I am officially an empty nester. Daughter #1 left today at 6:00 a.m. Here are a few of the places/things I would like to investigate in the next few weeks. Maybe I will start this weekend while I enjoy (hopefully) beautiful weather.
The Washington D.C. metropolitan area is blessed with wonderful museums and I do try to take advantage of the bounty of offerings on a regular basis. There are several exceptional private museums in our area and I am going to tell you about another one. It is called Glenstone in Potomac, Maryland.
The New York Times declared Maryland’s Glenstone to be “like half the National Gallery in your backyard.”
Glenstone holds the private collection of Mitchell Rales and his wife, Emily, who opened their 150 plus acre estate and museum to the public about eight years ago. The grounds are breathtaking. From the tree lined driveway to the fields of wildflowers and grasses designed by Peter Walker and Partners. The art begins outdoors with enormous, very impressive sculptures by artists including Jeff Koons, Richard Serra and Ellsworth Kelly.
The contemporary building housing the museum was designed by Gwathmey Siegel & Associates Architects. The clean lines and angles, the vast open spaces and huge windows bring the outdoors in and allow for plenty of natural light for the artwork. The museum is now showing the works of contemporary Swiss artists Peter Fischli and the late David Weiss. These two gentlemen were lifelong colleagues who also shared a studio space. It is supposed to be a wonderful exhibit and I can’t wait to see it. The exhibit runs until December 20th.
Surprise, admission is free! Reservations are required and the tours run from 60 to 90 minutes. You can make a reservation online. A limited number of visitors are permitted every hour Wednesday through Saturday. Tours of the outdoor sculptures may be offered again in September.
The museum is going to be expanding. Work has already begun on a second 150,000 square foot building, which will be one of the world’s largest privately owned museums open to the public. The expansion should be completed in 2016.
I can’t wait.
In other museum news, the Frick has just launched a new mobile app. You can now access every work of art in the museum’s permanent collection, searching by artist, genre, or gallery location. It is also connected to the Frick’s database so you can find information about pieces or listen to audio commentary for select works of art which can be used while wandering the museum or in the comfort of your home!
Last but not least, check out The Partisan, a new restaurant in D.C. It is a charcuterie place, a little different, I am dying to try it.