Two of Honolulu’s largest art museums are merging. Here’s what it means for local art lovers.
By Lavonne Leong, Photography by Linny Morris
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Curators say the Academy’s new department of contemporary art and more flexible galleries will allow more creative displays, such as these “juxtapositions” drawn from the two museum’s collections.
Wen Zhengming The Seven Junipers, 1532 Handscroll; ink on paper Honolulu Academy of Arts
Robert Motherwell Untitled, 1963 Oil on canvas The Contemporary Museum
American abstract expressionist Robert Motherwell was inspired by Asian ink painting and calligraphy, and also by the American seascape at Cape Cod, when he painted this untitled gestural masterwork.
Paul Wonner To Flora (Second Version), 1985 Acrylic on canvas The Contemporary Museum
Jan Philips van Thielen An Austrian Copper, Roses, Liverwort, Great Jasmine, A Tulip, A Lily and Orange Blossoms, Painted Lady, and Red Admiral in a Glass Vase on a Stone Ledge, 17th Century Oil on panel Honolulu Academy of Arts
Contemporary artist Paul Wonner began to paint large still-life works of flowers in the 1980s, inspired by 17th–century Dutch floral still-life paintings such as this work by Jan Philips van Thielen.
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