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“Don't miss the interactive gallery & lunch on the terrace!”

The Clark Art Institute
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Owner description: The Clark Art Institute is best known for its French Impressionist paintings by Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, Camille Pissarro, and especially Pierre-Auguste Renoir, with more than thirty paintings by the artist. The collection is also rich in American paintings by Winslow Homer, John Singer Sargent, George Inness, Frederic Remington, and Mary Cassatt; Italian and Northern Renaissance masterpieces; portraits and landscapes by European masters; and an extraordinary collection of silver, porcelain, and furniture. An active program of special exhibitions brings great works of art from around the world to the museum. Designed by renowned Pritzker Prize-winning architect Tadao Ando, the recently opened Clark Center is the centerpiece of the Clark's campus. The center includes special exhibition galleries as well as retail and dining spaces. It overlooks a dramatic three-tiered reflecting pool, integrating indoor and outdoor spaces and creating a stunning visual connection to the woodland surroundings and other buildings located on the campus. This sweeping new landscape design transforms the Clark's 140-acre campus and underscores new sustainability initiatives. In 1950 the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute was founded as a permanent home for the private art collection of Sterling and Francine Clark. In 1955 Sterling-who was an avid horseman with strong family ties to Williamstown and Cooperstown, New York-and his wife Francine presided at the official opening of the museum, sharing their magnificent yet little-known collection with the world for the first time. Since the founding, the museum has gained international stature for the quality of its collection, innovative special exhibitions, and Research and Academic Program.
Reviewed October 16, 2013

I completely agree with all the excellent reviews that are already here.... But there are two areas not to be missed. Check at the information desk and ask about the interactive gallery of pieces in the permanent collection. It's a small gallery with iPads set up to give you the background on any work you see, just put in the number and lots of information comes up on each piece. The collection I saw was amazing, with many of our favorite Impressionists. I was blown away by a wonderful little Van Gogh. The Homer and Inness exhibits were excellent, but I just loved this little gallery for all the surprises.
We decided to take a break and have lunch on the new terrace cafe. You need to take a short shuttle ride up the hill (quite fun really) which delivers you to what feels like a rooftop outdoor patio with tables under umbrellas looking out over the tree tops to the mountains! There's' a limited menu of sandwiches and paninis, but oh my goodness.... they were delicious.... and brownies or cookies for dessert. Lots of picture taking at the wall to remember a wonderful day at the Clark.

Thank B C
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Sally M, Public Relations Manager at The Clark Art Institute, responded to this reviewResponded October 17, 2013

Thank you so much for the wonderful words. We're happy you enjoyed your visit and the interactive component of Clark Remix. The exhibition has closed and those interactive elements are no longer available in the galleries BUT you can still access them on line at http://www.clarkart.edu/exhibitions/remix/content/exhibition.cfm,

We hope you will visit again next summer when we re-open our original 1955 museum building and new visitor, exhibition, and conference center.

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Reviewed October 14, 2013

I have visited this museum several times, and am consistently impressed with their collection. In particular, the Impressionist works they have is a delightful surprise. I honestly was shocked at the size of the collection, for a small town in Western Mass. The grounds are also beautiful to wander. Highly recommended.

Thank S H
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Reviewed October 14, 2013

Absolutely the best of its kind. A large collection, beautifully hung. We go back every year. Renoir, degas, Pissarro,Manet, Monet, plus lovely collections of aantigue silver.

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Reviewed September 27, 2013

First class museum currently undergoing expansion. Large collection of American and European art and a large bookstore/giftshop.

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Reviewed September 25, 2013

The Clark was a delightful surprise for me, an art historian. Being brought here by a friend, I was thrilled with the collection of gems from Western tradition. Even though the collection currently is mostly in storage, as they are renovating, what was on exhibit was outstanding. From Goya to Constable and a wonderful Delacroix...the entire exhibit was sublime.

Thank Susan G
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