The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Monday, November 30, 2015

Irene Leache memorial gifts to Chrysler Museum strengthen collection, bridge past with future
ILMF President Vickie Bilisoly (left), Irene Leache Curator of European Art, Jeff Harrison, Chrysler Museum of Art (center)
ILMF Vice President Catherine Jordan Wass (right).

NORFOLK, VA.- The Irene Leache Memorial Foundation has donated its entire collection of European Old Master paintings, sculpture, tapestries, and decorative arts to the Chrysler Museum of Art. At its March meeting, the museum’s board of trustees voted unanimously to accession the Irene Leache Memorial art collection.

On long-term loan to the Museum since within a year of its 1933 opening, the Irene Leache Memorial collection comprises 27 works of art dating from the 14th through 19th centuries. Many of the works were among the earliest art on gallery view in the Norfolk Museum of Arts and Sciences, the genesis of the Chrysler Museum.

Accompanying the gifts of art is another substantial bequest—an endowed curatorship. The Foundation has created the Irene Leache Curator of European Art, a position currently held by Jeff Harrison, who is also the Museum’s chief curator. The named curatorship is designed both to memorialize and perpetuate the symbiotic 80-year history between the Irene Leache Memorial and the Museum, giving both a more active and ongoing influence in the future of the arts in Hampton Roads.

The Memorial also will transfer a trove of books and historical materials to the Jean Outland Chrysler Library for cataloging, conservation, and community access. The archival documents, photographs, and memorabilia provide solid research background into the early collections and history of the Museum.

This extraordinary set of gifts “marks the zenith of a long-standing and richly creative relationship between the Chrysler and Norfolk’s most venerable arts organization,” Leache Curator Jeff Harrison said. “It also marks the commencement of a new and exciting era for the Chrysler and the dawn of an active, permanent, and enduring legacy for the Memorial.

“How fitting it is that at that as we reopen as the new Chrysler Museum of Art, we will present a newly unified and transformed early European collection and celebrate the Memorial’s continuing commitment to it. I cannot overstate how grateful I am—we are—for these remarkable gifts. You have immeasurably enriched both the Museum and the community we all serve,” Harrison told the Memorial’s members.

The Memorial’s board, 25 women appointed for life, also applauded the gift. “Our members are thrilled with this culmination of an 80-year partnership between the Irene Leache Memorial and the Chrysler Museum. It fulfills the founding vision of Annie Wood to create an art collection—and a museum in which to house it—in memory of Irene Leache,” said Vickie Bilisoly, ILMF president. “We hope that the art and the curatorial endowment will always serve as a living memorial not only to Irene Leache, but also to those she inspired to foster the arts in our community.”

Today's News

April 15, 2014

"Hogarth, Reynolds, Turner: British Painting and the Rise of Modernity" opens in Rome

Art Gallery of South Australia secures major Impressionist painting by Camille Pissarro

Woodblock prints by Japan's first Modern artist debut at the Smithsonian's Sackler Gallery

Sotheby's to sell the only known marine work by Danish artist Vilhelm Hammershøi

Magnificent jewels at Sotheby's to feature singular colored gemstones & jewels owned by Eydie Gorme

Irene Leache memorial gifts to Chrysler Museum strengthen collection, bridge past with future

Hillwood appoints curator of 19th-century art; Re-dates Faberge imperial Easter egg

Photographer Mario Testino named President of World Monuments Fund Peru

New to the auction market: Images of boats at sea by Ireland's leading artists offered at Bonhams

Opteres to hold Modern art unveiling and sale on eve of Art Basel Hong Kong

Beautiful Bentleys and a 'Rambo Lambo' amongst highlights for sale at Bonhams

Original watercolor illustrations by James Warhola on view at the Demuth Museum

Record-setting capsule, pressure suit and parachute donated to the Smithsonian

Exhibition at Art Institute of Chicago examines the city's architectural legacy and future potential

Tiffany Kashmir sapphire gold ring may bring $175,000 at Heritage Auctions in New York

Jeffrey S. Evans auction of Palmer Collection shows strength of southern decorative arts market

The Estate of Ray Frost Fleming, owner of Robert Kidd Gallery, highlights Heritage Auctions sale

Nazi memorabilia sale stopped after Jewish protests

First UK retrospective of visionary French artist Chris Marker opens at the Whitechapel Gallery

Early 1990s works on view at NYU's Grey Art Gallery

Viking Adventures from the British Museum to screen at cinemas across the UK

Exhibition of new works by Dutch artist Berndnaut Smilde opens at Ronchini Gallery

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- First solo exhibition by the American artist Mickalene Thomas in Belgium opens at Galerie Nathalie Obadia

2.- Israel accidentally finds ancient mosaic that served as pavement for a courtyard in a villa

3.- The address of Johannes Vermeer's the Little Street discovered by Rijksmuseum curator

4.- The nine lives of Russia's Hermitage cats that root out unwanted guests: Rodents

5.- Robbers make off with masterpieces by Rubens and Tintoretto from museum in Verona

6.- 17th century letters at Museum of Communication reveal refugees 'sense of loss'

7.- New museum dedicated to the artist Mu Xin opens in Zhejiang Province, China

8.- Who are the most prolific art collectors in the US today?

9.- Rubens House brings newly discovered study for a portrait by Van Dyck to Antwerp

10.- "The Nude in the XX and XXI century" curated by Jane Neal opens at Sotheby's S/2 London

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher:Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez
Social Network Manager and Translator: Norma Cristina Pérez Ayala Cano

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful