Kreeger Museum reopens first phase of collections

The Kreeger Museum features "Against the Day," a sculpture collection by Richard Deutsch. (photo by Colin Winterbottom)

The Kreeger Museum will reopen to the public Sept. 19 with the first phase of its reinstalled permanent collection.

This phase includes the museum’s main-floor galleries and focuses on 19th- and early-20th-century works. Objects on view include an early portrait by Edvard Munch, two winter landscapes by Impressionist painter Alfred Sisley, a mature pastoral scene by Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot and a Surrealist landscape by French painter Yves Tanguy, according to a news release. The 2401 Foxhall Road NW museum also features works by Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso and Vincent Van Gogh.

“I am thrilled to share this thoughtful reinstallation of our galleries with visitors,” museum director Helen Chason said in the release. “Reintroduced paintings will present new opportunities for education and research, while key works that have been relocated are literally shown in a new light in our Philip Johnson-designed building.”

The reopening will also mark the unveiling of “Against the Day” by California sculptor Richard Deutsch, which occupies the North Lawn of the museum. “Against the Day” is made up of eight sculptures: five granite “benches” surrounding a central row of three geometric forms in white, red and black granite. According to the release, visitors are encouraged to sit on the benches and physically interact with the sculptures.

“It is how the viewer sees them, their perspective, how they move through the space, and how the relationships change that are the guiding factors to the composition,” Deutsch said in the release. “‘Against the Day’ in its current location at The Kreeger Museum is my best example of that exercise to date.”

The reinstallation’s second phase will open to the public later in the fall, and will focus on the museum’s postwar and contemporary collection. The downstairs galleries are closed as this phase is being completed.

The sculpture garden and museum galleries will be open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.