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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.


Degas, Impressionism, and the Paris Millinery Trade

Tue, 10/04/2016

Edgar Degas, The Milliners, about 1882 - before 1905. Oil on canvas, 59.1 × 72.4 cm (23 1/4 × 28 1/2 in.). The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

February 12 – May 7, 2017 | St. Louis Art Museum
June 24 – Sept. 24, 2017 | Legion of Honor

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 04, 2016—Best known for his depictions of Parisian dancers and laundresses, Edgar Degas (French, 1834-1917) was enthralled with another aspect of life in the French capital—high-fashion hats and the women who created them. The artist, invariably well-dressed and behatted himself, “yet dared to go into ecstasies in front of the milliners’ shops,” Paul Gauguin wrote of his lifelong friend.

Francisco Rosas
Public Relations Coordinator
tel: 415.750.8906
Miriam Newcomer
Director of Public Relations
tel: 415.750.3554 cell: 310.592.5238
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Legion of Honor Launches Official App

Thu, 01/21/2016

Legion of Honor app

App uses Interactive 3D Mapping & Indoor Positioning Technology

SAN FRANCISCO (January 21, 2016) – The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco are pleased to unveil the official app for the Legion of Honor. Taking advantage of Apple’s latest developments in indoor positioning, the app serves as a personal tour guide for museum-goers, allowing visitors to wander the galleries as if on a private curatorial tour. This is the first app for the Legion of Honor.

Francisco Rosas
Public Relations Coordinator
tel: 415.750.8906
Miriam Newcomer
Director of Public Relations
tel: 415.750.3554 cell: 310.592.5238

Oscar de la Renta: The Retrospective

Thu, 12/17/2015
Oscar de la Renta, Evening dress, Spring 2012. Emerald-green silk taffeta, black Battenburg lace. Oscar de la Renta. (Peter Michael Dills/Getty Images)

World Premiere
de Young, San Francisco | March 12 – May 30, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO – The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco are pleased to present the world premiere retrospective of Oscar de la Renta’s work – the first major survey celebrating the life and career of one of fashion’s most influential designers. The exhibition is organized in close collaboration with the House of Oscar de la Renta and the designer’s family, and is curated by André Leon Talley, former American editor-at-large for Vogue and a lifelong friend of de la Renta.

Francisco Rosas
Public Relations Coordinator
tel: 415.750.8906
Miriam Newcomer
Director of Public Relations
tel: 415.750.3554 cell: 310.592.5238

Start with Art Reservation Form

Start with Art: Teacher Open House

Saturday, November 16, 1:00–4:00 p.m.  

Enjoy refreshments, curriculum resources, in-gallery activities, and free admission to the David Hockney: A Bigger Exhibition and the permanent collections. Presented in conjuction with the California Academy of Sciences Educator Extravaganza.

Questions about this event may directed to Emily Jennings at ejennings@famsf.org.

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David Hockney: A Bigger Exhibition Free Friday Night for Educators Reservation Form

David Hockney: A Bigger Exhibition Friday Night for Educators!

Friday, November 1, 5:30–8 pm

Enjoy free entry to the special exhibition David Hockney: A Bigger Exhibition. By reservation only. Admission will be provided for educators and one guest.

Questions about this event may directed to Rebecca Crump at rcrump@famsf.org.


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