Exhibit Celebrates the Guitar's Dangerous Curves

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Exhibit Celebrates the Guitar's Dangerous Curves


On Nov. 5, a new exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, will open that celebrates the guitar as an object d'art. Featuring more than 130 instruments from museums and private collections around the world, "Dangerous Curves: Art of the Guitar" examines four centuries of innovation and the evolution of the guitar. It remains on view until Feb. 25, 2001.

The exhibit begins with early Baroque pieces, traces the development of the guitar through turn-of-the-20th century advancements, explores how the invention of the electric guitar changed the medium, and concludes with present-day instruments that continue to incorporate ultra-modern design aspects. Included in the exhibit is one of the earliest surviving guitars--a Portuguese Belchior Dias dated 1590.

"To a far greater degree than any other instrument, the guitar has been interpreted with an extraordinary variety of form and decoration, and it reflects the aesthetics of the time," said Darcy Kuronen, curator of musical instruments at the MFA, who organized the exhibit.

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