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The Kreeger Museum will reopen more accessible than ever before

Expect late-19th century artworks not seen in years

Photo via Amaury Laporte

In Foxhall Crescent, a 1963-built art museum just recently went through a renewal that allowed it to become more accessible now than ever before, as reported by Washington City Paper. On September 19, The Kreeger Museum, located at 2401 Foxhall Road NW, will open the first phase of its renewal with painters showcased that include Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró, and Vincent van Gogh.

According to the Washington City Paper, “About a third of the late-19th century and early-20th century paintings going on view are hanging for the first time in years—or even longer.”

Also part of the renewal was renovating the former tennis courts into a north lawn that now hosts Richard Deutsch’s “Against the Day” outdoor sculpture. The sculpture was previously located in Chevy Chase, Maryland’s Chevy Chase Center Plaza. The swimming pool was also filled in order to make a reflecting pond.

Another outdoor sculpture that is now at the Kreeger Museum is Kendall Buster’s “Garden Snare,” which is composed of two intersecting steel and shadecloth forms. Washington City Paper described it as “the best contemporary work in this sculpture garden or anywhere else in the city.”

The Kreeger Museum was designed by American architect Philip Johnson, who later went on to design Georgetown’s Dumbarton Oaks museum pavilion and the Glass House in New Canaan, Connecticut. He eventually won the American Institute of Architects Gold Medal in 1978 and the first Pritzker Architecture Prize in 1979.

For a full list of the new additions at the Kreeger Museum, be sure to check out Washington City Paper.

The Kreeger Museum Reemerges With a Fresh Look and Feel [Washington City Paper]