By Michael O’Sullivan
Friday, June 27, 2014
Collector Ruth Cole Kainen (1922--2009) and her husband, Washington painter Jacob Kainen (1909--2001), donated 1,289 artworks to the National Gallery of Art during their lifetimes. In 2012, an additional 781 paintings, watercolors, drawings, prints and illustrated books came to the museum, via a bequest from Ruth Kainen.
Last year, the NGA began a series of three exhibitions showcasing the Kainens’ extraordinary generosity with a selection of late--16th-- and early--17th--century prints from the northern Netherlands. The second and current show, “Modern German Prints and Drawings From the Kainen Collection” closes this weekend, with a special emphasis on works by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner.
The third and final exhibition, which will focus on such American modernists as Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning, opens Sept. 1.