Fifteen years after the 1997 architectural renovation of the Museum by Rick Sundberg and Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen Architects, the Frye Art Museum has been transformed on the occasion of its 60th anniversary. A, stark white on white palette throughout the building accentuates the cadences of the original architecture and galleries, showcases artworks to their best advantage, and intensifies vistas of the museum’s courtyard and reflecting pool.
The opening exhibitions include:
“The Perfection of Good-Nature”: The Frye Founding Collection” examines for the first time the impact of the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago on the collection of Charles and Emma Frye, founders of the Frye Art Museum, and reveals Charles Frye’s vision of a “Seattle Art Museum” in 1915. Shown: Albert Neuhuys. Dutch Woman and Child, n.d. Oil on canvas. 54 x 40 3Ž4 in. Frye Art Museum, Charles and Emma Frye Collection, 1952.126. Photo: Spike Mafford.
“Liu Ding’s Store: Take Home and Make Real the Priceless in Your Heart,” the first solo exhibition in the United States of work by Liu Ding, also includes an intervention by the artist in the Museum Store.
“Ties That Bind: American Artists in Europe” showcases paintings from the Frye collection by American artists who lived in Europe in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.