Posts Tagged ‘Virginia Museum of Fine Arts’

Bejeweled Craftsmanship Opens at VMFA

Monday, July 11th, 2011

“Faberge Revealed” has opened at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, Virginia.  The exhibition features more than 500 objects (actually 514 – but who’s counting?) crafted by Karl Faberge for the Russian imperial family in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  5 of the 13 imperial eggs in the US are featured as well as a diamond-encrusted tiara, pink enameled clock, green enamel and god presentation box and other veritable treasures from the VMFA’s own Lilian Thomas Pratt collection, as well as from the collections of Matilda Giddings Gray of New Orleans and a private collection in Texas.

Exquisitely crafted of old-cut diamonds, gold, and platinum in 1900, the Leuchtenberg Tiara is on display at VMFA's "Faberge Revealed" exhibit until October 2 2011

You’ll even see the Nobel Ice Egg, a white enamel Easter Egg, commissioned by Dr. Emanuel Nobel, noted for the Nobel Foundation and the famous Nobel prizes.

Advance tickets are suggested. Tickets are FREE for museum members, children 6 and under, active duty military personnel and their immediate families. Normal Tickets are $15, or $12 for seniors 65 or over, students with ID, and youth 7 to 17.  TICKETS.

The exhibition opened July 8, 2011 and will continue through October 2, 2011. After the exhibition closes, the Faberge space will close for 18 to 24 months for expansion. So see “Faberge Revealed” now and catch VMFA’s permanent Faberge collection which is included.

Make your plans to view this special exhibition and take time out from your hectic schedule to explore all the collections of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, its new addition, and sample the fabulous food of their fine dining establishment AMUSE overlooking the sculpture garden. Since, depending on your pace, this will take an entire day – or maybe, two, book an overnight stay at the historic Fan District’s premier bed and breakfast before “Faberge Revealed” closes!

Additional Information about exhibition from STYLEWEEKLY, a local Richmond newspaper!

Weekend Happenings in Richmond

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

There’s lots in store for Richmond, Virginia residents and visitors this weekend!

Strawberry Hill Races takes place at Colonial Downs on Saturday with gates opening at 11 AM.  It’s a veritable rite of spring with spectators decked out in seersucker, sundresses and fancy hats worthy of Derby distinction. For the first time, the Virginia Racing Commission will permit pari-mutuel wagering on four steeplechase races. The Preakness Stakes, the second leg in horse-racing’s famed Triple Crown, a=is also scheduled for Saturday. It will be broadcast live via simulcast at about 6:35 PM.  INFO.    (more…)

“Dynasty and Divinity: Ife Art in Ancient Nigeria” at VMFA through May 22

Saturday, May 14th, 2011

It’s the last week for what has been called one of the most important collections of West African art ever shown in the United States at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. This exhibit, offering a glimpse into Nigeria’s kingdom of Ife, known as a central point for trade and art, which was at its cultural peak between the 12th and 15th centuries. This is a traveling exhibition of works of examples of brass, copper, stone and terra cotta sculptures noted for their visual power, complexity and detailed workmanship assembled by the Museum for African Art in New York in collaboration with the Nigerian National Commission on Museums and Monuments and the Fundacion Marcelino Botin of Santander, Spain.  Highlights of the exhibit include life-size portrait heads of copper and alloys that employ techniques far advanced for the time.     (more…)

More Spring House & Garden Tours

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

HIstoric Garden Week in Virginia has slipped by; The Fan Woman’s Club Kitchen and Garden Tour is a memory; the Museum District’s Mother’s Day Tour has passed — but we’re not done yet! Next Saturday, May 14th between noon and 5 PM, selected homes and gardens in the Ginter Park neighborhood will open their doors and gates to visitors.

Ginter Park House and Garden Tour celebrates 100 years of Architecture May 14 2011 between noon and 5 PM

The annual tour will be celebrating 100 years of architecture and gardens and the 100th anniversary of the incorporation of the Ginter Park neighborhood.  Times-Dispatch article on Ginter Park Tour Ticket Information and Details.

And, once you visited the ten homes and gardens open for touring, just up the road you’ll find Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens featuring its Millions of Blooms.  Right now the roses and peonies are in their prime and provide great photo opportunities. You can also check out the progress of world-famous artist Patrick Dougherty as he builds his stick sculpture, which will be named on May 21 at the Spring Fling in the Garden.

And, this is the FINAL weekend for the exhibition “Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musee National Picasso, Paris” at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Better get there before it’s gone for good!

Lots in store this weekend, don’t miss out! Richmond and central Virginia are the place to be….

Time is Running Out!

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is winding down its noted exhibition titled “Picasso: Masterpieces from The Musee National Picasso, Paris.” The exhibition officially closes on May 15, 2011 and  the museum has extended its weekend hours on Friday May 13th and Saturday May 14th until midnight!  If you haven’t had the opportunity to catch the exhibit and its audio tour – make your plans now. If you hesitate, tickets will be gone and the opportunity to take in the only East Coast appearance of the exhibition will have slipped by.  Get your TICKET!

Rent the audio tour to maximize your benefit — or get the free download here.

For the most complete tour, rent the audioguide or download the tour to your smart phone!

Hours have been extended to 9 PM on Saturday May 7th.

This is the largest and most significant exposition of this contemporary artist’s work with examples from each of Picasso’s major artistic periods – and all of it from Pablo Picasso’s personal collection.  The over 175 pieces are on loan from the Musee National Picasso, Paris which is undergoing renovations at this time.

And, on Saturdays, to get around Richmond’s city center and its heritage sites, check out the free museum bus. The bus loop is just one block away from Richmond’s premier bed and breakfast inn in Richmond’s historic Fan District, so don’t hesitate make your plans today!