The Last View of a Childhood Imagination

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Gustav Klimt, Birch Forest, 1903. Oil on canvas, 42 1/4 x 42 1/4 in. Paul G. Allen Family Collection

In the Seeing Nature exhibition, the Phillips invites visitors to contribute new, imagined conservation discoveries at our interpretive station, “Seeing Beyond the Frame.” For the month of March, exhibition-goers responded to Birch Forest, painted by Gustav Klimt in 1903.

Perhaps due to the poetic quality of Klimt’s work—the way shapes seem to shift from observed forms to an abstracted tapestry of patterns—or perhaps inspired by the recent poetry reading with Mark Doty and Aimee Nezhukumatathil, poetry abounds in this month’s responses. See more or share your own ideas with #SeeingNature.

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Inspired by the poetry of images in the exhibition, visitors have submitted a wide variety of poetic responses to Klimt’s Birch Forest.

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Perfect Purple Mountains

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Thomas Cole, Ruins in the Campagna di Roma, Morning, 1842. Oil on panel, 14 1/2 x 24 in. Paul G. Allen Family Collection

In the Seeing Nature exhibition, the Phillips invites visitors to contribute new, imagined conservation discoveries at the interpretive station “Seeing Beyond the Frame.” For the month of February, visitors responded to Thomas Cole’s pastoral landscape Ruins in the Campagna di Roma, Morning (1842).

In addition to some of the creative conservation discoveries our visitors imagined, our visitors have been sharing other kinds of wonderfully visual and lyrical responses. As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words! See more or share your own ideas with #SeeingNature.

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Visitors share their lyrical responses to the “Seeing Beyond the Frame” in-gallery interactive.

Works from Bosnia and Herzegovina on the Phillips’s Walls

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Installation view of BiH Voices: In Conversation with The Migration Series. All photos: Laura Hoffman

In October 2015, Phillips educators spent two weeks in Bosnia and Herzegovina facilitating workshops with emerging artists, students, and educators using Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series as a catalyst for conversation about the power of collaboration and storytelling through art (see pictures from their visit in earlier blog posts). Last week, we hosted a reception for the artworks resulting from these workshops, which will be on view through March 13.

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Phillips Director Dorothy Kosinski introduces the exhibition

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Installation view of BiH Voices: In Conversation with The Migration Series

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Deputy Assistant Secretary Hoyt Yee, US Department of State

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Installation view of BiH Voices: In Conversation with The Migration Series

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Minister Counselor (DCM) Adnan Hadrović, Embassy of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Washington, DC

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(Left to right) Minister Counselor (DCM) Adnan Hadrović, Embassy of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Washington, DC; Director Dorothy Kosinski, The Phillips Collection; Deputy Assistant Secretary Hoyt Yee, US Department of State