- Philadelphia Museum of Art
name= Philadelphia Museum of Art
Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia
website= [http://www.philamuseum.org www.philamuseum.org]
The Philadelphia Museum of Art, located at the west end of the
Benjamin Franklin Parkwayin Philadelphia's Fairmount Park, was established in 1876 in conjunction with the Centennial Expositionof the same year and is now among the largest art museums in the United States. Originally the Pennsylvania Museum and School of Industrial Art, its founding was inspired by the South Kensington Museum (now the Victoria and Albert Museum) in London, which grew out of the Great Exhibitionof 1851. It is known locally and colloquially as "The Art Museum." The museum opened its doors to the public on May 10, 1877, originally housed in Memorial Hall. While the location was adequate, it was isolated from the bulk of the city. [http://www.glasssteelandstone.com/BuildingDetail/472.php Philadelphia Museum of Art :: Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States :: Glass Steel and Stone ] ]
Construction of the current building began in 1919 when Mayor
Thomas B. Smithlaid the cornerstone in a Masonic ceremony on the former reservoir land of the decommissioned Fairmount Water Workscovering ten acres of ground. [Historical note: Mayor Smith is the great-grandfather of current Montgomery County District Attorney Bruce L. Castor, Jr.] The first section was completed in the spring of 1928. The quasi- Greek Revivaldesign was produced by Horace Trumbauerand the firm of Zantzinger, Borie and Medary. The façadeof the building is of Minnesota dolomite. The pedimentfacing the parkway is adorned with sculptures by C. Paul Jenneweindepicting Greek gods and goddesses. There is also a collection of griffins, which were adopted as the symbol of the museum in the 1970s.
For the better part of a century the McIlhenny family held an important relationship with the museum.
Henry P. McIlhennywas involved for almost half a century, first as curator from 1939 to 1964, then as chairman of the board in 1976 until his death in 1986, when he left the bulk of his estate to the museum.
The institution describes itself as "one of the largest museums in the United States" [ [http://www.philamuseum.org/ Main Web page] , Philadelphia Museum of Art, accessed
April 26, 2007] , and its collections include more than 225,000 objects, [http://www.philamuseum.org/collections/ "Museum Collections" web page] , at web site for The Philadelphia Museum of Art, accessed April 26, 2007] Though the Museum houses over 200 galleries spanning 2,000 yearscitation | title= Philadelphia Museum of Art: About | publisher=ARTINFO | year=2008 | url= http://www.artinfo.com/galleryguide/19912/6452/about/philadelphia-museum-of-art-philadelphia/| accessdate=2008-07-29] , it does not have any galleries devoted to Egyptian, Roman, or Pre-Columbian art. This is because a partnership between the museum and the University of Pennsylvania had been enacted early in the museum's history. The University loaned the museum its collection of Chinese porcelain, and the Museum loaned a majority of its Roman, Pre-Columbian, and Egyptian pieces to the University. However, the museum keeps a few important pieces for special exhibitions.Infobox_nrhp | name =Fidelity Mutual Life Insurance Company Building
location= Fairmount and Pennsylvania Aves.,
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architect= Zantzinger & Borie; Lawrie,Lee
architecture= No Style Listed
July 02, 1973
governing_body = Private
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Each year the Museum puts on 15 to 20 special exhibitions and is visited by 800,000 people. Some of the larger and most famous special exhibitions, which have attracted hundreds of thousands of people from every state and around the world, include shows featuring
Paul Cézanne(in 1996, attracting 548,000) and Salvador Dalí(in 2005, attracting 370,000).
Widely regarded as a world-class art institution, the Philadelphia Museum of Art includes not only its iconic Main Building, but also the
Rodin Museum(also on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway) and several other historic sites. The recently acquired Ruth and Raymond G. Perelman Building (across the street from the Main Building) opened in 2007 and houses for public display a few of the Museum's more popular collections. It includes five new exhibition spaces, a sky lit galleria, and a café overlooking a landscaped terrace.
In the 18th century, Philadelphia was one of the most important cities in North America and was a center of style and culture. [http://www.nga.gov/collection/gallery/iadfurn/iadfurn-18130.0.html Highboy ] ] The museum is particularly known for its important collections of
Pennsylvania Germanart, 18th- and 19th-century furniture and silver by early Philadelphia and Pennsylvaniacraftsmen, and works by prominent Philadelphia artist Thomas Eakins. The museum houses the most important Eakins collection in the world.
Overview of the collections
As one of the nation's great artistic and historic resources, the Museum houses more than 225,000 objects highlighting the creative achievements of the Western world since the first century A.D. and those of Asia since the third millennium B.C..
Highlights of the Asian collections include paintings and sculpture from China, Japan, and India; furniture and decorative arts, including major collections of Chinese, Japanese, and Korean ceramics; a large and distinguished group of Persian and Turkish carpets; and rare and authentic architectural assemblages such as a Japanese teahouse, a Chinese palace hall, and a sixteenth-century Indian temple hall.
The European collections, dating from the medieval era to the present, encompass Italian and Flemish early-Renaissance masterworks; strong representations of later European paintings, including
French Impressionismand Post-Impressionism; sculpture, with a special concentration in the works of Auguste Rodin; decorative arts; tapestries; furniture; the second largest collection of arms and armor in the United States; and period rooms and architectural settings ranging from the façade of a medieval church in Burgundy to a superbly decorated English drawing room by Robert Adam.
The museum's American collections, surveying three centuries of painting, sculpture, and decorative arts, are among the finest in the United States, with outstanding strengths in 18th and 19th-century Philadelphia furniture and silver, rural Pennsylvania furniture and ceramics, and the paintings of
Modern artwork include extraordinary concentrations of work by such artists as
Pablo Picasso, Marcel Duchamp, and Constantin Brancusi, as well as American modernists, making the museum one of the best in the world in which to see modern art. The expanding collection of contemporary artincludes major works by Cy Twombly, Jasper Johns, and Sol LeWitt, among many others.
In addition to these collections, the museum houses encyclopedic holdings of costume and textiles as well as prints, drawings, and photographs that are displayed in rotation for reasons of preservation.
The Carl Otto Kretzschmar von Kienbusch Collection
The museum also houses the comprehensive
armorcollection of Carl Otto Kretzschmar von Kienbusch. The Von Kienbusch collection was bequeathed by the celebrated collector to the Philadelphia Museum of Art in 1976, the BicentennialAnniversary of the American Revolution. The Von Kienbusch holdings are comprehensive, and include European arms and armor spanning several centuries. [ [http://www.philamuseum.org/press/releases/2004/405.html Philadelphia Museum of Art - Information : Press Room : Press Releases : 2004 ] ]
A few years ago, the Philadelphia Museum of Art reached an agreement with German authorities for the return of five pieces of armor stolen from
Dresdenduring World War II. In 1953, collector von Kienbusch purchased the armor unsuspectingly. It was donated to the Art Museum in 1976. Kienbusch published catalogs of his collection, which eventually led Dresden authorities to bring the matter up with the Art Museum. [ [http://links.jstor.org/sici?sici=0031-7314(198524)81%3A345%3C2%3ACOKVKA%3E2.0.CO%3B2-3 Carl Otto Kretzschmar von Kienbusch and the Collecting of Arms and Armor in America, Donald J. LaRocca, Philadelphia Museum of Art Bulletin, Vol. 81, No. 345, Kienbusch Centennial (Winter, 1985), pp. 2+4-24, doi:10.2307/3795448] ] [ [http://www.dictionaryofarthistorians.org/haywardj.htm Armor Collection] at DictionaryofArtHistorians.org.]
Due to overwhelming popularity and overflowing collections, it was announced in October 2006, that
Frank Gehrywill be designing an expansion to the museum. The convert|80000|sqft|m2|-3|sing=on gallery will be built entirely underground beneath the Rocky Stepsand will not alter any of the museum's existing Greek revival facade. Though the date for construction to begin has not been announced, the construction is projected to last a decade and cost $500 million. It will increase the museum's available display space by sixty percent and house mostly contemporary sculpture, Asian art, and special exhibitions. cite news | first=Robin| last=Pogrebin | url=http://travel.nytimes.com/2006/10/19/arts/design/19gehr.html | title=Philadelphia Museum Job Sends Gehry Underground| publisher= New York Times| date=October 19, 2006 ]
The outdoors of the museum is currently getting a "facelift." cite news | first=Peter | last=Dobrin| url= http://www.philly.com/philly/news/breaking/20070612_Phila__art_museum_gets_a_facelift.html | title=Phila. art museum gets a facelift| publisher=
Philadelphia Inquirer| date=June 12, 2007 ] While the museum itself is expanding across the street, some 200,000 books and periodicals and 1.6 million other documents are moving from the Main Building to the art decoformer headquarters of the Fidelity Mutual Life Insurance Companyacross the street at Fairmount and Pennsylvania avenues cite news | first=Peter | last=Dobrin| url= http://www.philly.com | title=Art Museum (part of it) packs up| publisher= Philadelphia Inquirer| date=March 08, 2007] . It has been renamed the Perelman Building. cite news | first=Inga | last=Saffron | url= http://www.philly.com/philly/news/homepage/20070902_Art_palace_is_right_fit_with_Phila_.html | title=Art palace is right fit with Phila| publisher= Philadelphia Inquirer| date= September 2, 2007]
The Fidelity Mutual Life Insurance Company Building was constructed in 1927 by Philadelphia-based architects
Zantzinger, Borie and Medaryand was adorned by sculptors Lee Lawrieand Samuel Yellin. In 1982 it was restored and later acquired by the Reliance Standard Life Insurance Company. cite news | first=Krista | last=Walton | url= http://www.nationaltrust.org/magazine/archives/arc_news_2007/050807.htm | title=Philadelphia Museum of Art Expands into 1927 Office Building| publisher= National Trust for Historic Preservation| date=March 08, 2007]
Relationship to Philadelphia
Besides its architecture and collections, the Philadelphia Museum of Art is well known for the role it played in a famous scene in the film "
Rocky", and also in four of its sequels, "II", "III", "V" and "Rocky Balboa". Visitors to the museum can frequently be seen mimicking Rocky's famous run up the front steps, now known locally as the " Rocky Steps". [ [http://www.gophila.com/C/Things_to_Do/211/Itineraries_and_Tours/428/Itineraries/429/I/Rockys_Legendary_Philadelphia_Weekend/32.html Rocky's Legendary Philadelphia Weekend: Itinerary :: gophila.com - The Official Visitor Site for Greater Philadelphia ] ]
A bronze statue of Rocky was briefly placed at the top of the steps for the filming of "
Rocky III". The statue was later moved to the Wachovia Spectrumdue to a furious debate over the meaning of " art". The statue was returned to the steps for the filming of "Rocky V", and also appears there in the movies "Philadelphia" and "Mannequin", but has since been removed. The statue was replaced with a simple set of footprints reading "Rocky." The statue was returned to the foot of the steps on September 8, 2006. [http://www.philly.com/mld/philly/news/15477691.htm]
Because of its location at the end of the Ben Franklin Parkway, the museum is the backdrop for many concerts and parades. On
July 2, 2005, the steps of the museum played host to the Philadelphia venue of Live 8, where artists such as Dave Matthews Band, Linkin Parkand Maroon 5performed. The museum closed for Live 8, but reopened at regular hours the following day.
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