By Walter Sanders
So how, you might ask, did the Michener Art Museum in Doylestown, PA manage to snag “Offering of the Angels,”one of the most prestigious exhibitions of the new millennium?
The triumph involves the Association of Museums Conference, an empty bus seat, and a fortuitous question.
Bruce Katsiff, the Director/CEO of the Michener related at the media launch event, at the Italian Consulate in Philadelphia, how a chance meeting with a representative of Florence, Italy-based Contemporanea Progetti led to this exciting exhibit coming to Bucks County.
“There was one empty seat left on a bus going to a special event at the Getty Museum in LA three years ago,” said Katsiff. “I introduced myself to the woman next to me and we talked a little. I eventually learned that she was seeking four U.S. museums to host a spectacular exhibition of Italian art from the Uffizi in Florence. She told me that she had already booked three of the museums.”
“Does the exhibit include a Botticelli?” Katsiff asked.
“Yes,” she replied.
Katsiff jumped at the opportunity and the brilliant result is the Michener hosting the exhibit which will run from April 21 through August 10, 2012. This will be the only venue in the northeastern United States. (Look for a future post about the works in the exhibit after SimpleItaly attends the preview.)
Renaissance Italian art lovers, rejoice! An incredible exhibit and value priced at $15 per ticket which includes the exhibit, an audio tour and parking.
Thanks I will pass this on to my students.
Thanks for sharing this news! I’m excited that we’ll have this opportunity so close to home. I can’t tell you how much I’m looking forward to the exhibit. Jen
Daniel and Fanny says
Buongiorno Simple Italy,
This is a very nice story, thanks for sharing it. Botticelli, like Leonardo and Michelangelo, must have lived in very exciting times when art was reborn and scientific knowledge became a discipline. Good job! Saluti, Daniel.
I agree, Daniel, that the Renaissance is an era that fires the imagination. Also, thanks for signing in with the Siena News link. I’m going to bookmark that!