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Corcoran said art work not damaged by contained fire

An early morning fire Tuesday at the Corcoran Gallery of Art and its College of Art + Design did not harm any art work, the museum reported.

“Early this morning, a fire in a ceramics studio in the college caused minimal damage to an isolated area in the back of the building,” said the director and president Fred Bollerer. His statement continued: “The fire and smoke were quickly contained. No one was injured and absolutely no artwork was at risk or damaged. Repairs to the kiln room will begin today and the cause of fire is under investigation.”

The Corcoran is normally closed to the public on Tuesday and will reopen on Wednesday at 10 a.m.

The Corcoran is the city’s oldest private museum and is located in a landmark Beaux-Arts building on 17th Street N.W. near the Old Executive Office Building and the White House. Its art collection includes extensive holdings in photography, decorative arts and 19th and 20th century painters, such as Pablo Picasso, Edward Hopper, Jacob Lawrence and Richard Diebenkorn.

It is also one of the few museums that has a full-time art school under its charge. The fire reportedly started in an area open to the students.

The Washington Post reported on the fire earlier Tuesday.


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