The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, comprising the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park (most visited museum west of the Mississippi) and the Legion of Honor in Lincoln Park, make up the largest public arts institution in San Francisco.
The de Young is housed in a copper-clad landmark building designed by Swiss architects Herzog and de Meuron. It showcases the institution’s significant collections of American painting, sculpture, and decorative arts from the 17th to the 21st centuries; art from Oceania, Africa, and the Americas; a diverse collection of costumes and textiles; and international contemporary art.
The Legion of Honor’s Beaux-Arts style building designed by George Applegarth is located on a bluff overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge. Its collections span 4,000 years and include European paintings, sculptures, and decorative arts; ancient art from the Mediterranean basin; and the largest collection of works on paper in the American West. The Legion also boasts a collection of more than seventy Rodin sculptures. Rodin’s Thinker, perhaps his best known monumental work, welcomes visitors into the Court of Honor.
Rudolf Nureyev A Life in Dance
Through February 17, 2013
Girl with a Pearl Earring: Dutch Paintings from the Mauritshuis and
January 26 – June 2, 2013
Richard Diebenkorn: The Berkeley Years, 1953–1966
June 22 – September 29, 2013
Legion of Honor:
Royal Treasures from the Louvre: Louis XIV to Marie-Antoinette
Through March 17, 2013
Through October 13, 2013
Impressionists on the Water
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June 1 – October 13, 2013