legion of honor
While the Musée du Louvre’s decorative arts wing is being made over, its treasures of the French monarchy are displaced. And, perhaps typical of things destined disappear from their hometown, they have turned up in San Francisco – specifically The Legion of Honor. The museum has struck up an accord with the Paris institution to host this and several more exchanges over the next five years. So art lovers and Francophiles, rejoice.
Last week, big news in the art world hit San Francisco. The Fine Arts Museums announced an exclusive agreement between the de Young/Legion of Honor and the Louvre. Over the next five years, the world's most famous museum will collaborate with FAMSF on a series of exhibitions and exchanges, including plans to share significant works of art—which means that San Francisco will have unprecedented access to some of the iconic works usually kept on lockdown in Paris.
"I only want one picture," said FAMSF board president Dede Wilsey. "And that's the Mona Lisa."
San Francisco may be one of the only cities where "Victorian" is not a dirty word.
Fashion and art collide in Pulp Fashion: The Art of Isabelle de Borchgrave, opening this weekend at the Legion of Honor and on view through June 5. The first major U.S. exhibition of the Belgian artist’s stunning paper gowns, historic costumes and couture looks inspired by the work of fashion icons such as Coco Chanel and Christian Dior features over 60 tromp l’oeil creations constructed entirely of paper crumpled, pleated, braided, painted and otherwise manipulated to mimic textiles and wearable accessory objects.
If you're not island hopping this weekend at the TI Music Fest, add high art to your agenda and take advantage of this great deal: $5 admission this Saturday, 10/16, to both the de Young and the Legion of Honor in celebration of two important anniversaries for the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.
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As cliché as it sounds, Marilyn Monroe really had it right when she sang “Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend” in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. I never fancied myself the extravagant type … until I walked through "Cartier and America" at the Legion of Honor. Awestruck and enamored by hall upon hall of sparkling jewels, I found myself dreaming of getting my hands on some of these exquisite pieces, if only to try them on for a few very special seconds. Beyond aspirational, this show features pieces that only a few elite will ever have the privilege of knowing.
What better antidote to a cold, gray winter’s eve than some shimmering, hot gemstones?
Fine jewelry fans are abuzz over the soon-to-open Cartier and America exhibition at the Fine Arts Museums’ Legion of Honor.
The exhibition will feature more than 300 pieces of Cartier jewelry and precious objets culled from collections the world over. Including jewels and the engagement ring belonging to the late Princess Grace of Monaco which is on loan from her son, H.S.H. Prince Albert II.
Following are a few photos featuring the show’s eye-popping gems -- and the stylish folks who made the jewelry house famous.
Between Twilight and True Blood, pop culture's postmortem creature du jour is the vampire. But what about mummies, those lovable cloth-wrapped corpses from times more ancient than vampires? From a historical and archaeological perspective, mummies are much cooler than vampires, so spend your Halloween at the Legion of Honor's Very Postmortem: Mummies and Medicine opening this Saturday, Halloween. More science than myth, the exhibit uses scientific and medical studies of Egyptian mummies as a window into ancient Egyptian society.