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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

Ed Ruscha Teacher Workshop

Ed Ruscha, 'A Particular Kind of Heaven',1983
August 27, 2016 -

Join us for a day dedicated to examining the work of Ed Ruscha. Learn how the artist’s seminal journey to California served as a catalyst for a career in which he explored the American west through texts and images. This workshop will include educator resources, background information, a studio activity, and time to share ideas with colleagues. This program is geared for students fourth grade and up. Space limited to 40 teachers.

Doing and Viewing Art

Doing and Viewing Art
November 19, 2016 -


Children ages 4 to 12 are invited on a guided tour of a current exhibition or the permanent collection, followed by a studio workshop led by professional teaching artists. Children under 8 years old must be accompanied by an adult. Both sessions are open to the public.

10–11:30 am and 12:30–2 pm

November 19             Frank Stella: A Retrospective

November 26             No class

December 3               On the Grid

December 10             Children Who Live at the de Young

Mixed-Media Art-Making Station

A museum visitor makes art on a Friday Night at the de Young
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Every week, Friday Nights at the de Young offers art-making activities to encourage everyone of all ages to tap into their creativity.

Friday Nights at the de Young: Cocktail Time at the de Young

Friday Night guests, performers, and staff pose in Wilsey Court
August 5, 2016 -

Friday Nights at the de Young are after-hours art happenings that include a mix of live music, dance and theater performances, film screenings, panel discussions, lectures, artist demonstrations, hands-on art activities, and exhibition tours. Local artists conduct drop-in workshops, debut new commissions, display their art in the Kimball Education Gallery, and take part in conversations about the creative process. The café offers a delicious prix-fixe menu and specialty cocktails, and the Hamon Tower observation level is open until 8 pm.

James Turrell, Three Gems, ca. 2005
Barbro Osher Sculpture Garden
5:00 pm

Visit James Turrell's Three Gems in the Osher Sculpture Garden during its optimal viewing time—at sunset! Open 5–8:45 pm.

In 2014, artist James Turrell (b. 1943) contacted the Museums to refurbish Three Gems, a site-specific “skyspace” located in a grass-covered hill in the Osher Sculpture Garden. The work was approaching its tenth anniversary at the de Young, having been installed during the opening of the new building in 2005.  

Buchanan Court
6:00 pm

Every week, Friday Nights at the de Young offers art-making activities to encourage everyone of all ages to tap into their creativity.

Village Road Trio
Wilsey Court
6:30 pm

Cocktail Hour at the de Young featuring live music by Village Road Trio

The Village Road Trio features Sascha Jacobsen, bass; Rob Reich, accordion; and Alisa Rose, violin. Rooted in classical and jazz traditions, the folkloric qualities of the musicians lead them to an extensive range of styles, including American bluegrass and old-timey music, Romanian and gypsy tunes, swing tunes and rags, favorite classical melodies, as well as originals which defy genre classification.


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