Your group will enjoy early entry to the show, a tour of show highlights led by one of our prestigious exhibitors, and a catered lunch in the historic Board of Officers Room, designed by Herter Brothers. Following lunch your group is free to explore the show, attend the 2:00 PM Loan Exhibition Lecture, and visit the 2018 Loan Exhibition, Collecting for the Commonwealth/Preserving for the Nation: Celebrating a Century of Art Patronage, 1919-2018. Please contact Helen Kippax (Helenkippax1@gmail.com) for reservations. Reservations subject to availability.
Barry L. Shifman
Sydney and Frances Lewis Family Curator of Decorative Arts, VMFA
VMFA’s internationally-renowned collection of decorative arts from 1890 to 1935 is comprised of numerous objects from Virginia collectors Lillian Thomas Pratt and Sydney and Frances Lewis. The extraordinary collection of Russian decorative arts assembled by Lillian Thomas Pratt in the 1930s and 1940s boasts more than 170 objects by Karl Fabergé, including five imperial Easter Eggs. In 1947 the more than five hundred works were donated in her memory. These have been recently reinstalled in VMFA’s suite of five Russian galleries. Complementing the Pratt’s European holdings are generous contributions from Sydney and Frances Lewis of Richmond. From the early 1970s, the Lewises acquired masterpieces by celebrated artists—including Louis Comfort Tiffany, Hector Guimard, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Frank Lloyd Wright, Emile Jacques Ruhlmann, Eileen Gray, among others—to form an exceptional group of works in the Arts & Crafts, Art Nouveau, and Art Deco styles. “Decorative Arts at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts: Masterpieces of Arts & Crafts, Art Nouveau, and Art Deco” will feature the remarkable history of these two collections.
Please note that the Show closes to the public at 4:30 PM on Tuesday, January 23.