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Musée Jacquemart-André, Paris

The Musée Jacquemart-André is a private museum located at 158 Boulevard Haussmann in the 8th arrondissement of Paris. The museum was created from the private home of Édouard André (1833–1894) and Nélie Jacquemart (1841–1912) to display the art they collected during their lives.

Édouard André, the scion of a Protestant banking family, devoted his considerable fortune to buying works of art. He then exhibited them in his new mansion built in 1869 by the architect Henri Parent, and completed in 1875.

Musée Jacquemart-André, Paris – © David H. Enzel, 2022

André married a well-known society painter, Nélie Jacquemart, who had painted his portrait ten years earlier. The couple travelled in Italy, amassing one of the finest collections of Italian art in France. When Edouard André died, Nélie Jacquemart completed the decoration of the Italian Museum and travelled in the Orient to add more precious works to the collection. Faithful to the plan agreed with her husband, she bequeathed the mansion and its collections to the Institut de France as a museum, and it opened to the public in 1913.

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Source: Wikipedia

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Musée Picasso

The Musée Picasso is an art gallery located in the Hôtel Salé in rue de Thorigny, in the Marais district of Paris dedicated to the work of the Spanish artist Pablo Picasso (1881–1973).

The hôtel Salé is probably, as Bruno Foucart wrote in 1985, “the grandest, most extraordinary, if not the most extravagant, of the grand Parisian houses of the 17th century”.

The museum collection includes more than 5,000 works of art (paintings, sculptures, drawings, ceramics, prints, engravings and notebooks) and tens of thousands of archived pieces from Picasso’s personal repository, including the artist’s photographic archive, personal papers, correspondence, and author manuscripts. A large portion of items were donated by Picasso’s family after his death, in accord with the wishes of the artist, who lived in France from 1905 to 1973.

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East Building, National Gallery of Art Has Reopened

The iconic I. M. Pei-designed East Building of the National Gallery of Art in Washington reopened to the public on June 30, 2022. The building had been closed since February 28, 2022.

The Atrium sports new panes of glass that have restored light to levels originally seen when the building first opened on June 1, 1978. Visitors now enter through a more accessible main entrance.

The East Building displays two new exhibitions:

Portrait of Madeleine Mabille by Fernand Khnopff (1888) from the Exhibition entitled “The Woman in White” – ©David H. Enzel, 2022
Exhibition: “The Double: Identity and Difference in Art since 1900” – ©David H. Enzel, 2022

National Gallery of Art: East Building to Close Temporarily Beginning February 28, 2022

The East Building of the National Gallery of Art in Washington will temporarily close to the public from February 28, 2022, until June 2022, to expedite the completion of a replacement skylight. The Atrium skylight is a critical component of the East Building architecture, but one in need of repair after 40 years.

Once compleed, the East Building will display new exhibitions and acquisitions. In addition, several features will enhance the visitor experience such as a more accessible entrance, a separate lobby and new restroom near the auditorium, additional accessible restrooms on the Ground Level, and updates to the existing accessible family restrooms on the Mezzanine.

On July 3, The Woman in White: Joanna Hiffernan and James McNeill Whistler will open on the East Building Mezzanine. Bringing together for the first time nearly all of Whistler’s depictions of Hiffernan, the exhibition explores their partnership and the iconic works of art resulting from their life together, including the three renowned “Symphony in White” paintings.

The East Building is the home of the museum’s contemporary and modern art collections. The West Building, which mainly features items from before 1900 and special exhibitions, will remain open.

See also: The Washington Post

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