MAS­TER­PIECE

The Kreeger Mu­seum marks a mile­stone

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BUILT ON five acres in North­west D.C., the home of phi­lan­thropists David and Car­men Kreeger once hosted lu­mi­nar­ies like Isaac Stern in mu­si­cal gath­er­ings en­hanced by the cou­ple’s col­lec­tion of fine art. To­day, the Philip John­son-de­signed build­ing, with its grace­ful lines and domes, is a mu­seum for the pub­lic high­light­ing the art lovers’ Miros, Monets and Pi­cas­sos, among oth­ers. This month, in cel­e­bra­tion of the struc­ture’s 50th an­niver­sary, “RE-VI­SION” takes a fresh ap­proach to ex­plor­ing John­son’s post­mod­ern show­piece through the eyes (and lens) of six con­tem­po­rary pho­tog­ra­phers.

The Phillips Col­lec­tion Paint­ings “Ge­orge Condo” ex­am­ines the pro­lific painter’s cre­ative process in pro­duc­ing highly imag­i­na­tive works over a 30-year ca­reer.

Na­tional Mu­seum of Women in the Arts Prints “Chro­matic Scale” shows off Polly Apfel­baum’s bright im­pro­vised de­signs in over­sized and wood­block for­mats.

Na­tional Gallery of Art Sculp­tures In the West Build­ing, “Della Rob­bia” il­lus­trates why this Re­nais­sance-era artist’s work is so in­flu­en­tial and collectible, even to­day.

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