The Phillips Collection

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The Phillips Collection
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"Americas First Museum of American Art" boasts a collection of over 2,500 19th and 20th-century masters, both American and European, including Renoir, Picasso, Gauguin, Manet, OKeefe and more.
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PeterKatie B
Mitchellville, MD4 contributions
Apr 2022
If you can get here by June 12, 2022, you can see a wonderful and comprehensive overview of early Picasso, focussing on his "Blue Period" but drifting forward and backward through adjacent years. Mostly paintings (a "greatest hits" selection), with some related material from others, have been assembled to give us an entrée to Paris in the first decade of the 20th century. The museum, celebrating it's 100th anniversary as America's first museum of modern art, highlights Duncan Phillips' discerning eye as a collector. His purchases tend to be best of their kind, including Renoir's Luncheon of the Boating Party. The museum is in two parts, Phillips' original house and an added three-story extension, attractively connected. Cost for Adult entry: $16
Written April 7, 2022
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ZenDark30
Portland, OR2,320 contributions
Mar 2022 • Friends
The Philip’s is always a favorite and special treat when coming to DC. The special exhibit this time was the Picasso blue period and ensemble music festival. Lots to see in a comfortable atmosphere.
Written March 27, 2022
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worldexplorer53
New Orleans, LA635 contributions
Dec 2019
set in the original house of the phillips family is their donation to the art collections of the world. this is an eclectic mix of styles and media, including some very recognizable pieces and names. viewing the permanent collection is free of charge and would be worth seeing even if there was a fee. allow about 1-2 hours to enjoy a leisurely paced visit. there is a small cafe on site. the neighborhood near dupont circle is also a nice place for a stroll to see the mix of architecture in the area.
Written January 3, 2020
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Nutmeg2003
Washington DC, DC114 contributions
Jan 2020
This 2 story private home expanded its space to add a larger 3 story exhibit area for its wonderful collection and visiting exhibitions some years ago. Is the tale apocryphal of a fellow from Germany bringing his girlfriend to DC to propose to her in front of Renoir's The Boating Party? It's believable, as the painting beguiles viewers. The current exhibition of Nabi artists: From Bonnard to Vuillard, will soon end, but there's always another worth seeing. I'm most intrigued by the Impressionist art, so well curated, but go to the website to see more of the permanent collection. If you can grab a ticket for a Sunday concert in the music room, by a wonderful traveling quartet, the acoustics in the main house are amazing. Just off Dupont Circle, this museum is special even in DC, where museums abound.
Written January 14, 2020
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blairkk25
New Jersey2,863 contributions
Oct 2021
I visited The Phillips Collection in October 2021. I bought a timed-entry ticket online. There are two buildings - the GOH Annex / SANT Building and the Phillips House. I focused my visit on the second floor of the Phillips House which is full of excellent paintings. The star is Renoir's Luncheon of the Boating Party. I also saw paintings by Van Gogh, Degas, Cezanne, Matisse, Klee, Kandinsky. I skipped the other floors because it was mostly modern art and I am not that interested in modern art. The visit took about an hour and the museum also has a nice gift shop. The Phillips Collection is located about one block (5 minutes walking) from Dupont Circle.
Written October 16, 2021
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HeaveNEarth
Fairfax, VA203 contributions
May 2021
We had timed entry tickets for weekend in May. This is our first visit after reopening of the museum. We were pleasantly surprised. The direction arrows on the floor were well thought out and I actually liked the way it flowed. They moved a lot of paintings all over the place and pleasantly so. Your Number 1 Renior - "Luncheon" is on Ground floor in other building, You will know when you get there. Both of Edward Hopper's paintings came out and were displayed in a same room, including "Sunday". All Bonnard, Van Gogh and Degas are out in full force with many new "modern" works. Placements of these artworks encompass the periods, which I thought very interesting. No complaint. Very Nice. Just following the arrows on the floor and visiting an expanded gift shop (cafe is closed and the cafe space is used by the gift shop), it took us about an hour and forty minutes. A must visit whether you paid or free.
Written May 8, 2021
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nycmom22
New York City, NY2,586 contributions
Mar 2022 • Couples
If you reserve on the hour, admission is free. The current special exhibit is Picasso’s Blue Period. It is splendid, with paintings loaned from all over the world! The museum also has terrific permanent exhibits- a sensational Renoir, a series by Jacob Lawrence, several by Rothko. This gem is about two blocks from the Dupont Circle metro stop, red line. The shop is lovely. The cafe is currently closed. The courtyard is small. Do not miss the Music Room, which is beautiful. Less overwhelming than the National Art Gallery.
Written March 11, 2022
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ArtsyGalBaltimore
Maryland575 contributions
Nov 2021
Visited the Phillips the day before the Veteran's Holiday in the afternoon. Very impressed with the exhibits of Sanford Biggers and Alma TW. Thomas. Biggers mosiac and quilt cube were refreshing. The Alma Thomas exhibit was rich and well documented. It was my first experience, and I appreciated the introductory video very much. Daniel Canogar's liquid digital display was mesmerizing. I do want to share a major disappointment for me. The museum was arranging some private event and the room housing the Jacob Lawerence exhibit was stacked with chairs, glasses, and staff energy for setting up the event. Also noticed that the Renoir Boating Party now hangs in the room so it seems as a prop for events. It would be helpful to give patrons a heads-up since it signalled to me what was important to the museum management. I came to the District solely to see the migration series, but fortunately enjoyed the exhibitions of Biggers and Thomas.
Written November 11, 2021
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Catherine J
Cleveland, OH6 contributions
Nov 2021
This museum is one of the very best I've ever visited anywhere in the world. Even though I live distant to it, I was inspired to rejoin it, partly because I found such high quality, thoughtfully curated items in the museum shop, and so was able to buy them with the member's discount. That's not the only reason I rejoined, though: they deserve the support for the fantastic job they do of planning, curating, mounting, and publishing their educational offerings. The museum is not huge, and has a pleasing intimacy while still making a big impact. It features top notch, exciting examples of art of the Western world in the modern era, with ample emphasis on diversity. Their wonderful Jacob Lawrence paintings of the Great Migration are a highlight, as excellent temporary exhibitions. I have never been disappointed in this museum--only that sometimes some items have to be rotated out in order to display other important works. I missed William H. Johnson's wonderful folksy paintings that I enjoyed there several times in the past, but was so inspired by works by artists, many of whom represent the very city in which the museum stands. They are really doing something right here; check it out for a great day of art viewing.
Written November 21, 2021
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ktbeenthere2015
New York City, NY159 contributions
Jun 2021 • Friends
The intimate size of the museum coupled with the thoughtful descriptions and wondrous works make for a delightful diversion at the Phillips Collection. A visit to the Sculpture Garden in Hamilton NJ whet my appetite to see Renoir’s Luncheon of the Boating Party in 2D vs 3D. The setting for the painting is in the mansion wing. Many other modern artists adorn the walls moving you to other worlds. Seeing a more impressionistic self portrait by Mondrian alongside his very modern cubist lines and squares was revealing of his character. There are some light moments by exhibiting both the Honore Daumier painting The Uprising and in another room an Oliphant drawing Homage to Daumier of the same painting showing the strength of Daumier’s brush to include onlookers.
Written June 23, 2021
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