Editors' pick

Phillips Collection

Art Museum
Phillips Collection photo
(The Rothko Room/Copyright Robert C. Lautman)

Kristian Bezuidenhout

The South African fortepianist performs works by Mozart and C.P.E. Bach in his Phillips debut.

Schumann Quartett

The quartet performs works by Beethoven, Barton and Brahms in its Phillips debut.

Shai Wosner

The Israeli American pianist performs works by Schubert, Chopin, Dvorak and Gershwin.

Escher Quartet

The group of Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center artists performs works by Janacek, Mendelssohn and Zemlinsky.
Through 1/3/16

Question Bridge: Black Males

The video art installation shows black men responding to questions as a way to redefine their identity.

Stewart Goodyear

The Toronto-born pianist makes his D.C. premiere by re-creating the program from Canadian pianist Glen Gould's 1955 U.S. debut.
Through 1/10/16

Gauguin to Picasso: Masterworks from Switzerland

More than 60 paintings from the mid-19th and 20th centuries are displayed to show how two collectors from Basel, Switzerland, helped champion modern art.
Through 1/10/16

The Journals of Duncan Phillips

The writings of the museum founder and art lover are highlighted.

Timo Andres and Tessa Lark

The pianist and violinist perform works chosen by pianist/composer Nico Muhly, guest curator.

Nadia Sirota

Violist Nadia Sirota performs the second concert curated by Nico Muhly, featuring world premieres by Alex Freeman and Matt Fuerst as well as Washington premieres by Richard Reed Parry, Bryce Dessner and others.

Arditti Quartet

The quartet makes its Phillips debut, performing an all-French program curated by Nico Muhly.

Sandrine Piau

In her Phillips Collection debut, the French soprano performs works by Debussy, Britten, Strauss, Chausson, Poulenc and Wolf with pianist Susan Manoff.
2/6/16 - 5/8/16

Seeing Nature: Landscape Masterworks from the Paul G. Allen Family Collection

Five centuries of landscape art from America and Europe are displayed to highlight the evolution of the art form.

Editorial Review

‘Vocal Colors’ a welcome summer concert at the Phillips Collection

Four in Wolf Trap Opera Company’s summer residency program offer a deftly sung, charming performance.

A Note About Admission: Museum admission prices vary throughout the year. The permanent collection is open to the public for free Tuesdays through Fridays (donations are welcome). On weekends, the fee is $10 for adults, $8 for students and seniors and free for ages 18 and younger -- unless there is a special exhibition on view. In that case, visitors pay the special exhibition fees, which can vary, but are generally $12 for adults, $10 for students and seniors and free for ages 18 and younger.

The Buzz: America's first modern art museum was born in 1921 when prolific collector Duncan Phillips opened his home and personal art collection to the public. Today, selections from the permanent collection are still on view in Phillips' Dupont Circle brownstone. In April 2006, the museum celebrated the opening of a new wing with more exhibition space and new amenities for visitors and scholars.

The Collections: A list of artists represented in the Phillips Collection reads like a who's who of modern art. Among the nearly 2,500 pieces in the permanent collection are works by van Gogh, Monet, Degas, Cezanne, El Greco, Picasso, Matisse, Klee and O'Keeffe. Auguste Renoir's "Luncheon of the Boating Party," a jolly impressionist canvas, is the museum's signature piece. The museum also exhibits four large-scale Mark Rothko works in an intimate gallery known as the Rothko Room.

Programs: One Thursday every month, the museum stays open until 8:30 p.m. for Phillips After 5, after-hours events that feature gallery talks with curators and other scholars. The museum offers introductory talks that acquaint visitors with the permanent collection on Saturday mornings at noon and lectures about the museum's special exhibition on Sunday at noon. From October to May, the museum hosts Sunday concerts at 4 p.m.

Extras: In addition to a cafe and gift shop, the museum also has a 180-seat auditorium, art activity room, conservation studio, outdoor courtyard and a library for scholars.

--Julia Beizer (July 10, 2007)