Friday, December 15, 2017

A YEAR OF AMAZING MUSEUM VISITS AROUND THE WORLD

2017 has been a wonderful year of museum visits around the world. Early in the year Marla and I donated our 19th century Burmese Buddha pavilion to the Asian Art Department of the Denver Art Museum. We found it many years ago in Northern Thailand and it graced the entryway of the headquarters of our company, Wesco Fabrics. It is in storage until the $150 million museum renovations are completed in 2021.

Marla watches while conservators disassemble the pavilion for transport to the Museum.

A favorite museum for all of our grandkids is the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. I used to visit the Steinhart Aquarium when I was a boy.

The iconic De Young Museum is just across from the Academy of Sciences. When I heard they were exhibiting the 50th anniversary of the "Summer of Love" I knew I had to visit! 

We brought my Mom to see the "Summer of Love" exhibit along with our good friend, Lea Isetti. The show was a fascinating look back at the origins, culture, art, and the music of the era.

The outside dining patio of the De Young is a great spot to grab lunch.


We visited Madrid's wonderful Thyssen Bornemisza Museum in September. Marla admires a Renoir at the top and a fabulous John Singer Sargent portrait below.

The Prado Museum is always a treat for their fabulous collections. It is just across the street from the Thyssen Bornemisza Museum.

It is always fun to discover new museums. We enjoyed our first time visit to the historic National Museum of Natural History in Paris.


"Her Paris" is a fabulous exhibit of women artists in the age of Impressionism. It will be on view at the Denver Art Museum until January 14, 2018. A favorite of Marla's was this work by Mary Cassatt.


We attended a private viewing of the last day of the Asian Art Gallery of the Denver Art Museum. Small pieces will be rotated in the Hamilton wing for special exhibits until the renovation is completed in 2021.

Our Denver grandsons came with us to Dallas to visit their cousins. All of us visited the amazing Perot Museum of Nature and Science. It's a fabulous place for the curious, for all ages!

Asian art is a passion for our whole family so we visited the Crow Collection of Asian Art in downtown Dallas. Afterwards, we walked across the street to the Dallas Museum of Art.

One of the Girls was fascinated with this sculpture by Sopheap Pich, recognized today as Cambodia's most internationally prominent contemporary artist. (The "hands behind your back" rule has passed to this generation!)

One of my very favorite museums is the Legion of Honor Museum in the Lincoln Park area of San Francisco. They featured a beautiful exhibit of Klimt and Rodin.


Klimt's unique and iconic turn-of-the-century modernistic paintings were a brand new experience for our grandsons!

We loved the juxtaposition of Klimt paintings and Rodin sculptures!

You would think we were tired of museums after the Legion of Honor visit! The Boys wanted to see one more favorite museum in San Francisco, The Asian Art Museum in the Civic Center area. My mother was amazing as she happily was game to see them all with us! The image above is a large pediment from a temple in Southeast Asia. It was a gift from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

The Denver Botanical Gardens is a favorite for locals and tourists alike. We attended a reception for Calder Monumental, a unique exhibit of large Alexander Calder sculptures. Sandy Rower, president of the Calder Foundation in New York, and his partner, Elan Gentry, my niece, invited us to this special event. This Calder mobile in the lake was my favorite.

Images: Dick Gentry

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