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Art to Art: Anatomy of a Merger

Two of Honolulu’s largest art museums are merging. Here’s what it means for local art lovers.


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Juxtapositions

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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