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Carnegie Museum of Art bolsters its collection with new acquisitions

| Friday, July 26, 2013, 7:42 p.m.
Henry van de Velde 'Chandelier'
Carnegie Museum of Art
Henry van de Velde 'Chandelier'

Carnegie Museum of Art has acquired several additions to its collection in a variety of media, “complementing a multi-year effort to evaluate and shape existing holdings, build upon collection strengths, and expand upon the stories related to works in the galleries,” according to a museum statement.

Recent acquisitions include the painting “Reminiscences of the House in Russia” by visionary artist and scientist Andrey Avinoff, who served as director of the Carnegie Museum of Natural History from 1926 to '46.

Other acquisitions include prints from a 1968 album of studio portraits by Malian photographer Malick Sidibé, a large installation in two parts by Irish artist Cathy Wilkes, a new video work by Californian Frances Stark, and a Modernist chandelier by Belgian designer Henry van de Velde.

The museum is undergoing a reinstallation of the galleries and “an ongoing effort to make the collection more accessible, highlight masterworks, and contextualize artworks both in history and within artistic traditions.”

Recent additions include a piece by Maya Lin, for which she cut and layered discarded cardboard Macintosh computer boxes to create a three-dimensional topographical map of Cupertino, Calif., the headquarters of Apple; two drawings by famed English portrait painter George Romney; and a vase by decorator Kataro Shirayamadani.

Carnegie Museum of Art has begun the process of a multi-year evaluation of its permanent collection. This undertaking comes on the heels of extensive reinstallations of the museum's permanent collection galleries, beginning with the Ailsa Mellon Bruce Galleries of Decorative Arts in 2009, moving through the Scaife 19th-century galleries in 2012, and the Scaife Modern and Contemporary galleries in June 2013, which is also a component of the 2013 Carnegie International.

The process will be complete when the museum's galleries of non-Western and pre-1800 art are reinstalled in 2014. As part of the process, curators, registrars, conservators and outside experts have been assessing artworks, addressing criteria such as the artworks' authenticity, artistic strengths, condition and contribution to the stories told by the larger collection.

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Rachel Weaver is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at or 412-320-7948.

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