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Preview: What's New - Philadelphia Museum of Art

What's New - Philadelphia Museum of Art

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is among the largest and most important art museums in the United States.


Innovative and Exotic: French Ceramics 1860–1910
The objects in this gallery are marvelous examples of the unbridled innovation that characterized French ceramics in the second half of the nineteenth century. Many of the works also demonstrate the influence that Asian art, in particular Japanese art, had on ceramics in the period.

Exhibition Video: Jitish Kallat on Covering Letter
Interview with Jitish Kallat from Telling Tales: Excursions in Narrative Form, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney, 2016. Courtesy the artist and Museum of Contemporary Art Australia © Jitish Kallat

Exhibition Video: Classical Splendor
Get a closer look at the luxurious furniture and interiors that Benjamin Henry Latrobe designed in 1808 for Philadelphia merchant William Waln and his wife, Mary.

At the Center: Masters of American Craft
Explore works by ceramist Rudolf Staffel and woodturner David Ellsworth, two figures who have shaped and influenced American contemporary craft. This installation features a striking pairing of objects that demonstrates the artists’ ingenuity and virtuosity.

British Art and Architecture
Experience the grandeur of affluent English country life in these period interiors, which showcase a selection of British paintings, furniture, ceramics, silver, and other decorative arts from the collection.

Exhibition Video: Keith and Katherine Sachs In Their Own Words
Keith and Katherine Sachs share how they assembled their collection over the course of forty years and talk about the relationships they forged along the way.

Q & A with Fashion Designer Walé Oyéjidé
One fashion brand featured in the Vlisco exhibition is 2016 Best of Philly winner Ikiré Jones. Walé Oyéjidé, the company’s designer and creative director, shares his inspiration and artistic vision.

Exhibition Video: Conversation with Keith and Katherine Sachs
Learn more about Keith and Katherine Sachs and their exceptional collection of contemporary art.

In the Galleries: Adam and Eve in Samplers
Discover some of the many interpretations of Adam and Eve in the Museum’s renowned collection of schoolgirl embroideries.

Q & A with Collectors Keith and Kathy Sachs
Embracing the Contemporary gives the public a first look at the remarkable Sachs Collection. Here Keith and Kathy Sachs share how they assembled the collection over the course of four decades and talk about the relationships they forged along the way.

Exhibition Trailer: Embracing the Contemporary
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. A large number of the works have been donated or pledged as promised gifts to the Museum, signaling the couple’s deep commitment to the institution and the city of Philadelphia.

Looking Back on African Art: A Partnership of Two Museums
The Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Penn Museum are two of the world�s great institutions for the preservation, study, and display of art, and in this city their unique collections coexist in complementary ways. Founded in 1876, the Philadelphia Museum of Art generally shows art from Europe, the Americas, and Asia made during the last two thousand years, up to contemporary art. The Penn Museum (also known as the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology or, simply, the University Museum), founded in 1887, has a broader geographic scope with a focus on mostly older material, such as ancient artifacts.

In the Galleries: Contemporary Art on Paper from Marion Boulton “Kippy” Stroud
This installation highlights the contributions of the late Marion Boulton “Kippy” Stroud, whose generosity had a transformative effect on the Museum’s collection of contemporary prints, drawings, and photographs. Best known as the founding director of the Fabric Workshop and Museum, Kippy was also a longtime trustee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Exhibition Trailer: Creative Africa
From contemporary photography, fashion, and architecture to centuries-old sculpture, Creative Africa presents the visionary work of artists throughout Africa. At the heart of the season is Look Again: Contemporary Perspectives on African Art, a major exhibition drawn from the Penn Museum’s distinguished African collection.

In the Galleries: El Greco in Focus
This installation offers the opportunity for us to focus closely on four pictures by El Greco and reassess them based on new research. Although this scrutiny often leads to more questions than answers, it represents a step forward in understanding these remarkable paintings.

Exhibition Lecture: Roadmap to International Pop
Get a behind-the-scenes look at the making of �International Pop� with Darsie Alexander, Executive Director of the Katonah Museum of Art. She is later joined by Erica F. Battle, the Philadelphia Museum of Art�s John Alchin and Hal Marryatt Associate Curator of Contemporary Art, to reflect on how Pop art took the world by storm.

Exhibition Video: Bruce Mau Receives Design Excellence Award
On November 20, 2015, Bruce Mau received the 2015 Design Excellence Award from Collab, a group of design professionals and enthusiasts who support modern and contemporary design at the Museum. In this video, hear what Mau has to say about his design consultancy, Massive Change Network, which champions twenty-four principles that individuals or a global brand can use to set goals and achieve solutions.

In the Galleries: Cadwalader Portraits & Photos from the Collection
Explore portraits of the influential Cadawalder family of Philadelphia as well as surprising selection of works from the Museum’s photography collection.

Exhibition Video: Animation of a Color Woodcut
See how woodcut master Antonio Frasconi added layer upon layer of color to create “Railroad Yard,” an exceptional work on view in the exhibition "Breaking Ground: Printmaking in the US, 1940–1960."

Exhibition Trailer: Inside Out
Inside Out brings large-scale, high-quality replicas of favorite works from the Museum’s collection to neighborhoods throughout the region. Head outdoors and experience beautiful images by Vincent van Gogh, Georgia O’Keeffe, Andy Warhol, and others right in your community. Inside Out brings treasures from the collection to you. Picnic in the park alongside Monet’s waterlilies, visit Brancusi’s Kiss on a romantic stroll, or get transported to Paris while brunching with friends on Main Street.

In the Galleries: Korea Now
The works of art in this gallery showcase the creativity flourishing in Korea today. Drawn from the Museum’s permanent collection, the installation features a diverse range of objects and imagery produced by living Korean artists in the mediums of ceramics, photography, lacquerware, and metalwork.

Pop Art and Music
Renaissance man Ben Vaughn is known for his work as a musician, producer, TV and film composer, and the host of the radio show and podcast "The Many Moods of Ben Vaughn". Here’s what he had to say about creating the Museum’s first-ever Spotify playlist, a musical companion to the "International Pop" exhibition.

Spotify Playlist: International Pop by Ben Vaughn
Hear an eclectic mix of songs by the Velvet Underground, the Beatles, Astrud Gilberto, Serge Gainsbourg, and others in this special playlist curated by nationally renowned radio and podcast host Ben Vaughn.

Exhibition Trailer - International Pop
This exhibition chronicles Pop art’s emergence as a global movement, migrating from the United Kingdom and the United States to western and eastern Europe, Latin America, and Japan. Although Pop arose in distinct forms within each region, artists expressed a shared interest in mass media, consumerism, and figuration. International Pop navigates a fast-paced world packed with bold and thought-provoking imagery, revealing a vibrant cultural period shaped by widespread social and political revolution.

In the Galleries - Auspicious Symbols in Japanese Art
Uncover how Japanese artists have used auspicious symbols such as the dragon, the tiger, and the phoenix in their work to express wishes of longevity, prosperity, and happiness.

In the Galleries - Presidential China
This installation presents a rare collection of presidential tablewares, including a Chinese ginger jar owned by George Washington, a plate used by the Roosevelts at their family home in Hyde Park, and a cup and saucer purchased during the Reagan administration for use aboard Air Force One.

Exhibition Video - An Exhibition Mural Revealed
Discover how Philly sign-painter Christian Cantiello created a mural inspired by Indian drawings.

Exhibition Videos - Drawn from Courtly India
Explore drawing techniques used in courtly India, and watch Philly sign-painter Christian Cantiello create a mural inspired by the exhibition Drawn from Courtly India.

Exhibition Video - Adam Gopnik of The New Yorker
Adam Gopnik (New Yorker staff writer) talks about the history of objects in American art and shows how artists have had a special interest in the unalloyed, empirical scrutiny of things for their own sake.

Exhibition Video - Bruce Mau: Work on What You Love
Bruce Mau shares how design principles can be a force for positive change.

In the Galleries - Drawing Room from a New York Town House
Explore this luxurious space, which stands as a rare document of life during the Gilded Age. Originally installed in the New York town house of heiress Eleanore Elkins Rice in the 1920s, this elegant gallery features a distinguished collection of French furniture, porcelain, and textiles of the 1700s. It is the only historic interior in the Museum�s collection with its original furnishings.

Exhibition Video: Highlights with Curator Mark Mitchell
Explore highlights of Audubon to Warhol: The Art of American Still Life with curator Mark Mitchell.

Exhibition Video: In the Studio with Still-Life Painter Sarah Lamb
From her Chester County studio, Sarah Lamb shares how to create a beautiful still-life painting that fools the eye.

New in the Galleries: Phila. Still Life, Landscapes & Mexican Modernism
Explore the tradition of still-life painting in Philadelphia, modernist visions of America, and an artistic renaissance inspired by the Mexican Revolution.

Exhibition Trailer: Audubon to Warhol: The Art of American Still Life
The first survey of American still life in three decades, Audubon to Warhol: The Art of American Still Life features 130 oil paintings, watercolors, and works in other media representing the finest accomplishments in the genre from its beginnings in the early 1800s to the Pop Art era of the 1960s.

Exhibition Video: Prometheus and Michelangelo�s Risen Christ
Curator Christopher Atkins uncovers striking similarities between Rubens�s Prometheus and Michelangelo�s Risen Christ in the Sistine Chapel.

New in the Galleries - Chinese Reception Hall
Behold treasures from the Ming and Qing dynasties within our magnificent Chinese reception hall. Featuring a soaring thirty-foot ceiling supported by red-lacquered columns and carved brackets, this grand space was once part of a Beijing palace.

New in the Galleries - At the Center: Masters of American Craft
Explore innovative examples of contemporary craft by fiber artist Ted Hallman and ceramist Robert Winokur. Drawn from the Museum’s collection and accompanied by a selection of loans, this installation showcases the artists’ ingenuity, virtuosity, and impact on the field.

Conservation of Firearms from the Kienbusch Collection
The Museum recently documented and conserved 125 firearms from the Kretzschmar von Kienbusch Collection of Arms and Armor. Artistic and technological masterpieces, the objects were collected by New York businessman and philanthropist Carl Otto Kretzschmar von Kienbusch and bequeathed to the Museum in 1977. Mainly used by noblemen for hunting and target-shooting, the firearms include long guns, rifles, and pistols from leading schools of gun-making in Europe, and range in date from the sixteenth through the nineteenth centuries.

Exhibition Trailer - Inside Out
The Philadelphia Museum of Art is sharing its art. This summer and fall, sixty high-quality replicas of Museum masterpieces will find their way into communities around the region. Each participating neighborhood will feature about ten artworks within a short distance of each other. Walk through the park, hop on a bike, or meander down Main Street through each exciting outdoor exhibition.

Exhibition Video - Monet�s Groundbreaking Popl
Hear the story behind Claude Monet�s magnificent series of �Poplar� paintings, six of which will be on view in Philadelphia in the exhibition �Discovering the Impressionists.�

Exhibition Video - The Triumph of Impressionism
Curator Jennifer Thompson describes the Impressionists� colorful scenes of French life. Despite receiving negative criticism from the art establishment early in their careers, the Impressionists persevered through the unwavering support of Parisian art dealer Paul Durand-Ruel, who promoted and sold their work around the world.

Multimedia: Animation of "A Couple Waltzing" by Eadweard Muybridge
This presentation simulates the view seen through a phenakistoscope, an early animation device that used a spinning disc of sequential images to create the illusion of motion. In 1893, photographer Eadweard Muybridge produced a promotional disc of a dancing couple to advertise his invention, the zoopraxiscope, a more advanced machine that projected animated images.

Exhibition Video - Shelley Spector: Materials and Process
Learn how Shelley Spector uses humble materials, such as shoeshine kits and secondhand clothes, to create sculpture imbued with layers of history and meaning.

Exhibition Video - Keep the Home Fires Burning: Invitation and Inspiration
After receiving an intriguing invitation from curator Dilys Blum, Philadelphia artist Shelley Spector discovers a boldly embroidered textile in the Museum�s collections and creates a deeply personal gallery installation in response.

South Asian Art Galleries Closed for Renovations
Beginning March 2, 2015, the galleries of South Asian art (galleries 224–232, except 226) will be closed for a comprehensive transformation. For the first time in forty years, these galleries will be updated and reimagined. They will reopen fall 2016.

Exhibition Video - Gold Leaf: A Timeless Tradition
Philadelphia artist Diane Pieri shows the irresistible appeal of gold leaf, a shimmering material that Kano painters used to great effect in their magnificent works.

Trailer for Upcoming Exhibition: Discovering the Impressionists
Despite the popularity of Impressionism today, the groundbreaking shifts that occurred in French painting at the end of the nineteenth century were not immediately embraced by collectors, dealers, or the public. A vital figure in the rise of Impressionism is Paul Durand-Ruel (1831�1922), a practical, ambitious, and visionary Parisian art dealer who enthusiastically championed the new style of painting. Discovering the Impressionists examines the critical years from 1865 to 1905 when Durand-Ruel both inspired and sustained artists like Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, �douard Manet, Camille Pissarro, and Edgar Degas.

Four Hundred Years of the Kano School
The Kano school served as painters-in-attendance to the shoguns, military rulers who lavishly decorated their castles with symbols of power and prestige. Its unique training system instilled in successive generations of artists the techniques and imagery that set the aesthetic standards of their age, forming a common visual language for Japanese painting that still resonates today.

Exhibition Video: Kano Painters� Masterful Use of Gold
Curator Felice Fischer describes how the Kano artists created dramatic paintings on lustrous gold leaf to demonstrate the shoguns� power and authority.

Storage Project: Modern and Contemporary Design and Craft Furniture
Until recently, the Museum had just 2,774 square feet of storage for its holdings of modern and contemporary design and craft furniture, insufficient for the current number of objects and severely limiting room for new acquisitions. Thanks to generous funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the Museum made significant improvements with the acquisition and installation of new compact shelving in 2013–14.

The Museum Acquires Important Paintings by Cézanne, Manet, Pissarro, Morisot, and Duchamp
The Museum recently announced several important gifts to its collection. Five paintings were acquired as a bequest from longtime supporter Helen Tyson Madeira. They include Mont Sainte-Victoire (1902–6) by Paul Cézanne; Basket of Fruit (1864) by Édouard Manet; Railroad to Dieppe (1886) and Avenue de l’Opéra: Morning Sunshine (1898), both by Camille Pissarro; and Young Girl with Basket (1892) by Berthe Morisot. In addition, two rare early portraits by Marcel Duchamp have been received from Yolande Candel, daughter of Duchamp’s lifelong friend Gustave Candel. They depict her grandparents and were painted in Paris in 1911–12.

Exhibition Minutes - Drawn with Spirit: Pennsylvania German Fraktur from the Joan and Victor Johnson
One of the most admired forms of American folk art, fraktur are decorated Germanic documents featuring brilliant colors and often whimsical imagery. Transplanted to Pennsylvania by German-speaking immigrants in the 1700s, these hand-drawn or printed works on paper are distinguished by a broken (or “fractured”) style of lettering. Small yet exuberant, fraktur celebrated important moments in the personal and domestic lives of Pennsylvania Germans.

Trailer for Upcoming Exhibition: "Ink and Gold: Art of the Kano"
"Ink and Gold" explores the stunning artistry of the esteemed Kano painters, the most enduring and influential school of painting in Japanese history. Established by Kano Masanobu in the late fifteenth century, the lineage created and upheld standards of artistic excellence in Japan for nearly four hundred years. The exhibition presents more than 120 works of art spanning the school’s long and illustrious history with a focus on large-scale, gold leaf folding screens and sliding doors designed for residences of Japan’s ruling elite. This exhibition, which also includes ink paintings, hanging scrolls, and folding fans, is the first outside Japan—and the first anywhere since 1979—to so fully examine the Kano painters’ legacy.

Trailer for "Represent: 200 Years of African American Art"
This exhibition highlights selections from the Museums exceptional holdings of African American art and celebrates the publication of a catalogue examining the breadth of these noteworthy collections. With work by renowned artists such as Henry Ossawa Tanner, Horace Pippin, Jacob Lawrence, Martin Puryear, and Carrie Mae Weems, the exhibition showcases a range of subjects, styles, mediums, and traditions. Since the Museums acquisition of Tanners painting <i>The Annunciation</i> in 1899, its collections of African American art have grown significantly, especially during the last three decades.

Watch: Photojournalist David Maialetti on Paul Strand's "Portrait of an Italian Village&
David Maialetti describes the continuing allure of Luzzara, Italy, a modest town along the Po River that Paul Strand photographed in 1953. Published in a book called "Un Paese: Portrait of an Italian Village" in 1955, Strand�s compelling images have had a lasting impact, particularly on the people of Luzzara. In 2014 Maialetti traveled to the town to discover what it is like today.

Trailer for Upcoming Exhibition: Paul Strand: Master of Modern Photography
Enjoy a trailer for our upcoming special exhibition: Paul Strand: Master of Modern Photography

Exhibition Trailer - Making a Classic Modern
Presented for the first time in this exhibition is the comprehensive design for the renewal and expansion of the Philadelphia Museum of Art by internationally celebrated architect Frank Gehry. Best known for the expressive sculptural forms of buildings such as the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, Gehry’s approach to this project is dramatically different and virtually unique.

Exhibition Minutes: In Dialogue: Wolfgang Tillmans
What do a black-and-white image of ripe fruit and Wolfgang Tillmans’s monumental color photograph of a cluttered windowsill have in common with Old Master still lifes? Exhibition curator Nathaniel Stein shares his thoughts.

Exhibition Minutes - Picasso Prints: Myths, Minotaurs, and Muses
This exhibition focuses on Pablo Picasso’s response to the world of classical antiquity in nearly fifty prints from four critical decades of his career. His wide-ranging interests in ancient art, mythology, and literature were a continual source of inspiration for the compulsively creative artist, who infused them with his personal mythology.

Behind the Scenes: Diana's Transformation - Repair, Gilding, and Final Display
See the final steps in Dianaâ's transformation, including structural repairs and coatings of zinc chromate to prevent corrosion. Also, witness how gold leaf is delicately applied to her surface as well as the ways in which her new luster is made less bright so visitors can fully appreciate her beautiful modeling and form indoors.

Exhibition Minutes: Frank Gehry Interview
Frank Gehry and his team have been developing and refining plans for the Museum’s renovation and expansion since 2006. In this candid and revealing interview, Gehry shares his vision for the building’s future.

Artist Sarah Stolfa on the Power of Flash Photography
Photographer Sarah Stolfa explains how flash was essential in the creation of her portrait series "The Regulars." Taken while she tended bar at McGlinchey's, the intimate pictures capture regular patrons alone in the dimly lit "everyman's bar." Her portrait of William Spearing is prominently featured in the exhibition "Artificial Light: Flash Photography in the Twentieth Century."

Conservation: Guidelines For Descriptive Terminology For Works Of Art On Paper
This project is intended to address the need for more accurate and consistent documentation of the materials and techniques used to create works of art on paper. No detailed guide for this currently exists. The guidelines presented here are designed to provide conservators, curators, registrars, cataloguers and others charged with describing art on paper with a step by step approach for describing all aspects of the manufacture of these works.