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August 20, 2014

Modernism from the National Gallery of Art

The National Gallery of Art: The Robert and Jane Meyerhoff Collection exhibit has ended. Please visit the de Young Museum for current exhibitions.

Modernism from the National Gallery of Art: The Robert and Jane Meyerhoff Collection, on view June 7–October 12, 2014, brings paintings by some of the greatest masters of postwar America and Europe to San Francisco. The Robert and Jane Meyerhoff Collection, assembled over the course of nearly 50 years and encompassing some of the finest works by leading figures in postwar art, is among the largest single-donor gifts made to the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, since that museum’s founding by Andrew W. Mellon in 1937. The de Young is the sole venue for this exhibition highlighting one of the most important gifts of modern art ever made to our nation. This exhibition brings examples from this extraordinary collection—including works by Jasper Johns, Ellsworth Kelly, Roy Lichtenstein, Barnett Newman, Robert Rauschenberg, and Frank Stella—to the West Coast, marking the first time that a significant portion of the Meyerhoff Collection has been shown outside the Washington-Baltimore area.

This captivating selection of modern and contemporary art is organized into three generational groupings, allowing for a remarkable overview of American art from the end of World War II through the end of the century. Among the featured paintings will be Stella’s Flin Flon IV (1969), Jasper Johns’s Perilous Night (1982), and Roy Lichtenstein’s Painting with Statue of Liberty (1983). A centerpiece of the exhibition is Barnett Newman’s The Stations of the Cross: Lema Sabachthani (1958–1966), a cycle of 15 paintings which will be presented in a dedicated room and experienced as the artist intended, as a single work in an intimate, contemplative space. A film of Newman discussing this work is screened in the media room near the Herbst Exhibition Galleries.


de Young Museum
Golden Gate Park
50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive
San Francisco, CA 94118

Hours: Tuesdays–Sundays, 9:30 am–5:15 pm, last ticket 4:30 pm; Fridays (March 28–November 28, 2014) 9:30 am–8:45 pm, last ticket 8 pm. Closed Mondays, except select holidays. Check website for details. Museum Store is open during museum hours. Museum Café is open Tuesdays–Sundays, 9:30 am–4:30 pm; Fridays (March 28–November 28, 2014) 9:30 am–8:15 pm.


Adults $21–24; Seniors (65 and over) $18–21; Students with current ID $17–20, Youths 6–17 $11–14. Members and children 5 and under are free.

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Image: Roy Lichtenstein, Painting with Statue of Liberty, 1983. Oil and Magna on canvas. National Gallery of Art, Washington, Collection of Robert and Jane Meyerhoff. © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein

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