Aiming to spark new conversations between contemporary works and holdings from its permanent collection, The Phillips Collection
welcomes springtime visitors to explore recent acquisitions alongside some of the museums most beloved European masterworks.
The installation of these intimate galleries is organized into several themes, including sculpture, drawings, and portraiture. While many of the artworks are renowned favorites, such as Edgar Degass Dancers at the Barre; Joan Mirós The Red Sun; and Pierre-Auguste Renoirs Luncheon of the Boating Party, the installation unveils several rarely seen works, including Jean-Honore Fragonards drawing Odorico Kills Corebo and Sets Out in Pursuit of Isabella and Pablo Picassos bronze sculpture Head of a Woman. This installation allows rediscovery of treasures in the museums holdings.
Our intention is to showcase the museums collection at its very best, through small installations of works seldom on display alongside popular masterworks, says Senior Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art Vesela Sretenović. This aesthetic logic was cherished by founder Duncan Phillips as a way to create visual experiences that come together in an exceptional display.
At the same time, a gallery on the second floor of the House highlights some of the Phillipss recent acquisitions, including works by living artists, such as Linda Ridgway (The Conversation, 1995), and Valeska Soares (Fainting Couch, 2001). Soares multisensory work invites visitors to repose on a stainless steel chaise as they take in the heady olfactory notes of real Stargazer lilies6080 blooms that must be replaced weeklywhich are stored in drawers built underneath the metal seating. These works are accompanied by delicate drawings of nature by Helen Torr.
The juxtaposition of provocative new additions with iconic European masterworks demonstrates the museums commitment to founder Duncan Phillipss mission to create an intimate museum combined with an experiment station, says director Dr. Dorothy Kosinski.
Moreover, with our landmark Made in the U.S.A. exhibition on display in many of our galleries, we are keen to balance the collecting history of our founder with the aspirations of a modern collecting institutionone that eagerly supports both renowned and emerging contemporary artists and recognizes the importance of their work.
The Phillips plans to display a selection of new acquisitions throughout the spring and summer, with a rotation of artworks in May. Visitors are encouraged to return to the museum throughout both seasons to view the selection of new works on display.