Founded in 1895, the de Young Museum is a rich part of the cultural fabric of San Francisco that has been beloved by the residents of this city for over 100 years. 2005 marked the re-opening of the de Young in a state-of-the-art facility that combines elements of art, architecture, and the natural landscape, designed by Swiss architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron, and Fong & Chang of San Francisco. The building is now a landmark art museum that features American art from the 17th through the 21st century, while also housing international art, textiles, costumes, and contemporary art.
What will you see at the deYoung? The permanent collection is broken down into international and thematic categories, each one unique and interesting in its own right. Here’s a look at the categories included in the permanent collection galleries and some of their highlights:
American Painting: Boatmen on the Missouri by George Caleb Bingham, and After the Hunt by William Michael Harnett.
American Decorative Arts: Wood, steel, iron, tire and paint sculpture by Mark di Suvero, and Mantelpiece for Thurlow Lodge.
Art of the Americas: Mexican Ceremonial Knife (around 1200) and feather tunic (8th-16th century) from Peru.
African Art: Male mask from early 20th century Cameroon, ancestral figure, Ekpu(18th-19th century) from Nigeria’s Cross River region.
Oceanic Art: 19th-century wood and pigment figure from New Guinea, and house façade figure from early 20th-century Indonesia.
Textile Arts: 16th-century pictorial silk panel from England, and French evening dress by Madame Alix Gres (1950).
Works on Paper: Prints by Andy Warhol, and Burnt Mountain by Winslow Homer.
Photography: Photographs by Imogen Cunningham, Edward Weston, Arnold Genthe and others.
Take a break from viewing the exhibitions at the de Young Café, where a variety of fresh American and European staples are served, including seasonal ingredients purchased locally. The de Young Museum Store sells unique decorative objects, jewelry, and textiles from around the world. Also available for purchase are books and museum publications, as well as prints.
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Comments about Smart Destinations deYoung Museum:
Great museum and visiting exhibit (100 Musee d'Orcy paintings) but you have to pay more to see it and there is a long wait. Check it out before you decide.