Carnegie International: A Playground in Pittsburgh

Every few years, one of the world’s most entrenched artsy rituals takes place at the Carnegie Museum of Art, located just a few miles outside of downtown Pittsburgh.  The Carnegie International is the oldest North American exhibition of contemporary art showcasing new artists from around the globe. It was first organized at the behest of industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, premiering on November 5, 1896.

This year’s play-themed International brings together 35 artists in a broad spectrum of medium (with at least half of the artists being women). The four part show is made up of the main exhibition and a few shows-within-the-show, such as mini-retrospectives of past International pieces from the Carnegie’s collection and The Playground Project – a history of post-war playground design along side artworks by the CMA’s children’s art camp.

The 2013 Carnegie International is on display through March 16, 2014. Let Visit Pittsburgh help plan your trip to the Steel City or contact Wanderlust Tours to create a customized art tour of the city.


We are thrilled to have Chet Domitz, expert in contemporary art from Hammond Harkins Gallery in Columbus, OH. share his thoughts on this year’s International. Read Chet’s article here.