Editors' pick

Phillips Collection

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

Varjon-Barati-Vardai Piano Trio

The Hungarian trio performs works by Brahms, Dvorak and Beethoven in their Washington premiere.

Steven Osborne

The British pianist performs.

Jordi Savall

The viol player makes his Phillips debut with a program featuring Celtic music and works by Tobias Hume, Monsieur de Sainte-Colombe and Marin Marais.

Christopher Park

The pianist makes his U.S. debut.

Steve Antosca Ensemble

The group performs the Washington composer's two-movement work featuring vocals and computer-generated sounds.

Sandbox Percussion and Amphion Quartet

The ensembles come together to perform Andy Akiho's "LIgNEouS" for marimba and string quartet and the East Coast premiere of David Crowell's a new percussion quartet.

Richard Goode

The pianist performs an all-Bach program featuring the Italian Concerto, the complete sinfonias, the sixth French suite and the second partita.

Sayaka Shoji and Ryo Yanagitani

The violinist and pianist perform.

Valentin Uryupin and Stanislav Khristenko

The Russian clarinetist and conductor makes his U.S. debut joined by the Ukrainian-born pianist.

Ingolf Wunder

The pianist performs Schubert's final Sonata, Chopin's Polonaise-Fantaisie and Liszt's Hexameron variations.

Leading International Composers

Works by Icelandic composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir are performed.

Paul Huang and Jessica Xylina Osborne

The violinist and pianist perform works by Part, Franck, Vitali and Stravinsky.

Lawrence Power and Simon Crawford

The violist and pianist perform.

Jennifer Koh and Ursula Oppens

The violinist and pianist perform a Fredric Rzewski work commissioned by the Phillips Collection and the Library of Congress.

Metropolis Ensemble

Led by Andrew Cyr, the Grammy-nominated ensemble performs a world premiere by Paula Matthusen.
Through 5/8

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.

JACK Quartet

The ensemble performs a new rendition of Roger Reynolds's multimedia work, "Flight 1: Imagining."

The Phillips Camerata

Led by conductor Yaniv Dinur, the ensemble closes out the Phillips' 75th season with a program featuring Stravinsky's Dumbarton Oaks Concerto and works by Mendelssohn and Chopin.

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)