An Artist's Perspective | Barbara Ernst Prey

February 24, 2015 6:31 PM

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While a graduate student at Harvard University I spent much of my time in the Fogg Art Museum, either visiting the collection or attending art history courses. I recently returned to visit the newly renovated Renzo Piano building which not only combines the renowned collections of three museums, but also offers considerable public and student access to behind-the-scenes facets of the art world like conservation, scholarship and research. The thoughtfully designed new structure, which opened to the public last November, houses an extensive Art Study Center, new special exhibition spaces and university galleries curated to reflect the ideas examined by the University community and to highlight the diversity of the collections across time periods, locations and media.

The new building combines the exceptional strength of collections from the Fogg Museum (known for it's American and European collections), the Busch-Reisinger Museum (which is uniquely committed to central and northern European art from the late medieval period to the present), and the Arthur M. Sac...

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