Friday, April 23, 2010

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Sneak Peek!

Mac and I have just returned from the special press preview of the newly renovated Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.  We are very excited about the re-opening of the VMFA, which is just steps away from Maury Place at Monument.  It was fun to see neighbors and friends who are on the VMFA staff who have literally been working on this project for years!  It is thrilling to see the results of their efforts!  The new McGlothlin Wing features large expanses of glass so that visitors will see spectacular art and activities inside before they even reach the entrance. Large glass windows allow natural light to pour into the museum by day and provide a welcoming beacon from the outside at night.  The newly conceived museum adds cohesiveness to the entire campus and is bright, welcoming, and a "state of the art" setting for the VMFA's expansive and varied collections.  The new museum will also feature a huge new shop and two new restaurants.  Best of all, general admission will be free (with a fee for some special exhibitions).  The museum will be open to the public on May 1 and will feature special exhibits of:  American Art from the McGlothlin Collection (one of the finest private collections of historical American art in the country); German Expressionist Art from the Fischer Collection (featuring major works by Kandinsky, Kirchner, and others); and Matisse, Picasso, and Modern Art of Paris (the VMFA has one of the top collections in America of contemporary European work).  Of course, we are all eagerly anticipating the VMFA's first major exhibition after the opening of the McGlothlin Wing, "Tiffany: Color and Light."  This exhibit will run from May 29, 2010 through August 15, 2010.  The VMFA will be the only venue in the United States to feature this show, which will focus on Tiffany's innovative artistry and techniques he developed to achieve original and spectacular effects in glass.  This will be the most important exhibition of Louis Comfort Tiffany pieces in a generation and draws from the finest collections in Europe, North America, and Russia.  It will be a Summer of Art in the Museum District of Richmond!