Back in the 1990's, the de Young Museum was a controversial project (San Francisco voters twice defeated bond measures that were to fund it).
In January 1999, designers Herzog de Meuron and principal architects Fong & Chan won a competition to create what I feel is a phenomenal structure surrounded by incredible sculpture gardens.
With perseverance the de Young Museum opened on October 15, 2005.
It features American art from the 17th to the 21st centuries, international modern and contemporary art, photography, textiles and costumes, and art from Africa, Oceania, and the Americas.
It's collection has over 4,000 years of ancient and European art.
Here is a look at what inspired awe in me...
|Zhan Wang (b. 1962)|
Artificial Rock, stainless steel, 2005
|Henry Spencer Moore (1898 - 1986)|
Two Piece Reclining Figure No. 9, cast bronze, 1968
|Frank Duveneck (1848 - 1919)|
Study for "Guard of the Harem", detail, oil on canvas, 1879
|Edmund Charles Tarbell (1862 - 1938)|
The Blue Veil, oil on canvas, 1898
|Amedeo Modigliani (1884 - 1920)|
Pierre-Edouard Baranowski, oil on board, 1918