Sunday, April 18, 2010

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Opening Features Tiffany collection

One of America's greatest artists, Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848-1933), renowned designer and master of glass, will be the subject of the first major exhibition in the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) new McGlothlin Wing, a landmark gift to VMFA by James W. and Frances G. McClothlin.

The VMFA is just one of many things to do in Richmond, VA that are within walking distance to Maury Place.  The Museum will complete its 165,000-square-foot addition to the museum in May, 2010, and grand opening events are planned starting May 1. VMFA is considered one of the top 20 comprehensive museums in the U.S., according to the American Association of Museums. 

The VMFA will be the only American museum to show the Tiffany exhibition, which focuses on his primary achievements in the artistry of glass. More than 180 objects will be featured in Tiffany: Color and Light, said to be the artist's "most important exhibition."  The centerpiece of the Tiffany presenation will be eight newly restored windows from the Erskine and American United Church in Montreal "considered one of Tiffany's most spectacular commissions," and never before shown in the U.S.

The McGlothlin Wing will house some 150 paintings of the McGlothlin's, collectors of American Art. James W. McGlothlin is Chairman, President, and CEO of the United Company. Their art collection is a bequeath to the VMFA.