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Monet to Matisse: Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Sirak Collection

May 16, 2012 at

When acquired in 1991, The Howard C. and Babette L. Sirak Collection of the Columbus Museum of Art was saluted in ARTnews as one of the finest private collections in the world. CMA celebrates the 20th anniversary of this watershed moment in the Museum’s history with a special exhibition of the entire collection of 78 works by masters such as Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, Pierre-Auguste-Renoir, Paul Cézanne, Paul Klee, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Chaim Soutine, and Henri Matisse among others. The Sirak collection chronicles the groundbreaking developments in European modernism. Its acquisition by the Columbus Museum of Art perfectly complemented the Museum’s existing Howald collection of American modernist art.

The Columbus Museum of Art joins the City of Columbus in celebrating our great city’s Bicentennial with programs and exhibitions throughout 2011 and 2012.  Monet to Matisse commemorates the Columbus Bicentennial by recognizing the importance of Columbus collectors and their impact on the Museum.

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