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

DIS: Closing Party featuring live performances by Fatima Al Qadiri and Brontez Purnell

Fatima Al Qadiri
May 26, 2018 - 8:00pm10:00pm

Join us for a closing party for the installation, Genre-Nonconforming: The DIS Edutainment Network.

Going out with style, DIS brings Kuwaiti producer and artist Fatima Al Qadiri together with Oakland-based writer and artist Brontez Purnell for an outrageous evening of live performances, music, and celebration. The evening also includes a screening of comedian and artist Casey Jane Ellison’s new series, MAD with Casey Jane Ellison: Mothers and Daughters.

Thinking Machines: Machine Learning

Stephanie Dinkins at the de Young museum as part of the Thinking Machines conversation series
July 26, 2018 - 6:00pm9:30pm

Does Artificial Intelligence truly exist yet? What can machines learn, what biases might be built into our teaching of them? How can we build inclusive Artificial Intelligence? What can robots be, beyond our popular culture ideas of humanoids?

Join us for the next program in the Thinking Machines conversation series, featuring Stephanie Dinkins, artist and Associate Professor of Art, Stony Brook University; and Tobias Rees, Director of Transformation of the Humans Program, Berggruen Institute.

Thinking Machines: Social Networks

Jeff Hancock at the de Young museum as part of the Thinking Machines conversation serise
August 9, 2018 - 6:00pm9:30pm

How do social networks impact our relationships? How have they changed notions of self and community? What can we learn about our culture from how people use social networks? How does social media lead to deception and how can we combat it?

Join us for the next program in the Thinking Machines conversation series, featuring Jeff Hancock, founding director of the Stanford Social Media Lab, and Mike Krieger, co-founder and Chief Technology Officer, Instagram.


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