Aesthetics experts agree that art is best beheld fresh, before still-life potatoes begin to sprout eyes and poker-playing dogs go extinct. Feed your eyes with a fresh feast of modern art with today's Groupon: for $6, you get one ticket to the Kandinsky & Stella Exhibitions (June 11 to September 4) at The Phillips Collection in Washington, DC. (up to a $12 value) Children 18 and younger are admitted for free.
Since opening in 1921, The Phillips Collection has nurtured an exquisite collection of modern and impressionist works by canvas camouflaging masters such as Renoir, Rothko, Bonnard, O'Keeffe, van Gogh, and Degas. In celebration of its 90th anniversary, the internationally recognized Dupont Circle landmark will orchestrate a rich bouquet of programs, exhibitions, and events throughout 2011 before blowing out the 90 candles blazing on its birthday cake.
Guests visiting the Kandinsky and the Harmony of Silence: Painting with White Border exhibition will explore the creative processes that Vasily Kandinsky employed while creating his 1913 masterpiece, Painting with White Border. While working over a period of five months, the artist drafted several watercolors, drawings, and oil studies before discovering how to not only record the powerful impressions that loitered in his brain, but also how to make a 3-D image of a sailboat appear when the painting is stared at for several hours. The Stella Sounds: The Scarlatti K Series exhibition will mark the museum debut of works from Frank Stella's Scarlatti Kirkpatrick Series. Inspired by the 18th-century harpsichord sonatas of Domenico Scarlatti, the works feature a series of colorful, spiraling polychrome forms that stake territory in a realm somewhere between painting and sculpture.
The Phillips Collection
The Phillips Collection emerged from one man's passion for art. Duncan Phillips filled his 19th-century Georgian Revival house with artwork, and he invited others to come and look at his collection. In 1921, the home formally became a museum of modern art. Impressionist and modern works fill its walls, and the collection continues to grow to accommodate contemporary artists.
- Size: rotating exhibits and a permanent collection of 3,000+ works
- Crown Jewel: Luncheon of the Boating Party, a 19th-century painting depicting an idyllic day at the Maison Fournaise restaurant
- Eye Catcher: the Rothko Room, which was specifically built to showcase expressionist Mark Rothko's colors
- Don't Miss: a meditative chamber made from 440 pounds of beeswax
- The Building: the original Phillips house as well as more modern expansions
- Special Programs: Phillips after 5 (first Thursday of every month)
- Pro Tip: A favorite painting may move around—the museum frequently changes the arrangement of its permanent collection