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Highlights

Gehry Design
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Now Through September 1, 2014
Presented for the first time in this exhibition is the comprehensive design for the renewal and expansion of the Philadelphia Museum of Art by internationally celebrated architect Frank Gehry. Best known for the expressive sculptural forms of buildings such as the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, Gehry’s approach to this project is dramatically different and virtually unique.
Young Woman Seated at a Virginal
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Now Through September 30, 2014
Vermeer painted less than forty pictures during his career and this one, Young Woman Seated at a Virginal, is believed to be one of his last. It is also the only remaining canvas by this great Dutch master to be in private hands. The Museum is immensely grateful to the Leiden Collection for the exceedingly rare opportunity to display this work; indeed, it has been almost ten years since a painting by Vermeer has been on view in Philadelphia.
Womanâs Ensemble
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Now Through December 7, 2014
This retrospective presents the joyful and colorful fashions of African American designer Patrick Kelly, who took Paris by storm in the 1980s. Inspired by his Mississippi roots, the nightclubs of New York and Paris, Josephine Baker, and celebrated couturiers Coco Chanel and Elsa Schiaparelli, Kelly infused his bold designs with a sly sense of humor, subverting not only fashion but also racial stereotypes.
Victory
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Now Through May 2015
Taking cues from the Dada movement and from the work of Swiss sculptor Alberto Giacometti, Cy Twombly (American, 1928– 2011) created poetic objects whose serene white surfaces and allusive forms seem to recall remote worlds of myth and the ancient past. After reaching an indisputable maturity in his early sculpture, created from 1946 to 1959, Twombly returned to working in three dimensions in the mid-1970s and continued to cast new works up until his passing in 2011.
Lines in Four Directions in Flowers
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Ongoing
In 1981, leading conceptual artist Sol LeWitt (American, 1928–2007) was invited by the Fairmount Park Art Association to propose a public artwork for a site in Fairmount Park. Installed thirty years after its conception, Lines in Four Directions in Flowers is a work of monumental scale, made up of more than 7,000 plantings arranged in strategically configured rows.
Untitled (girls' faces flashed in bus window)
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Now Through August 3, 2014
Explore diverse examples of flash photography, which gained widespread use in the 1920s with the invention of the mass-produced flashbulb.
Le Jouer de Flute
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Now Through August 3, 2014
This exhibition focuses on Pablo Picasso’s response to the world of classical antiquity in nearly fifty prints from four critical decades of his career. His wide-ranging interests in ancient art, mythology, and literature were a continual source of inspiration for the compulsively creative artist, who infused them with his personal mythology.
"Blaue Blume" Tea Cup
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Now Through September 28, 2014
One of the most common assumptions about the kitchen is that it is a woman’s space. With this in mind, The Main Dish looks at how modern and contemporary kitchenware reflects attributes of the model homemaker.
Nachtstilleben (Night Still Life)
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Now Through October 26, 2014
In 2013 the Museum acquired Nachtstilleben (Night Still Life) by Wolfgang Tillmans, one of the most influential photographers working today. This exhibition places works by artists including Andy Warhol, Thomas Demand, and Gerhard Richter in dialogue with Night Still Life and seven additional photographs by Tillmans.
Womanâs Cigarette Dress
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Now Through December 7, 2014
The legacy of the late African American fashion designer Patrick Kelly (c. 1954–1990) endures in the whimsical street-wear brand Gerlan Jeans. Launched in 2009 by New York–based designer and graphic artist Gerlan Marcel (born 1976), Gerlan Jeans reinterprets Kelly’s signature bows, buttons, and other bold embellishments to create clothes for men and women “who have a sense of fearlessness in the way they dress.”

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