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Modern Art Explored in Side by Side: Oberlin’s Masterworks Opens at the Phillips Collection

Twenty-five significant works from the rich collection of the Allen Memorial Art Museum at Oberlin will be presented with selections from the Phillips’s permanent collection, creating new artistic conversations and provocative juxtapositions. Side by Side: Oberlin’s Masterworks at the Phillips, opened September 11, 2010, and runs through January 16, 2011.

Many of these works have not left the Allen in half a century and include paintings by artists in the modernist tradition—such as Paul Cézanne, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Claude Monet, and Mark Rothko—as well as significant works by Hendrick ter Brugghen, Peter Paul Rubens, and Joseph Mallord William Turner, among others. Organized by The Phillips Collection and the Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio.

Peter Paul Rubens. The Finding of Erichthonius, 1632-33. Oil on canvas. Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College, Ohio. R.T. Miller, Jr. Fund, 1944

The Phillips Collection is one of the world’s most distinguished collections of impressionist and modern American and European art. Stressing the continuity between art of the past and present, it offers a strikingly original and experimental approach to modern art by combining works of different nationalities and periods in displays that change frequently. The setting is similarly unconventional, featuring small rooms, a domestic scale, and a personal atmosphere. Artists represented in the collection include Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Vincent van Gogh, Edgar Degas, Henri Matisse, Pierre Bonnard, Paul Cézanne, Pablo Picasso, Paul Klee, Claude Monet, Honoré Daumier, Georgia O’Keeffe, Arthur Dove, Mark Rothko, Milton Avery, Jacob Lawrence, and Richard Diebenkorn, among others. The Phillips Collection, America’s first museum of modern art, has an active collecting program and regularly organizes acclaimed special exhibitions, many of which travel internationally. The museum also produces award-winning education programs for K–12 teachers and students, as well as for adults. The museum’s Center for the Study of Modern Art explores new ways of thinking about art and the nature of creativity, through artist visits, seminars, and lectures. Since 1941, the museum has hosted concerts in its wood-paneled Music Room. The Phillips Collection is a private, non-government museum, supported primarily by donations.

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