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Australian artist Timothy Horn plays with sugar, scale, and the legend of Alma Spreckels in his reinterpretation of historical decorative arts from the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. As part of the Collections Connections series, Horn uses the European decorative arts collections as the inspiration for three large-scale works in Timothy Horn: Bitter Suite, on view from June 14 to October 12, 2008. Alma le Normand de Bretteville Spreckels was the widow of the millionaire sugar baron, Adolph Spreckels, and founder of the California Palace of the Legion of Honor,
sister institution to the de Young Museum.
Collection Connections is generously funded by the Annenberg Foundation. Collection Connections is part of FAMSF’s Cultural Encounters initiative designed to attract new and diverse audiences to the Museums. The Cultural Encounters initative is generously funded by The James Irvine Foundation, The Wallace Foundation, the Institute of Museums and Library Services, the Columbia Foundation, and the Winifred Johnson Clive Foundation.
This exhibition is funded in part through a grant from the Australia Council.