A Modern Vision: European Masterworks from The Phillips Collection
Featuring more than 50 paintings by iconic artists from The Phillips Collection’s world-renowned holdings, A Modern Vision brings masters famous for their depictions of light, color, and modern life to the North Carolina Museum of Art. The Phillips Collection was America’s first museum of modern art, opening its doors in Washington, DC, in 1921. The Phillips’s collection and mission pay tribute to the distinctive eye and collecting vision of its founder, Duncan Phillips.
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Phillips wanted to define modern art and its origins, starting with the 19th century and moving well into the 20th century. He installed works by different artists together to discover new relationships between them and their art across time and place, aiming to capture the artists’ voices rather than their place in art history. Phillips considered his museum to be an educational institution that would support living artists, whose work he also acquired and whom he hoped would be inspired by the “few great masters” in his collection.
This exhibition expresses Duncan Phillips’s belief that his museum gathered “congenial spirits among the artists from different parts of the world and from different periods of time” to demonstrate “that art is a universal language.”
This exhibition has been organized by The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC.
In Raleigh additional support for this exhibition is made possible, in part, by the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources; the North Carolina Museum of Art Foundation, Inc.; and the William R. Kenan Jr. Endowment for Educational Exhibitions. Research for this exhibition was made possible by Ann and Jim Goodnight/The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fund for Curatorial and Conservation Research and Travel.
Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas, Dancers at the Barre, circa 1900, oil on canvas, 51 ¼ × 38 ½ in., The Phillips Collection, acquired 1944