A Refreshed Website Experience

Today we’re launching refreshed websites for the de Young and Legion of Honor.

What is a “refresh” exactly? In our case, we focused on three specific aspects of our websites: opportunities to tell richer stories about what’s happening at the de Young and Legion of Honor, a new visual design, and a clearer focus on the unique personalities of our two museums.

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A Trompe-l'oeil Traveler

One of the most exciting aspects of working in paper conservation at the Legion of Honor is the variety of objects encountered on a daily basis. Pier Gustafson’s Father’s Suitcase is a one-of-a kind artwork that required unique treatment solutions.

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Let Them Eat Turkey

Thanksgiving is when you get to use all the best stuff in your kitchen: the gravy boat, the fancy napkins, and, of course, the turkey deep fryer. Louis XIV and the other French monarchs who succeeded him obviously didn’t celebrate Thanksgiving, but they did bring out the good stuff when setting the table.

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Stella!!!

Visitors to Gallery 14 at the de Young immediately encounter the riot of geometric color that is Frank Stella’s impressive 12-foot-square painting, Lettre sur les aveugles II (1974). This vibrant work was the first of Stella’s paintings to enter the permanent collection of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

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Meet Max Hollein

On June 1, Max Hollein became the new director of the Fine Arts Museums. Born in Vienna, Max comes to us most recently from Frankfurt, where he directed the Schirn Kunsthalle (since 2001), as well as the Städel Museum and the Liebieghaus Sculpture Collection (both since 2006). Max studied art history at the University of Vienna and business administration at the Vienna University of Economics and began his career at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York. We asked members to send their own questions to ask our new director.

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