The Tampa Museum of Art announces the acquisition of a new collection of Haitian art and a donation of $1,000,000

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André Pierre (Haitian, b. 1914), Erzulie, 1973. Oil on canvas. 37 x 26 inches. Tampa Museum of Art, gift of the Arthur Albrecht Revocable Trust.

“Mr. Albrecht has built a superb collection examining the rich cultural themes, landscapes and communities of the island, and this exhibition will add to the increasingly comprehensive and dynamic exhibits we have available.

The Tampa Museum of Art announced today that it has completed a donation of 88 pieces of Haitian art and a donation of $1 million to support the collection.

The paintings, sculptures, and framed maps, along with the cash donation, were bequeathed to the Tampa Museum of Art by the Arthur R. Albrecht Revocable Trust. Albrecht was a devoted collector of Haitian art and was also active in philanthropy on behalf of the country.

“Florida is home to one of the largest Haitian diaspora communities in the world, and we are thrilled to make this distinctive collection available to our visitors,” said Michael Tomor, Ph.D., executive director of Penny and Jeff Vinik in Tampa. Art Museum. “Mr. Albrecht has built a superb collection examining the rich cultural themes, landscapes and communities of the island, and this exhibition will add to the increasingly comprehensive and dynamic exhibits we have available.

The Albrecht Collection includes works by Haiti’s most prominent painters, including Rigaud Benoit, Wilson Bigaud, Prefete Duffaut, and Philome Obin. The paintings, rarely seen by the public until now, present an overview of the major developments in Haitian painting of the 1960s-80s. Funds from the Albrecht Collection further augment the Tampa Museum of Art’s collection of Haitian art, which includes one of America’s largest museum collections of drapo vodou or Haitian vodou flags.

The $1 million donation that accompanies the collection complements ongoing fundraising efforts as part of the Centennial Campaign for the renovation and expansion of the Museum. The Museum recently completed renovations to the Vinik Family Education Center, expanding the educational space from 1,400 to 8,000 square feet, including four classrooms, a lobby, orientation spaces and a secure entrance. With these improvements in place, the Museum plans to quadruple the number of students it serves each year, and the school visitation program alone can grow from 6,000 to 24,000 students each year.

In 2021, the Museum announced that it was embarking on its $100 million+ Centennial Renovation and Expansion to expand the Museum’s gross area from 69,000 to 125,000 square feet. New galleries are expected to open from November 2022, with the grand opening of the expansion portion of the project expected to take place next year.

The Tampa Museum of Art’s future programming for the Albrecht Collection includes a dedicated exhibition in the spring of 2024. The exhibition will provide a springboard for educational and scholarly opportunities, including collaborations with universities on the West Coast of Florida and Miami. , as well as conferences and symposia with renowned personalities. artists and specialists in Haitian art and the diaspora. A publication featuring today’s greatest Haitian artists and writers will accompany the exhibit and related programming.

About the Tampa Museum of Art

Founded in 1920, the Tampa Museum of Art inspires visitors with engaging exhibits and innovative educational programs that focus on ancient, modern, and contemporary art. The museum houses one of the largest collections of Greek and Roman antiquities in the southeastern United States. As one of the region’s most important museums devoted to the art of our time, the Museum’s permanent collection also includes sculpture, photography, painting, new media, and more.

The museum’s new Vinik Family Education Center offers expanded studio art classes, lectures, and tours throughout the year that allow children, teens, and adults to experience new perspectives and experiences. learn different techniques of artistic creation. Likewise, through unique community partnerships, the Museum delivers outreach programs that provide art therapy-based interventions and meaningful modes of self-expression to vulnerable segments of the population.

Located in the heart of downtown Tampa, the Tampa Museum of Art is both a cultural institution and a community museum dedicated to celebrating the diversity of its hometown. In 2021, as part of its centennial campaign, the Museum undertook an ambitious renovation to increase exhibition space and educational facilities to accommodate growing community partnerships and allow students and adults to experience more hands-on and up-close experiences. The museum will remain open to the public throughout the centennial renovation, with an expected completion date by the end of 2022.

General hours and information

For tickets and information, visit TampaMuseum.org or call (813) 274-8130. Located at 120 W. Gasparilla Plaza. Tampa, FL 33602, the Tampa Museum of Art is open seven days a week, Monday through Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

High resolution images and the full press release are available here.

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