While it may be globally known for the famous Rocky steps, the Philadelphia Museum of Art has much more to offer in its various galleries and art collections, which cover nearly all mediums from all corners of the globe, spanning from ancient history into contemporary times. Our Philadelphia personal injury lawyers recently made one of many visits here, and wanted to share some highlights from our experience:
Old Masters Now: Celebrating the Johnson Collection
Old Master’s Now is a celebration of the Johnson Collection, which was left to the city of Philadelphia by prestigious lawyer John G. Johnson in 1917. This collection features works from some of European art history’s most influential figures, including Botticelli, Rembrandt, Monet, Bosch, and Titian. Even 100 years later, curators at the museum are still discovering new things about this collection.
In this exhibition, you can get a close look at how this collection is cared for and studied, and what it’s like for the art professionals who work with the collection every day. You’ll also be educated on how our perceptions and appreciation for this collection has evolved over the past century.
Patricia Urquiola: Between Craft and Industry
Patricia Urquiola is a world-famous designer who makes creates artistic objects used in homes and offices. This exhibit examines how she blends artistry with industry. You can gain insight into her creative process and what inspires her to create these unique works. Her artisanal pieces include chairs, lamps, sofas, tea sets, and various home decor.
Chinese Buddhist Art
This collection of Chinese Buddhist art includes dozens of sculptures and an elegant ceiling from the Zhihua temple in Beijing. The oldest works in this collection are from around the 10th century and cover hundreds of years of Buddhist art, into the 19th century. Some of the highlights in this collection include:
- Bodhisattva of Compassion (Guanyin) – A glazed stoneware figure from 1507.
- Ridge Tile with Celestial Winged Horse – Another glazed earthenware figure, from sometime between the 14th and 17th centuries.
- Bodhisattva – A statue made of wood with traces of painted decoration from the 11th century.
- Wall Painting of the Outer Section of a Buddhist Assembly – A wall painting from a temple in Henan Province made from watercolor on mud plaster. Date is most likely from the 15th century.
- Coffered Ceiling from the Temple of Transforming Wisdom (Zhihuasi), Beijing – This ceiling comes from one of the most revered Buddhist temple compounds in Beijing. The compound was built in the early 1400s. The coffered ceiling comes from the second of the compound’s five main hallways.
This exhibit gives visitors an insight into how Mexican modern artists like Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros, and Rufino Tamayo drew from their country’s unique history, identity, and traditions to create their artwork. This is one of the largest collections of Mexican modernism in the United States.
The Anne d’Harnoncourt Sculpture Garden
Named in honor of the Museum’s late director, the Anne d’Harnoncourt Sculpture Garden combines unique sculptures with the picturesque landscape surrounding the Museum. The Garden is composed of five sections, which include the Upper Terrace, Lower Terrace, two graveled galleries, and a paved plaza.
Works featured in the Sculpture Garden include:
- Giant Three-Way Plug (Cube Tap) by Claes Oldenburg
- Flukes by Gordon Gund
- Steps (Philadelphia) and Pyramid (Philadelphia) by Sol LeWitt
- Marble chair by Scott Burton
- Steel Woman II by Thomas Schütte
- Curve I by Ellsworth Kelly