On the 5th floor, the “Gems of the Museum” suite houses a reproduction of Henri Matisse’s Femme au chapeau (pictured, 1905) – a painting “at the core of the controversy that led to the first modern art movement of the 20th century.” Jackson Pollack’s large-scale Guardians of the Secret (1943), one of the abstract-expressionist’s most famous works, graces an opposing wall. If your art-heart has a hankering for the City by the Bay, check into the 6th floor “Art of California” suite, featuring the works of native San Franciscoans Richard Diebenkorn (b. 1922), Anne Bremer (b. 1868), and Wayne Thiebaud (b. 1920) from hallway to headboard.
While the SFMOMA was the first museum on the West Coast devoted exclusively to modern and contemporary art, on January 2nd The Bechtler Museum celebrated its ribbon-cutting in Charlotte, North Carolina as the only museum dedicated to 20th century modern art in the southeastern U.S.
Designed by renowned Swiss architect Mario Botta, the terra cotta-tiled, 36,000-square-foot building houses pieces accrued from Swiss founder Andreas Bechtler’s 1,400+ private collection. The opening marks the first time many of the pieces, created by major players of the modernism movement, have been displayed publicly in the U.S.
Starting at $1,995, the SFMOMA Anniversary package includes a single night’s stay in either of the suites, two passes to the SFMOMA ($15 each) and a hardcover copy of the museum’s 448-page anniversary catalogue. Stop by the SFMOMA in person January 16 – 18 for the museum’s free anniversary celebration featuring gallery talks and other special events. To book a suite, call 415.284.4070 or visit www.stregissanfrancisco.com.