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December 30th, 2013
December 30, 2013

December 18th, 2013

The Philadelphia Museum of Art announced today that it has met the goal of a major five-year initiative, The Lenfest Challenge, having raised a total of $54 million to endow 29 staff positions in its curatorial, conservation, library, archive, education, publishing, and digital technology departments.

December 9th, 2013

This spring the Philadelphia Museum of Art will present the first comprehensive survey in the United States devoted to the art of the celebrated Joseon dynasty (1392–1910), an era that profoundly shaped the culture of Korea in ways that continue to resonate today.  This will be the only East Coast venue for this unprecedented exhibition. Treasures from Korea: Arts and Culture of the Joseon Dynasty, 1392–1910 contains more than 150 works, among them National Treasures that have never before left Korea. The works range from screen paintings and calligraphy created for the courts to scenes that vividly and colorfully illustrate life across the social classes. Also displayed are ceremonial vessels, outstanding glazed ceramics, and works that reflect the dynamic encounters at the end of the nineteenth century between the “Hermit Kingdom” and the Western world. Illustrated books, metalwork, sculpture, lacquer, furniture, costumes, textiles, and photographs have been selected to demonstrate the breadth and scope of the dynasty’s artistic achievements. The exhibition comprises works drawn primarily from the collection of the National Museum of Korea, supplemented by loans from public and private collections in Korea and the United States.

한국 국립중앙박물관, 미국 필라델피아미술관(PMA), 로스앤젤레스카운티미술관(LACMA), 휴스턴미술관(MFAH)은 조선시대(1392-1910)의 미술과 문화를 종합적으로 조망하는 미국 최초의 전시회, <조선미술대전 (Treasures from Korea: Arts and Culture of the Joseon Dyansty, 1392-1910)>를 개최합니다. 이 전시는 필라델피아(2014년 3월 2일 - 5월 26일)를 시작으로, 로스앤젤레스(2014년 6월 29일 - 9월 28일)와 휴스턴(2014년 11월 2일 - 2015년 1월 11일)에서 차례로 열릴 예정입니다.

November 27th, 2013

The Philadelphia Museum of Art will welcome visitors with a host of festive events during the holiday season, including caroling in the galleries, hands-on art activities, and films as well as seasonal excursions to Mount Pleasant and to the newly restored Cedar Grove. On Friday, December 6, at 10:30 a.m., Timothy Rub, the George D. Widener Director and CEO, will kick off the season with an event featuring the Upper Darby High School Encore Singers, who will present a sneak preview in the Great Stair Hall of the group’s upcoming Holiday Week performance. At 11:00 a.m., the Museum will offer media and visitors (first come, first served) a trolley tour to Cedar Grove, reopening in time for the holidays after sixteen months of refurbishments.

November 20th, 2013

This winter, the Philadelphia Museum of Art will present as part of the Live Cinema series the North American premiere of Inventory, the latest work by internationally renowned artist Fiona Tan. Inventory, an installation consisting of six films and videos projected as a large-scale montage on a wall accompanied by an instrumental soundtrack, explores the antiquities collection and unique architectural spaces of Sir John Soane’s Museum in London. Jointly commissioned by the Philadelphia Museum of Art and MAXXI—the National Museum of 21st Century Arts in Rome—Inventory represents another step in Tan’s investigation of time, memory, and place.

November 11th, 2013

Aspiring design students will apply their skills and creativity to compete in the 21st annual Collab Student Design Competition, being held at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The competition is in conjunction with Marc Newson: At Home, the first solo museum exhibition in the United States devoted to one of the world’s most acclaimed contemporary designers. The exhibition is on view from November 23, 2013 to April 20, 2014 in the Ruth and Raymond G. Perelman Building.

October 30th, 2013

The Surrealists: Works from the Collection will provide a selection of exceptional works from the Philadelphia Museum of Art that represent one of the most influential art movements of the twentieth century. Surveying the period during which Surrealism flourished—from the mid-1920s to the late 1940s in Europe and the United States—this exhibition will begin by examining the movement’s Parisian origins and trace its development over time as its methods and goals were embraced by a broad international avant-garde. Reflecting a deep fascination with psychoanalysis and dreams as well as myth and fantasy, the work of the Surrealists explored the use of chance and spontaneity to access the unconscious, defined new ways of making art, and tested the boundaries of social acceptability.

October 28th, 2013
Young Woman Seated at a Virginal, one of less than forty surviving paintings by the great Dutch master Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675), is now on view at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. As he did throughout his career, Vermeer took his inspiration for this intimately scaled oil painting from contemporary life. Focusing attention on a single, well-dressed woman at a virginal—a keyboard instrument akin to a harpsichord—Vermeer achieved crystalline perfection. He stripped the scene of almost all other details so that the viewer can focus on the unidentified woman, the light that pours into the interior, and the forms crafted from that light.

October 23rd, 2013

This year’s Every Family Party, titled “Cityscapes,” is presented by PNC Arts Alive and will transform the Philadelphia Museum of Art into a make-believe city inspired by the exhibition Léger: Modern Art and the Metropolis. The bold art of Fernand Léger will come alive with music and dancing. Engaging and interactive performances, hands-on art activities, and kid-friendly food will be offered from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. throughout the main building.

October 17th, 2013

This multimedia exhibition unites The City, a major work of 1919 by the French painter Fernand Léger (1881–1955), with other important paintings from this momentous period as well as key works in film, theater design, graphic and advertising design, and architecture by the artist and his avant-garde colleagues. See below for more information about this exciting exhibition, along with information about hotel packages, public programs, store merchandise, the scholarly catalog and exciting Léger partnerships all around the city.

October 3rd, 2013

The Philadelphia Museum of Art will present the first solo museum exhibition in the United States devoted to Marc Newson, one of the world’s most acclaimed contemporary designers. Marc Newson: At Home will include furniture, clothing, and appliances, along with works related to transportation including a concept car and a bicycle. It will be organized and installed as a six-room home, including adult and child bedrooms, a living room, a kitchen, a bathroom, and a garage. The works are lent from collections in Europe, Japan, and the United States as well as from the designer himself. Videos of Newson’s drawings, prototypes, and other pieces will also be on view. The exhibition will be presented in the Collab Gallery, named for the group of collaborating design professionals that supports modern and contemporary design at the Museum.

September 26th, 2013

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is partnering with Campus Philly and other museums and cultural institutions throughout Philadelphia to offer free admission for College Day 2013 on Saturday, September 28. From 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., students (with valid college ID) can explore the Museum’s Main Building with more than 200 galleries of permanent collections and special exhibitions, as well as the Ruth and Raymond G. Perelman Building across the street and the nearby Rodin Museum.

September 3rd, 2013

The new season of Art After 5 features programs and performances inspired by the major fall exhibition Leger: Modern Art and the Metropolis, plus a diverse lineup of international music genres including Dixieland jazz and Motown, German cabaret, Eastern European music including Lithuanian jazz, Balkan bands and klezmer, and traditional Mexican Christmas music.

August 21st, 2013
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August 13th, 2013

In the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, prints became widely available to growing and increasingly enthusiastic audiences throughout Europe and the United States. The Enchanted World of German Romantic Prints tells an important chapter in this story. This exhibition, comprising 125 etchings, lithographs, and woodcuts, will explore prints by artists from Germany, Austria, and Switzerland from 1770 to 1850, and how printmaking reflected the profound cultural changes that swept across the German-speaking regions of Central Europe during this period. The works in the exhibition represent the many artistic enthusiasms of the age: the Romantic fascination with wild, untamed landscapes teeming with life; the intimate pleasures of family scenes and friendship portraits; the rediscovery of ancient Nordic sagas and traditional fairy tales; and the synthesis of visual art, poetry, and music. The Museum’s encyclopedic collection of prints from this period is the finest in the country and includes rare prints unseen even in the finest European collections.

July 30th, 2013
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July 3rd, 2013

The Philadelphia Museum of Art’s popular Friday evening Art After 5 music series will bring legendary performers and rising stars to the Great Stair Hall for a summer season of jazz and world music.

June 25th, 2013

Photogravure—a printing process favored by generations of artists that combines aspects of photography and aquatint etching to yield exceptional tonal effects—is the subject of an exhibition of master prints drawn from the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s extensive collection.

The exhibition Starting from Scratch: The Art of Etching from Dürer to Dine showcases some of the Museum’s finest etchings and includes major acquisitions and masterworks, many on display at the Museum for the first time. The exhibition spans five centuries and features prints by major artists—from Rembrandt and Goya to Brice Marden and Kara Walker—that illustrate the many ways artists have embraced this medium to create original and inventive work.

June 21st, 2013

The Philadelphia Museum of Art will undertake a major project to regild Diana, the thirteen-foot-tall sculpture of the Roman goddess by Augustus Saint-Gaudens that commands the Museum’s Great Stair Hall and was once mounted atop the tower of Madison Square Garden, which was completed in 1890 to designs by the American architect Stanford White. Made possible by a grant from Bank of America, this work will be undertaken by the Museum’s Conservation Department in consultation with its department of American Art and is expected to last approximately four months.

June 17th, 2013

Witness: The Art of Jerry Pinkney displays almost five decades of work by the celebrated Philadelphia-born illustrator. He is well known for spellbinding visual narratives that bring to life classic children’s literature, folktales, and trailblazing explorations of the American story. The exhibition comprises more than one hundred images, including designs for record album covers, commissions for African American historic sites, and luminous illustrations from his award-winning children’s books—including The Lion and the Mouse, winner of the 2010 Caldecott Medal—all of which trace Pinkney’s artistic journey as one of the United States’ finest visual storytellers. This exhibition is part of Art Splash, a suite of five family-friendly exhibitions, interactive art and play zones, and daily family programs in the Perelman Building from June 28 to September 2, 2013.

June 12th, 2013

For more than four decades, Barbara Chase-Riboud has integrated mediums and materials in uniquely expressive ways to create a remarkable body of literary and visual arts. This fall, the Philadelphia Museum of Art will present the first comprehensive survey of her iconic Malcolm X steles. With related sculptures and drawings, the exhibition brings together more than forty works from the United States and Europe in the artist’s first solo museum exhibition in more than ten years.

May 28th, 2013

On Wednesday, June 12th, 2013, the Philadelphia Museum of Art will present The Triptych, a three-part documentary series produced by AFROPUNK Pictures and directed by Terence Nance that profiles three cutting-edge New York-based contemporary artists of African descent, including Wangechi Mutu, Sanford Biggers, and Barron Claiborne. Nance, Biggers and Claiborne will be available for a panel discussion afterwards.

May 13th, 2013

This summer the Philadelphia Museum of Art will present Art Splash—a season filled with art, imaginative installations, and creative play. Centered on a retrospective of the work of the renowned Caldecott Medal-winning children's book illustrator Jerry Pinkney, Art Splash will present five enchanting exhibitions of illustration, fashion, photography, and design, each created especially with families in mind. Exciting interactive play spaces, daily hands-on art activities, and special events will combine for an extraordinary summer arts experience for children and their families. These exhibitions will open at various times throughout the spring and early summer. Daily Art Splash family programming begins on June 28.

April 18th, 2013

This spring, the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s popular Art After 5 music series, brings new faces and old favorites to Friday nights in the Great Stair Hall from 5:45 to 8:45 p.m. The season presents Latin American jazz, poetry, percussion, and piano performances, along with opera theater, drag cabaret, and Portuguese fado.

February 22nd, 2013

The Philadelphia Museum of Art today announced the appointment of Dirk H. Breiding as the J. J. Medveckis Associate Curator of Arms and Armor. Currently an Assistant Curator in the Arms and Armor Department at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Mr. Breiding began his professional career there in 2001 as an Annette Kade Fellow, and from 2002 until 2005 served as a Curatorial Assistant in the department before being promoted to his current position. Mr. Breiding received a B.A. degree in 1998 and an M.A. degree in 1999 in Art History from University College, London, then worked respectively as a research assistant and curator in the Departments of Oriental Antiquities and Medieval and Later Antiquities at the British Museum, and as a specialist in arms and armor at Christie’s London, South Kensington.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art today announced the appointment of Matthew Affron as the new Muriel and Philip Berman Curator of Modern Art. Dr. Affron will take up his new duties September 1.

January 28th, 2013

The Young Friends of the Philadelphia Museum of Art will hold their annual Winter Gala celebrating the exhibition “Great and Mighty Things”: Outsider Art from the Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz Collection. A much-anticipated annual event, the black-tie reception, entitled “A Great and Mighty Benefit,” will take place in the Museum’s Great Stair Hall. Guests will have the opportunity to stroll and mingle in the exhibition galleries where one of the country’s finest private collections of outsider art will be on view.

January 16th, 2013

Art Across America will be the first major survey of historical art of the United States to take place in South Korea. Featuring more than 100 American paintings, as well as decorative arts and design, from the collections of four U.S. institutions, the exhibition debuts at the National Museum of Korea, in Seoul, from February 4–May 19, 2013, and then travels to Daejeon Museum of Art, located near the center of the nation, from June 17–September 1, 2013.

January 10th, 2013

This spring, more than two hundred objects from one of the United States’ finest private collections of works by American self-taught artists will be on view at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. “Great and Mighty Things”: Outsider Art from the Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz Collection willpresent drawings, paintings, sculptures, and other objects by twenty-seven artists who worked outside the boundaries of the mainstream modern and contemporary art world.

January 2nd, 2013

Admission to the Philadelphia Museum of Art will be Pay What You Wish on Monday, January 21, in honor of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. Throughout the day the Museum will host an Art and Service Workshop with a range of activities for all ages. This event is a unique and exciting way to give back to the greater Philadelphia community as part of a nationwide effort to honor Dr. King’s legacy through social action.


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