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Embracing the Contemporary: The Keith L. and Katherine Sachs Collection

June 28–September 5, 2016

Inspiring, provocative, contemplative—the art of our time.

This exhibition celebrates one of the nation's leading collections of contemporary art. Assembled by Philadelphians Keith and Katherine Sachs, this collection features some of the most prominent European and American artists of the past fifty years. Many of the works have been generously donated or pledged as promised gifts to the Museum, marking a pivotal moment for the city as a premier destination for contemporary art.

From sculpture and painting to large-scale photography and video art, this exhibition presents a selection of works from the Sachs Collection. In addition to a concentration of works by American artists Robert Gober, Jasper Johns, Ellsworth Kelly, and Brice Marden, Embracing the Contemporary features major examples by influential artists from around the globe. These include Louise Bourgeois, Richard Hamilton, Howard Hodgkin, Anselm Kiefer, Steve McQueen, Gabriel Orozco, and Charles Ray—artists who have redefined our ideas about art, life, and beauty.

Keith and Katherine Sachs have developed their collection through a passionate engagement with living artists and in close dialogue with the museum's holdings and exhibitions. In addition to galleries dedicated to artists with whom they have established meaningful ties, the exhibition includes personal letters, photographs, and other objects that mark the history of their collection.

About the Collectors

Keith and Katherine Sachs have been supporters of the Philadelphia Museum of Art since the 1970s.

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Support for this exhibition is provided by Ballard Spahr LLP, Drucker & Scaccetti, PC, and the Estate of Phyllis T. Ballinger, as well as by Lyn M. Ross and anonymous donors.

The publication is supported by Matthew Marks Gallery and The Andrew W. Mellon Fund for Scholarly Publications at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.


Carlos Basualdo, The Keith L. and Katherine Sachs Senior Curator of Contemporary Art

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