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January 17th, 2003
Museum Publishes Spanish-Language Handbook

The Philadelphia Museum of Art announces the publication of its Spanish-language handbook to the collections, MUSEO DE ARTE DE FILADELFIA: GUÍA DE LAS COLECCIONES (Philadelphia Museum of Art; $16.95; February 5, 2003). Lavishly illustrated with over 400 images, this comprehensive handbook—originally published in English in 1995 and released in a Japanese edition in 1999—presents masterpieces from all areas of the Museum’s vast collections, including pre-Columbian sculpture and Mexican paintings. Each featured work is accompanied by lively commentary from the Museum’s curators and other art historians. This broad-ranging publication also presents a concise history of the Museum and its relationship with the Rodin Museum and the historic houses in Fairmount Park. Available for purchase at the Museum, MUSEO DE ARTE DE FILADELFIA: GUÍA DE LAS COLECCIONES is being distributed to each of the 55 branches of the Free Library of Philadelphia.

"The Museum is a global institution and the much anticipated publication of the Handbook in Spanish will certainly help us to meet our ongoing goal of reaching and serving the widest possible audience," said Anne d'Harnoncourt, Director and CEO of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

In addition to the publication of MUSEO DE ARTE DE FILADELFIA: GUÍA DE LAS COLECCIONES, the Museum welcomes Spanish-speaking visitors with a variety of options. Masterpieces of the Museum, a one-hour Spanish-language guided tour, is offered on the second Sunday of each month at 12:30 p.m. (free after Museum admission). The Museum offers Spanish-language tours for groups of 15 people or more through its Group Sales Department at (215) 684-7863. Visitors may also explore the galleries at their own pace using a translated map or by listening to the Spanish-language version of Director's Delights, a self-guided audio tour that focuses on works discussed by Anne d'Harnoncourt, Director of the Museum.

The Museum presents many special events and programs of interest to the Spanish speaking community. Wednesday and Friday evening performances frequently include Latino music and dance. A highlight of this season, saxophonist Miguel Zenon, a native of Puerto Rico, will fuse jazz, classical, and folkloric influences in the Great Stair Hall on January 31, 2003. Each summer, teens from the Youth Artist Program at Philadelphia’s Taller Puertorriqueño (The Puerto Rican Workshop) collaborate with Museum staff and the Big Picture Alliance (a nonprofit initiative which provides mentoring and practical career training) to create short films in response to the Museum's collections. The Museum also hosts a Puerto Rican Family Day in May to celebrate Latino culture and to invite families to enjoy the Museum's diverse collections and educational programs.

Housing more than 300,000 works of art that represent over 2000 years of human achievement across six continents, the Museum's collections contain many strengths including its works from the Spanish-speaking world, many of which appear in the Handbook. In addition to works by modern Spanish masters Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró, and Juan Gris, the Golden Age of Spanish painting is represented with works by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, José (Jusepe) de Ribera, and Francisco de Zurbarán. Pre-Columbian sculptures are among the oldest works in the Museum’s collections, and the Museum devotes a gallery to Mexican art of the Colonial period that exhibits paintings and earthenware. The Museum’s Mexican collections also include frescoes by Diego Rivera, paintings and prints by David Alfaro Siqueiros, Juan Soriano, Rufino Tamayo, and other important modernists; photographs by Manuel Alvarez Bravo; and textiles from various regions of the country. The collections contain prints by the Puerto Rican artists Lorenzo Homar, Rafael Tufiño, and Rafael Ferrer; works on paper by Cuban artist Wifredo Lam; and prints by artists from Colombia, Chile, and Argentina; as well as textiles from Guatemala, Panama, and Perú.

The translation and publication of MUSEO DE ARTE DE FILADELFIA: GUÍA DE LAS COLECCIONES in Spanish was made possible by the generosity of the Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores de México y del Consulado de México in Philadelphia with additional support from Equity One, Inc., The Women’s Committee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Furthermore Foundation, and the Mexican Society of Philadelphia. Artes de México of Mexico City, known for its full-color arts quarterly, provided translation and typesetting services.

360 pages, 445 color plates, 10 black-and-white illustrations
$16.95 paperback only, ISBN: 0-87633-158-4

Publication date: February 5, 2003

Available at the Museum Store, by calling (800) 329-4856, or by visiting the Museum’s Online Store at
Distributed to the trade through University of New Mexico Press

The Museum’s Handbook to the Collections is also available in English and Japanese.

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