Thursday, May 12, 2011

Four Decades of Design Collecting on Exhibit at Philadelphia Museum of Art

An exhibit entitled Collab: Four Decades of Giving Modern and Contemporary Design is on exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art from May 21, 2011 through winter 2012. The exhibit is in the Collab Gallery in the Perelman Building (right) of the Philadelphia Art Museum complex. The exhibition was curated by Diane L. Minnite, Collections and Research Assistant, European Decorative Arts after 1700.

This exhibition highlights gifts arranged by a group called Collab from the last four decades, celebrating the organization’s contributions to the Museum as well as presenting a chronological overview of modern and contemporary design in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

Since its founding in 1970, Collab has been a partner in supporting the acquisition and promotion of modern and contemporary design at the Museum. The generosity of its members and the proceeds from its fund-raising activities have resulted in the Museum’s acquisition of more than 250 objects— including inspired masterworks by designers such as Alvar Aalto, Charles and Ray Eames, Frank Gehry, Ettore Sottsass (typewriter left), Jr., and Philippe Starck—with scores of others obtained from private individuals and corporations through Collab’s influence.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art’s collection of modern and contemporary design is one of the largest and most important in any American museum. It has evolved from its late-nineteenth-century roots as an industrial arts collection in service to the advancement of American industries into an assemblage that includes some of the finest examples of European, American, and Japanese design. Essential to the collection’s development and continued vitality is Collab, The Group for Modern and Contemporary Design at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Click on the heading above to learn more about Collab.

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