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Masters of Venice: Renaissance Painters of Passion and Power from the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna

October 29, 2011February 12, 2012

Masters of Venice: Renaissance Painters of Passion and Power is a worldwide exclusive presentation of 50 paintings by Venetian painters Titian, Giorgione, Veronese, Tintoretto, Mantegna, and more, primarily from the sixteenth century, all on loan from the Gemäldegalerie of the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna. Featured are outstanding examples of the work of these artists that were collected by the archdukes and emperors of the Habsburg family, which are among the most celebrated holdings in the collections of the Gemäldegalerie.


This exhibition is organized by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco in collaboration with the Gemäldegalerie of the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna.

Major Patron

Penny and James George Coulter
San Francisco Auxiliary of the Fine Arts Museums


Athena and Timothy Blackburn
William G. Irwin Charity Foundation


T. Robert and Katherine Burke
Samuel H. Kress Foundation
Mrs. James K. McWilliams
Greta R. Pofcher

Education programs presented in conjunction with the exhibition are sponsored by Wells Fargo and the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation.

This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.

Wells Fargo

Donald Judd and Sol LeWitt: Conceptual Color in Print

October 17, 2009March 8, 2010

Donald Judd was a major figure in the Minimalist art movement in the 1960s when he and others sought to create a depersonalized art in which the physical properties of space, scale, and materials were explored as phenomena of interest on their own. Judd’s use of color in three print series dating from 1988 to 1993 are on view along with a recent acquisition, Untitled (1993). Judd’s prints are compared and contrasted with prints by his peer, Sol LeWitt.


Art and Power in the Central African Savanna

June 20, 2009October 12, 2009

This exhibition explores the political and religious power of nearly 60 sculptures created by artists of four Central African cultures: the Luba, Songye, Chokwe, and Luluwa. Carved primarily from wood, these power figures act as containers for magical organic ingredients and serve purposes both religious and political. According to traditional beliefs, the figures mediate between the human and spirit worlds to insure a healthy birth, successful hunt, or triumph over an enemy. A fully-illustrated catalogue by leading expert Constantine Pedridis accompanies the exhibition.


Birth of Impressionism: Masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay

May 22, 2010September 6, 2010

Birth of Impressionism: Masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay puts forth nearly 100 works by the famous masters who called France their home during the mid-19th century and from whose midst arose one of the most original and recognizable of all artistic styles, Impressionism.

Birth of Impressionism
Left: James Abbott McNeil Whistler, Arrangement in Gray and Black No. 1; Portrait of the Artist’s Mother, 1871. Center: Édouard Manet, The Fifer (detail), 1866. Right: Edgar Degas, The Dancing Lesson (detail), 1873-1876. All photos ©RMN (Musée d’Orsay)/Hervé Lewandowski

Bearing Witness: An Afternoon with Bay Area Veterans of the Civil Rights Movement

Danny Lyon, "Clifford Vaughs, another SNCC photographer, is arrested by the National Guard, Cambridge, Maryland", 1964
February 11, 2017 -

In conjunction with the exhibition, Danny Lyon: Message to the Future, join FAMSF curator Julian Cox in discussion with Chude Allen, Ron Bridgeforth, and Bruce Hartford, who will share personal stories of the 1960s civil rights movement and their perspective on the ongoing struggle for racial justice today.

Live Music by Manicato

November 25, 2016 -

Manicato is a Latin, reggae, rock band from San Francisco featuring a richly talented father and son vocal section, Cris and Israel Matos. 

Manicato members are Israel Matos, vocals, guitar, and percussion; Cris 'Papi Matos' Matos, vocals and percussion; Alan 'Trombon' Williams, trombone; Danny Cao, trumpet and vocals; Enrique 'Qique' Padilla, congas; Jason Moen, keys; Aaron Germain, bass.

Live Music by Diablo Jazz Company

Schuyler Karr
November 18, 2016 -

Led by Schuyler Karr, Diablo Jazz Company will explore a darkly hopeful lineage of the piano trio with original compositions, and interpretations of works by some of the great millennial trios (the Bad Plus, Avishai Cohen Trio, e.s.t.) while reaching back from Radiohead to Dmitri Shostakovich for further inspiration.

The band features Alex Conde, piano; Schuyler Karr, bass; Darian Gray, drums.


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