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Exhibit to premiere de la Renta’s work

The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco are pleased to announce the world premiere retrospective of Oscar de la Renta’s work — the first major survey celebrating the life and career of one of fashion’s most influential designers. The exhibition which runs Feb. 27 through May 30, 2016, is being presented in collaboration with the […]

Pierre Bonnard exhibition features 60 works

The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco are pleased to announce “Pierre Bonnard: Painting Arcadia,” the first major international presentation of Pierre Bonnard’s work to be mounted on the West Coast in half a century. The exhibition, Feb. 6, 2016 through May 15, 2016 at the Legion of Honor, will feature more than 60 works […]

Museums offer Telepresence

The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco announced the nation’s first Telepresence Museum Tour program through which visitors with disabilities can tour the collections at the de Young remotely using a self-guided robot controlled from home. The program was the subject of a segment on “CBS Sunday Morning” that aired on March 1. With active […]

Fine Arts Museums of SF acquire Delacroix painting

The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco are pleased to announce the acquisition of the Portrait of Charles de Verninac by Eugène Delacroix (French, 1798–1863). This is the first painting by the artist to enter the museums’ collection, which strengthens the institution’s holdings of French Romantic paintings of the early 19th century. “The Legion of […]

Spring exhibitions open at Fine Arts Museums of SF

The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco are pleased to bring two significant exhibitions to Northern California this spring, “High Style: The Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection” and “Botticelli to Braque: Masterpieces from the National Galleries of Scotland.” Tracing the evolution of fashion from 1910 to 1980, “High Style” will feature seminal pieces by the 20th century’s […]

Artists take up residency at Fine Arts museums

Each month the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco hosts a different artist in the Kimball Education Gallery at the de Young as part of the Artist Studio Program. By inviting artists to install and demonstrate their art, this interactive program enables visitors and artists to meet and work together. Ian Everard is doing InsideOut/Work in […]

Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco awarded grant

The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco are pleased to announce that they have been awarded a $65,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) in support of the upcoming exhibition “Jewel City: Art from the Panama-Pacific International Exposition.” Opening at the de Young on Oct. 17, 2015, the exhibition will mark the […]

Fine Arts Museums of SF gets Guidekick app

The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco are pleased to announce their partnership with Guidekick — a mobile app that allows tourists and visitors the opportunity to be their own personal tour guide. The de Young Museum will be featured in Guidekick’s upcoming Golden Gate Park guide that will be available for download in January […]

Fine Arts Museums in SF to utilize Google Glass

The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco today announced the first integration of Google Glass technology into a major art museum exhibition to create a rich tour experience. The tour augments the exhibition “Keith Haring: The Political Line” by providing museumgoers with images, audio and video relevant to select works of art. The Fine Arts […]

Museum gifts support the arts

The Museum Stores of the de Young and Legion of Honor are pleased to announce a selection of the season’s finest gifts, from classic to contemporary. Items include books, artisan crafts, jewelry, textiles, home decor, stationery and creative items for children, as well as other items that allow museum visitors to share their appreciation of […]

Fine Arts Museums of SF announce new curator of European painting

The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco announced the appointment of Dr. Esther Bell as its new curator in charge of European paintings. Bell, formerly the curator of European painting, drawing and sculpture at the Cincinnati Art Museum, has more than 10 years of experience at some of the country’s finest museums, including the Metropolitan […]

Keith Haring exhibition now showing at de Young

The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco are pleased to announce “Keith Haring: The Political Line,” is now showing at the de Young. This is the first American exhibition to assess the political dimension and scope of Haring’s artistic concerns. Working across a variety of media, including subway drawings, paintings and sculptures, Haring (1958-1990) devoted himself to […]

Exhibition celebrates PPIE centennial

The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco announce “Jewel City: Art from the Panama-Pacific International Exposition” on view at the de Young from Oct. 17, 2015 through Jan. 10, 2016. Celebrating the centennial of the Panama-Pacific International Exposition (PPIE) in San Francisco, this exhibition revisits a vital moment in the inauguration of the city as […]

Anthony Friedkin photos on exhibit at de Young

The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco are pleased to present Anthony Friedkin: “The Gay Essay,” a photographic series of more than 75 vintage prints that chronicles the gay communities of Los Angeles and San Francisco from 1969 to 1973. This exhibition will be on view at the de Young now through Jan. 11, 2015. […]

New collection of Native American art on display

The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco announce a major gift from the Thomas W. Weisel Family that includes approximately 200 objects and a generous endowment that will reshape the Native American art collection at the de Young. The gift will enable a new presentation of the art of the Americas, including major pieces of […]

Salon Doré re-opens at Legion of Honor

After a 17 month comprehensive conservation project, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco has re-opened the Salon Doré from the Hôtel de La Trémoille at the Legion of Honor. Developed by Martin Chapman, curator in charge of European decorative arts and sculpture, this complete refurbishment of one of the finest existing examples of 18th […]

Friday nights are engaging at the de Young

The de Young Museum is having season 10 of its Friday Nights series, giving the community a chance to enjoy art, live performances and hands-on art activities during extended hours at the museum. This series, funded by Hanson Bridgett with additional support from the Winifred Johnson Clive Foundation and the San Francisco Auxiliary of the […]

Artistic talents bloom at de Young

Now in its landmark 30th year, “Bouquets to Art 2014″ at the de Young will showcase work by 125 of the Bay Area’s most talented and renowned floral designers. This select group of artists will display original creations ranging in style from the classical to the avant-garde. They will draw inspiration from pieces in the […]

Georgia O’Keeffe’s Lake George works on exhibit

The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco present “Modern Nature: Georgia O’Keeffe and Lake George,” organized by the Hyde Collection in association with the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum. The exhibition, which begins its exclusive West Coast presentation at the de Young on Saturday, Feb. 15, is the first major exhibition to examine the body of work […]

Bridging the SF Bay

The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco are pleased to present “The Bay Bridge: A Work in Progress, 1933–1936,” opening at the de Young on Saturday, Feb. 1. Documenting the original construction of the San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge in the 1930s, the exhibition includes 72 photographs, prints and drawings from the museums’ collection. The bridge’s […]

Fine Arts Museums feature two shows

The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco are pleased to announce two exhibitions showcasing stellar collections from the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. “Intimate Impressionism” from the National Gallery of Art, at the Legion of Honor, features the work of 19th century avant-garde painters such as Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Vincent van […]

Legion of Honor features Swedish Master Anders Zorn

The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco present “Anders Zorn: Sweden’s Master Painter,” bringing together 100 of the artist’s oil paintings, watercolors, etchings and sculptures through Feb. 2. Anders Zorn (Swedish, 1860–1920) was one of the world’s most famous living artists at the turn of the 20th century, known for his virtuoso painting and printmaking […]

Felicia Forte is artist-in-residence at de Young

The de Young will host painter Felicia Forte through Jan. 5, as part of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco’s artist-in-residence program. Forte’s work ranges from portraits and still lifes, to natural landscapes and cityscapes. Using a soft, ethereal style, Forte seeks to portray her subjects truthfully while conveying insight into the intangible feelings […]

Museums collaborate on Matisse exhibiton

Jointly organized by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), Matisse from SFMOMA brings together the work of Henri Matisse (French, 1869–1954) from both institutions’ collections for presentation at the Legion of Honor, through Sept.7, 2014. The single-gallery exhibition features 23 paintings, sculptures and works on […]

Fine Arts Museums of SF receive major gifts

The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco announce a generous bequest of three paintings from the estate of Diana Dollar Knowles: “Sunflowers along the Seine” (ca. 1885–1886) by Gustave Caillebotte, and “Ruins with Prophet” and “Ruins with Sibyl” (both 1731) by Giovanni Paolo Panini. These additions represent the first examples of each artist’s work to […]

Bulgari works on display at de Young Museum

“I always visit Bulgari because it is the most important museum of contemporary art.” – Andy Warhol The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco are showing “The Art of Bulgari: La Dolce Vita and Beyond 1950 – 1990,” an exhibition of approximately 150 pieces created by the renowned Italian jeweler over four decades. This exclusive […]

Gold medal on display at de Young

The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco are pleased to announce that the Congressional Gold Medal awarded in 2011 to Japanese American, or Nisei, World War II veterans in recognition of their extraordinary accomplishments, will visit the de Young through Sunday, Aug. 4. The Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) has partnered with the Smithsonian’s […]

Friday Nights at the de Young open ninth season

SAN FRANCISCO — Friday, March 29 marks the highly anticipated kick-off to season nine of Friday Nights at the de Young Museum. This series, funded by the Winifred Johnson Clive Foundation, The William Randolph Hearst Foundation, the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the James Irvine Foundation’s Arts Innovation Fund, enlivens the museum each […]

Art and flowers blossom at the de young

More than 125 of the Bay Area’s most innovative and sought after floral designers will create a spectacular array of floral arrangements in the de Young Museum for Bouquets to Art 2013. In creating their arrangements, these designers pay tribute to and draw inspiration from the art in the de Young’s permanent collections. The annual […]

View rarely-seen Vatican art at the de Young

From the vast holdings of the Vatican Ethnological Museum, the de Young will display 39 rarely-seen works from Africa, Oceania and the Americas that reflect indigenous religious cultures in a new presentation, “Objects of Belief.” The show runs through Sept.8. The presentation will enable visitors to learn about the local and global significance of the […]

Artists explore aspirations

The de Young Museum will host Natalie Zimmerman and Michael Wilson, through March 3,  as part of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco’s Artist-in-Residence Program. Zimmerman and Wilson’s work addresses the rhetoric of dreams and revolutionary longing that is ubiquitous in contemporary culture. Looking at movements that imagine a future of social, economic, and […]

American photojournalists exhibit work at de Young Museum

“Eye Level in Iraq: Photographs by Kael Alford and Thorne Anderson” presents the photographs of two American-trained photojournalists, Kael Alford (American, b. 1971) and Thorne Anderson (American, b. 1966), who documented the profound impact and aftermath of the U.S.-led coalition’s into to Iraq in 2003. Alford and Anderson created this body of work during a […]

Rembrandt exhibition on display at de Young

Now showing at the de Young Museum in San Francisco as a complement to the “Girl With a Pearl Earring ” exhibition is “Rembrandt’s Century” at the Herbst Exhibition Galleries. Drawing largely from the collection of works on paper in the Fine Arts Museums’ Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, this exhibition examines a wide range […]

Legion of Honor presents ‘Royal Treasures’

SAN FRANCISCO — The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco’s Legion of Honor is presenting “Royal Treasures from the Louvre: Louis XIV to Marie-Antoinette,” an unparalleled collection of decorative arts from the Musée du Louvre, Paris through March 17. Many of the objects in the exhibition have never been shown in the United States and […]

Museum offers unique gifts

The Museum Stores at the de Young and Legion of Honor offer one-stop shopping to find the perfect gifts for everyone. The Holiday Gift Guide 2012 showcases a wide range of unique items and museum exclusives, such as merchandise inspired by exhibitions at the museums this season, including The William S. Paley Collection: A Taste […]

Weaver to create environmental textiles

Fourth generation Navajo weaver, Melissa Cody, will occupy the Kimball Education Gallery from Dec. 5 to 27, as part of the de Young’s Artist-in-Residence Program. Cody works in the Germantown Revival style, while simultaneously venturing beyond rules of traditional design to draw inspiration from contemporary multi-media artists. “By incorporating eclectic color schemes and bold, sharp […]

Rudolf Nureyev is featured at de Young

SAN FRANCISCO — “Rudolf Nureyev: A Life in Dance” is on display at the de Young Museum in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park through Feb. 17. Organized in collaboration with the Centre national du costume de scène in Moulins, France and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, the de Young is the exhibition’s exclusive U.S. […]

Paley collection on display the de Young

SAN FRANCISCO — A selection of major works from The William S. Paley Collection at The Museum of Modern Art, New York will be on view at the de Young through Dec. 30. The Paley Collection is a markedly personal one, reflecting the broad tastes of a singular art collector, rather than one unifying historical […]

Partners in Surrealism at the Legion of Honor

One of the art world’s most notorious relationships comes alive with “Man Ray/Lee Miller, Partners in Surrealism” on view through Oct. 14 in the Rosekrans Galleries at the Legion of Honor. The exhibition consists of approximately 115 photographs, paintings, drawings and manuscripts that explore the creative interaction between Man Ray and Lee Miller, two giants […]

Artist Tamar Assaf is August artist in residence

The de Young Museum will host Israeli-native visual artist Tamar Assaf through Sept. 2, as part of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco’s artist-in-residence program. Creating paintings that offer a subtle social and ecological commentary on the environment, Assaf raises awareness of human impacts on the earth’s fragile and ever-changing ecosystems. As an artist-in-residence, […]

‘Gifts from the Gods’ at Legion of Honor

SAN FRANCISCO — Opening Saturday, July 28 in Gallery 1 at the Legion of Honor, and coinciding with the opening ceremonies of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London, “Gifts from the Gods: Art and the Olympic Ideal” presents a selection of works from the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco’s permanent collection supplemented by […]

Picture perfect show at the de Young

“Real to Real: Photographs from the Traina Collection” features approximately 110 photographs made by some of the pre-eminent artists working in photography this past century from the dynamic collection of San Francisco native Trevor Traina. The collection appears at the de Young Museum, June 9 to Sept. 16. Mixing rare black-and-white vintage prints of classic images by […]

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