The Walters is Hosting a Medieval-Themed Preview Party For Its New Exhibition

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One of Baltimore’s beloved fine art museums is going medieval this Saturday.On Oct. 15, ticket-holding members of the public are invited to wear their finest 15th-century attire to the Walters Art Museum for a fundraising party preceding the opening of its new exhibition, A Feast for the Senses: Art and Experience in Medieval Europe.

The gala and party present the public with a chance to preview the exhibition, said Katarina Ziegler, the Walters’ manager of institutional giving.

Guests willing to pay the $115 ticket price will enjoy an open bar, a DJ and dance floor and desserts in the museum’s Sculpture Court.

The museum will be closed on Saturday in preparation for the party. The following day, A Feast for the Senses will be open to the public. The exhibit runs from Sunday through Jan. 8, 2017. It will have showcase more than 100 works of European art, including stained glass, ceramics, tapestries, prints, pieces of metalwork and other media from the late medieval period. The Walters is putting its own medieval art collection on display and has also borrowed pieces from international institutions and private collections.

Zeiglers said the exhibition as a whole takes on “a new approach.”

“We’re trying to bring in smells, sounds, different lighting and a different experience to make it multisensory,” she said.

Specific to smells, A Feast for the Senses includes a fragrance-focused component crafted by contemporary artist Brian Goeltzenleuchter. As we noted last month, he has asked city residents to tell him what their neighborhood smells like so that he can create fragrances representing the smells of each side of Baltimore.

Between the smell experiment, the medieval dress-up gala and the array of ornate historical works to be featured in museum, A Feast for the Senses is shaping up to be an engaging exhibition.

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