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Kreeger Museum offers visitors thrilling and rare experience with their numerous 19th and 20th modernist masterpieces featured in a tranquil residential setting. With works from internationally recognized artists such as Monet, Picasso, Renoir, Chagall, Miro, Boudin, Epstein, Rodin, Stella and van Gogh and other prominent Washington artists. Located in Washington, D.C., it was first opened in 1994 as a private museum.

Designed by renowned architect Philip Johnson in 1967, mostly made from aluminum coated accent walls, teak and glass fills in its rear walls to provide neutral background on the paintings and sculptures. It was once the home of David and Carmen Kreeger, where the couple gathers a formidable amount of modern art in 1959 and for fifteen years, they collected most of the museums possessions. The collection along with the couple?s individual taste adds an appealing degree of intimacy to the experience.

The collections highlighted are mainly works from the 1850s to the present. What once served as the dining room holds most Impressionist paintings by Claude Monet. Picasso?s paintings which dominate the downstairs landing area are being presented chronologically, from his early works to the end of his life.

In adjoining rooms, docents lead visitors through more paintings of 20th century artists and into a gallery of African art where mystical masks and figural sculptures are being displayed. The next room is reserved for contemporary artists, mostly from the Washington Color School, a group of abstract painters which became popular in the late ?60s. The last stop of the tour is on a sculpture terrace, where art created by Henry Moore and Aristide Maillol are displayed. The terrace also offers the visitors a view of the five-acre wooded lot. Social events with music as the lead feature are presented twice every year and a lecture on renowned artists is another regular event, led by the museum?s education director.

Kreeger Museum is open on Tuesdays to Fridays in which a reservation is required and on Saturdays, the museum is open from 10AM to 4PM with no reservations needed. The museum is closed during the month of August and will reopen after Labor Day.
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