When Enlightened Art Collecting build up entire Museum
Just opened few days ago in Palazzo Reale in Milan a can’t-miss exhibition, IMPRESSIONISM AND THE AVANT-GARDE MOVEMENTS: Masterpieces from the Philadelphia Museum of Art (From 8 March to 2 September) which brings to Italy, some for the very first times, true masterpieces from the Philadelphia Museum of Art, one of the most important American Museum. More than a mere exhibition, it is an occasion, and a rare one at that, to admire the selection of 50 masterpieces created by major painters living between the 1800s and 1900s, during the height of their artistic expression, in their revolutionary journey to the art of the modern age, from the Impressionism to the first avant gardes. However, this exhibition in the meantime also offers the occasion to tell about a valuable story of enlightened american collectors, who knew how to appreciate and valorize from the very first moment this new revolutionary art which was coming from Europe at that time.
The singularity of this museum, indeed lies in having amassed its own patrimony thanks to the donation of strongly influential collectors who often created their own collections in close collaboration with the artists, an element that adds enormous value to the museum’s patrimony, which now also continues to be augmented with works by young artists.
In an exhibition created to highlight every single work perfectly, you can appreciate some masterpieces by true master of modern art as Pierre Bonnard, Paul Cézanne, Edgar Degas, Edouard Manet, Paul Gauguin, Claude Monet, Vincent van Gogh, Camille Pissarro, Pierre-Auguste Renoir until the very first experimental avant garde works by Georges Braque, Vasily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, Henri Matisse, Marc Chagall, Constantin Brancusi, Pablo Picasso, passing through the Surrealism movement with Salvador Dalí e Joan Mirò. In addition, there re also some masterpieces by some Female artists as Mary Cassatt, Marie Laurencin, Berthe Morisot.
In addition to the Cassat’s one ( acquired when W.P. Wilstach Fund allowed to buy the family collection), other great donations which made up this prestigious museum collection were by collectors and often big entrapenours and important family names as , Frank Graham Thomson, Samuel Stockton White III (who in his youuth also had modelling for Rodin), Henry P. McIlhenny and his sister Berenice McIlhenny Wintersteen, as della s the very important collection by Albert Eugene Gallatin (who created in 1927 the very first public collection of modern art , The Gallery of Living Arta, hosted in New York University) , the Louise e Walter Arnsberg’ collection ( made up with Duchamp special advisory) and the Louis E. Stern’s one acquired in 1964.
This exhibition is part of Musei del mondo a Palazzo Reale (Museum of the world in Palazzo Reale) which has been started in 2015, and aims to bring very important museum collection all over the world to Milan, with mutual loans and international collaborations. If we just think that these masterpieces were in the house of those enlightened private collectors who generously decided to donate them to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, that in its turn loans them to Milan for 5 month, make this exhibition a very unique and can’t-miss occasion to appreciate these high-hand works, having a taste of this prestigious museum collection but without losing the will to visit one day the Philadelphia Museum itself, who by 2020 will be also extended by the archistar Frank O. Gehry.