Sneak Peek Inside Seeing Nature

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Installation shot of Seeing Nature. Left: April Gornik, Lake Light, 2008. Oil on linen, 72 1/4 x 108 1/4 x 1 5/8 in. Right: David Hockney, The Grand Canyon, 1998. 48 1/2 x 168 in.; Both Paul G. Allen Family Collection.

Seeing Nature: Landscape Masterworks from the Paul G. Allen Family Collection opens this Saturday, February 6. Here are some photos our staff snapped in the galleries just after everything went on the walls.

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Installation shot of Seeing Nature at the Phillips

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Installation shot of Seeing Nature

Setting the Scene for Seeing Nature

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View of the Seeing Nature galleries just after walls have been painted.

Manager of Exhibitions Liza Strelka snapped photos of the galleries where we’re preparing to install Seeing Nature: Landscape Masterworks from the Paul G. Allen Family Collection. She captured the brief moment between freshly painted walls and the arrival of the works for display.

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Installation view of Seeing Nature just after painting the walls

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What will go on this blue accent wall in the Seeing Nature exhibition?

A Passion for Books

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Kathleen captured not only the books she collects, but also the environment in which she enjoys them in this contribution to our community collection

The collecting instinct reaches its apotheosis in books.Lawrence Clark Powell, “The Loves Have I,” in A Passion for Books, 1958

Nearly 5% of participants in our Gauguin to Picasso: Masterworks from Switzerland interpretive station have shared their passion for collecting books. With reasons ranging from gaining knowledge, traveling to faraway places, enjoying the pure act of reading, or thinking of books as friends, the Phillips is a haven for bookworms of all types.

Share your love of books, or whatever you collect, by visiting the exhibition or creating your own at home and share it with #PhillipsGoesSwiss. Join us at tonight’s Phillips after 5 to participate in a community collection project!

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Elizabeth,a visitor from Takoma Park, is also an avid reader and book collector

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Davita and Shannon collect books because “they hold the world’s wisdom”

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Hannah collects “all kinds, all sizes” of books