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Philadelphia Museum of Art  The Philadelphia Museum of Art is the cultural heart of a great city—the place for creative play, with a surprise around every corner. #philamuseum

Can we all take a moment to appreciate this beautiful #spring day? #philamuseum #repost 📷: @mattgolden36

Happy birthday to #HenriRousseau born #onthisday in 1844. Though he never left France or visited a jungle in person, #Rousseau is known for his paintings depicting jungle scenes. He drew inspiration from botanical gardens in #Paris to create his tropical pictures, and described his visits to the glass houses as “enter[ing] into a dream.”

“The Merry Jesters,” 1906, by Henri Rousseau

Certain individuals have proven so inspirational to artists that they can be found in multiple works over the artist’s career. Muses have included family members, friends, fellow artists, politicians, and even celebrities. Here are a few notable pairings from the @philamuseum collection.

August #Rodin (artist) and #CamilleClaudel (muse). #ToulouseLautrec (artist) and Jane Avril (muse). Barbara Chase-Riboud (artist) and #MalcolmX (muse). Andy #Warhol (artist) and #MarilynMonroe (muse). Alfred #Stieglitz (artist) and #GeorgiaOKeeffe (muse).

Did you know that one of our period rooms comes from a building in Paris that was frequented in the mid-1800s by writers and artists Théophile Gautier, Alexandre Dumas, Gérard de Nerval, Victor Hugo, Honoré de Balzac, Charles Baudelaire, and Eugène Delacroix? They were part of the “Club des Hachichins,” a group that met regularly at the Hôtel de Lauzun to indulge in the psychological and intellectual effects of cannabis (“hashish”), which had been recently popularized in Europe. These gatherings became the basis and inspiration of essays, poems, and books by the participants. Visit gallery 259 to learn more about our room from the Hôtel de Lauzun.

This monumental nude symbolizes war—specifically, the Spanish Civil War. Siqueiros traveled to Spain in 1937 to fight the fascists, and painted this angry picture after returning to Mexico in 1939. See this work in our "Mexican Modernism" installation.

“War," 1939, by David Alfaro Siqueiros © Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / SOMAAP, Mexico City

What appear to be stars are actually the remains of dust on expired photographic printing paper. The title references Isaac Newton’s 1687 text on the laws of motion, Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica. See how artists stop, extend, and rearrange time for their own creative ends in "Experiments in Motion: Photographs from the Collection."

“Principia #141," 1999, by Alison Rossiter

Don’t miss the band that reps Philly in the funkiest way possible, @swifttechnique, at this month’s Final Friday: Hack the Museum. They’ll take the stage in the Great Stair Hall after we announce the winners of this year’s Hackathon. Included with @philamuseum admission. #PhilaFriday #HacktheMuseum

Video courtesy of Swift Technique.

Now open: A suite of newly gifted paintings by American master #AgnesMartin is now on view for the very first time @philamuseum in “Agnes Martin: The Untroubled Mind/Works from the Daniel W. Dietrich II Collection.” Alongside works on paper and ephemera, this installation focuses on Martin’s connection to #Philadelphia and the collector Daniel W. Dietrich.

“Untitled #6”, 1985, by Agnes Martin © 2018 Estate of Agnes Martin / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

In honor of the #RoyalWedding, we'd like to take this moment to remind everyone that the original American princess was none other than #Philadelphia-born Hollywood actress #GraceKelly. Married to Prince Rainier of Monaco in 1956, Kelly’s wedding dress, bridesmaid dresses, and flower girl dresses were donated to @philamuseum by Kelly following her wedding.

“Sketch of Grace Kelly's Wedding Dress," 1956, by Helen Rose

Some artwork is best enjoyed outside, like the monumental “The Burghers of Calais,” which is installed in the #RodinMuseum’s garden so visitors can study it from different angles and through the changing seasons.

“The Burghers of Calais,” modeled in clay 1884–95 by Auguste Rodin; cast in bronze 1919–21 by Alexis Rudier

“A painting is beautiful for its felicitous harmony of colors just as music is beautiful for its harmony of tunes. Nothing more or less should be sought.” —Arthur Carles #ModernTimes "Abstract of Flowers," c. 1922, by Arthur B. Carles

Join us as we celebrate #InternationalMuseumDay with FREE admission all day. Help raise awareness about the ways that museums enrich our lives and our world.

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