Classical 101 Celebrates Columbus Museum’s Sirak Collection Sunday

Above, Columbus Museum of Art curator Dominique Vasseur chats with me about the paintings in the museum’s Sirak Collection and what they have to do with the music you love. Video produced by Eric French and Scott Gowans.

It’s not every day that your local art museum acquires a major modern art collection. But the day the Columbus Museum of Art acquired the Howard C. and Babette L. Sirak Collection was that kind of day.

That day was 20 years ago, in 1991. And today, the Columbus Museum of Art marks the Sirak Collection’s two-decade milestone with the opening of Monet to Matisse: Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Sirak Collection, an eight-month-long exhibition in which all 78 Impressionist, Cubist and Expressionist works in the Sirak Collection will be on display. Join me on Classical 101 this Sunday, Sept. 25, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., for a program of classical music highlighting paintings in the Sirak Collection.

I vividly remember attending, as a young pup, the Columbus Museum of Art’s first exhibition of the Sirak Collection, soon after the museum acquired the artwork from Columbus art collectors Howard and Babette Sirak. I recall treading through a dizzying maze of vivid color and among a Who’s Who of artist’s names: Monet, Renoir, Degas, Matisse, Cézanne, Pisarro, Paul Klee, Gustav Klimt. And I remember marveling that it wasn’t a New York or London or Paris art museum that now owned this stunning collection; it was our very own Columbus Museum of Art.

If you see only one art exhibition this year, see Monet to Matisse: Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Sirak Collection. And be sure to tune in to Classical 101 this Sunday morning at 10 for a special musical celebration of this anniversary exhibition.

Monet to Matisse: Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Sirak Collection runs Sept. 23, 2001 through May 13, 2012 at the Columbus Museum of Art.

 

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