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Director’s Desk: The Soul of Museums

April 13, 2011

Yesterday The New York Times reported on ways museums are mining their permanent collections to create thoughtful and affordable exhibitions. Intelligent and innovative dialogue with the collection is at the core of our work at The Phillips Collection.  Almost every exhibition embraces works from the collection, frequently in the context of crucial and carefully selected temporary loans, in order to share new knowledge from curatorial and technical investigations.

David Smith: Invents provides a context for two important recent acquisitions, Bouquet of Concaves (above) and work on paper in black egg ink. (David Smith. Bouquet of Concaves, 1959, Steel, painted. The Phillips Collection, gift of Gifford and Joann Phillips, 2008. © Estate of David Smith/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY)”

Our upcoming Kandinsky project positions an exceedingly important work in our collection in the context of related works from museums in this country and Europe as well.

Transformative new insights, derived from technical analyses,  drives a Degas exhibition in the fall, celebrating one of our most beloved masterworks.

Of course, for such an economically challenged institution like ours, economic efficiencies are always an extremely important part of our planning.

Dorothy Kosinski, Director

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