It's quintessential New York to spend a weekend afternoon wandering around The Frick Collection. Walk into the Upper East Side mansion, pause at the indoor atrium, and then meander through the museum's masterpieces.
Trustee Stephen Schwarzman must agree. The chairman and CEO of the Blackstone group has decided to match, dollar for dollar, all donations made to The Frick Collection's Annual Fund between now and December 31.
Donations are fully tax deductible, and the Annual Fund helps The Frick Collection to sustain its commitment to present, conserve and interpret its collection of fine and decorative arts, in addition to supporting its ongoing special exhibition program, publications, concerts, lectures and seminars.
The Frick's current special exhibitions include Porcelain, No Simple Matter: Arlene Shechet and the Arnhold Collection, which examines the complex history of making, collecting and displaying porcelain; as well as Cagnacci's "Repentant Magdalene:" An Italian Baroque Masterpiece from the Norton Simon Museum. The permanent collection includes masterpieces of European painting, major works of sculpture, 18th-centura French furniture and porcelain, old master and 19th-century works on paper and Limoges enamels.
The Frick Collection is housed in Henry Clay Frick's former home, a mansion built in 1913-14 by Thomas Hastings. Recently The Frick announced that Annabelle Sellforf’s architecture firm, Selldorf Architects, will head up the museum’s renovation, which includes a major upgrade, enhancement and expansion of The Frick’s facilities.
For more information, visit frick.org. The Frick Collection is located a 1 East 70th Street, New York.
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