|Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge MA|
|The new Harvard Art Museums, opened in November 2014, holds world-class collections of painting & sculpture second only to Boston's Museum of Fine Arts.|
In collecting significant works of art, Harvard University has advantages: smart, sensitive people to recognize great art, successful, wealthy alumni/ae to collect it and donate it to the university, and a long history of doing both.
The new Harvard Art Museums building designed by Renzo Piano and opened on November 16, 2014 brings together the outstanding collections of Harvard University's three formerly separate art museums:
The new building preserves the 1927 Fogg Museum building, incorporating it into the new, ultra-modern Harvard art complex. The Fogg's collections include European and American art from the Middle Ages to the present: Italian early Renaissance, 17th-century Dutch, 19th-century French and British art, works by the Pre-Raphaelites, Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings, as well as a signiﬁcant collection of 19th- and 20th-century American paintings.
The Busch-Reisinger Museum's wonderful collections of Central and Northern European Germanic art, moved from Adolphus Busch Hall to the new Harvard Art Museums, include works of late medieval sculpture, 18th-century art, Vienna Secession art, German expressionism, 1920s abstraction, and Bauhaus. There are also postwar 20th and 21st-century Germanic pieces including works by Georg Baselitz, Joseph Beuys, Rebecca Horn, Anselm Kiefer, Gerhard Richter, and Rosemarie Trockel.
I'd go just to see Max Beckmann's Self-Portrait in Tuxedo.
Arthur M Sackler Museum
The Sackler Asian collections include fine archaic Chinese bronzes, ceramics and jades, Japanese surimono and lacquer boxes, ceremonial weapons, Buddhist cave-temple sculptures, ceramics from Korea, and much more.
The ancient Mediterranean and Byzantine collections have works in all media from Greece, Rome, Egypt, and the Near East, including Greek vases, small bronzes, and coins.
From India and the Muslim world, the Sackler has paintings, drawings, calligraphy, and manuscript illustrations, with particular strength in Rajput art, and Islamic ceramics from the 8th through 19th centuries.
The Harvard Art Museums building, east of Harvard Yard on Quincy Street between Prescott Street and Broadway (map), is open every day from 10am to 5pm, closed on major holidays. There is a moderate admission fee for non-Harvard visitors.
—by Tom Brosnahan