New York is home to a multitude of museums. But it’s especially rich in art museums, offering something for everyone. It has some of the world’s finest examples of Ancient, Old Master, Impressionist, Modern and contemporary work.
The Brooklyn Museum, one of King County’s preeminent cultural institutions, this 560,000-square-foot venue made history as the first American museum to exhibit African objects as art work. In addition to the more than 4,000 items in the Egyptian holdings, museum goers can scope pieces by masters such as Monet and Degas.
The museum began to acquiring Egyptian antiquities at the beginning of the twentieth century, both through purchases- such as a a group of Egyptian objects collected by Armand de Potter in the 1880s and also through archaeological excavation. In April 2003 they completed the re installation of the world famous Egyptian collection, a process that took ten years. Three new galleries joined the four existing ones that had been completed in 1993, to tell the story of Egyptian art from it’s earliest known origins (circa 3500 bc) until the period when the Romans incorporated Egypt into their empire.
The 2003 phase of Egypt reborn was made possible by the National endowment for the Humanities, with additional major support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Marilyn M Simpson charitable Trusts and the Museums Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund.
Double Take: African Innovation opens the doors to the African collection with a new, experimental installation that invites surprising and unexpected ways of looking at African art. It suggests universal themes that link seemingly dissimilar works, often across vast distances of time and space. In the main gallery nearly forty objects, are organized into fifteen pairs of small groups that explore themes, subjects and techniques that recur throughout African history. African holdings can also be found in an adjacent “storage annex”display of an additional 150 African masterpieces, with an area for making new connections and responding to the works , including suggestions for other themes. A temporary installation planned amid an extensive renovation of the first floor, Double Take : African Innovations is the next phase in the ongoing expansion of our collection.
The impressionists. This exhibition of some forty paintings includes many of the finest examples of mid-nineteenth through early twentieth-century French and American landscape in the collection. The works by such leading French artists as Gustave Courbet and Claude Monet and their most significant American followers including Frederick Childe Hassam and John Singer Sargent. Among the earliest works in the exhibition are Charles- Francois Daubigny’s The River Seine at Mantes (1856), and Gustave Courbet, Isolated Rock (1862), which reveal the impact of plein-air sketching practice on landscape art of the period.
Following in the footsteps of the French archetypes, beginning at mid-century many American painters sought to improve their skills and find inspiration in Paris, attending French art academies and visiting painting locations made famous by Barbizon and impressionists. Landscapes from the Age of Impressionists have been exhibited in Korea, as well as museums all over America. The Brooklyn Museum is well worth a visit.