Editors' pick

Phillips Collection

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

Curator's Perspective: Neo-Impressionism and the Dream of Realities

Curator Cornelia Homburg explores the creative exchange between Neo-impressionist painters, symbolist writers and composers during the late 1880s and early 1890s.
Through 9/27

Illuminated Archive

Artist Vesna Pavlovic's 35-foot translucent curtain printed with digitally manipulated images and three ink-jet photographs.
Through 9/28

Intersections: Vesna Pavlovic

The artist uses material from the Phillips's library and archive to create an installation exploring the museum's history.

The Phillips Camerata

In celebration of the museum's "Neo-Impressionism and the Dream of Realities: Painting, Poetry, Music" exhibition, the Camerata performs works by Faure, Franck and Tailleferre.

Akropolis Reed Ensemble

The group of reed players perform in one of the Phillips Collection's Sunday concerts.

Odair Assad

One half of the Assad Brothers classical guitar duo performs in a solo concert.

FUSION: Adam Laloum

The French pianist performs works by Schumann and Schubert in a concert presented by Cultural Service of the Embassy of France. Part of the Music at the Phillips series.

Sumi Hwang, soprano

The 2014 winner of the Queen Elisabeth International Grand Prize performs.

Torleif Thedeen and Roland Pontinen

The cellist and pianist perform.

Leon McCawley

The British pianist performs.

The JACK Quartet

The quartet plays string quartets written by Hans Abrahamsen between 1973 and 2012. Part of Phillips Collection's Leading European Composers 2014-2015 season.

Jun Hwi Cho

The 18-year-old Korean pianist plays in a recital.

Einav Yarden

The pianist performs in a Phillips Collection Sunday concert.
9/22 - 12/8

Ongoing exhibits:

19th- and 20th-century European and American paintings.
Through 12/12

Laib Wax Room

German artist Wolfgang Laib originally created this fragrant, illuminated beeswax chamber for the Phillips family home. It will be the museum's first permanent installation since the Rothko Room in 1960.

Calidore Quartet

The string quartet appears in a Phillips Collection Sunday concert.
9/27 - 1/11/15

Neo-Impressionism and the Dream of Realities: Painting, Poetry, Music

More than 70 paintings and works on paper explore how Neo-Impressionists employed stylization and deliberate orchestration of color to create landscapes and figures.
10/24 - 2/15/15

Intersections: Bernardi Roig

Mallorcan artist Roig installs six sculptural works exploring the dualities of entrapment and liberation, blinding and illumination, absence and presence.
Through 2/27/15

The Journals of Duncan Phillips

A display of selections from the museum founder's journals, which span 30 years.

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)