First opened to the public in 1921, The Phillips Collection is home to an exemplary collection of more than 4,000 works, displayed in an intimate setting. Ranging from masterpieces of French impressionism and American modernism to contemporary art, the museum holds paintings by Renoir, Rothko, Bonnard, O'Keeffe, van Gogh, and Diebenkorn among a rich selection of impressionist and modern works.
The Phillips holds the world's largest, most significant collection of works by Arthur Dove and the largest American collection of works by Pierre Bonnard. The permanent collection has grown to include more than 1,000 photographs, many by American photographers Berenice Abbott, Esther Bubley, and Bruce Davidson, as well as works by contemporary artists such as Anselm Kiefer, Wolfgang Laib, Whitfield Lovell, and Leo Villareal.
The collection of modern and contemporary art is one aspect of the museum, which also offers programs and events as part of an atmosphere of creative collaboration, innovation, engagement with the world, scholarship, and new forms of public participation.
A selection of photographs, exhibition announcements, Christmas cards, letters, journals that reveal The Phillips Collection experiment