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A Modern Vision: European Masterworks from The Phillips Collection

A Modern Vision presents a selection of the most iconic European paintings and sculptures from The Phillips Collection. Ranging from the early 19th century through the mid-20th century, the incomparable collection of “modern art and its sources,” as Duncan Phillips characterized it, includes distinctive Impressionist, Post-Impressionist and Expressionist masterworks. Viewers will encounter paintings from the first half of the 19th century by Courbet, Corot, Daumier, and Ingres in dialogue with Impressionist and Post-Impressionist masterpieces by Cézanne, Degas, Van Gogh, Monet, and Sisley. Central to the exhibition are works by Bonnard, de Staël, Kandinsky, Matisse, and Picasso, artists who shaped the look of the 20th century. Many of these works have not traveled together in more than 20 years. A Modern Vision, in the words of Duncan Phillips, gathers “congenial spirits among the artists from different parts of the world and from different periods of time,” demonstrating “that art is a universal language.”


October 8, 2022–Janaury 22, 2023
North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, North Carolina
A Modern Vision: European Masterworks from The Phillips Collection

May 14–August 13, 2017
Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, Texas
A Modern Vision: European Masterworks from The Phillips Collection

October 17, 2018–February 3, 2019
Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum, Tokyo
The Phillips Collection: A Modern Vision

APRIL 6–JULY 14, 2019
High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia
European Masterworks: The Phillips Collection

NOVEMBER 15, 2019–MARCH 22, 2020
Milwaukee Art Museum, Wisconsin
A Modern Vision: European Masterworks from The Phillips Collection

American Mosaic: Picturing Modern Art through the Eye of Duncan Phillips

This exhibition presents a thematic journey that reveals the breadth of America’s modernist vision, beginning with the great American art heroes of the late 19th century, whose work set the course for modern art in the United States, and concluding with the Abstract Expressionists, whose new visual language turned American art into a global force. Included are 65 works created between the 1860s and 1960s by artists such as Milton Avery, Alexander Calder, Richard Diebenkorn, Thomas Eakins, Helen Frankenthaler, Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper, and Georgia O’Keeffe.


November 12, 2023–March 3, 2024
Denver Art Museum, Colorado
All Stars: American Artists from The Phillips Collection

August 6December 4, 2016
Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, California
American Mosaic: Picturing Modern Art through the Eye of Duncan Phillips

February 25May 21, 2017
Brandywine River Museum of Art, Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania
From Homer to Hopper: Experiment and Ingenuity in American Art

June 17, 2017-October 3, 2017
Museum Barberini, Potsdam
From Hopper to Rothko: America’s Road to Modern Art

February 9-May 19, 2019
Taft Museum of Art, Cincinnati, Ohio
From Winslow Homer to Georgia O’Keeffe: American Paintings from The Phillips Collection

February 1-May 31, 2020
Vero Beach Museum of Art, Florida
From Homer to Hopper: American Art from The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC

Conversations: Impressionist and Modern Masterworks from The Phillips Collection

Conversations presents 89 iconic paintings and sculptures arranged thematically from the early 19th century through the present day as a series of intimate and striking visual conversations. Rooted in museum founder Duncan Phillips’s belief in bringing together “congenial spirits among the artists from different parts of the world and from different periods of time,” Conversations demonstrates his conviction that art is a universal language and advances one of the Phillips’s primary institutional goals—to foster a global conversation and enliven exchange among people of all backgrounds through the language of modern and contemporary art. 


Tour in Asia 

JULY 2–OCTOBER 22, 2014
Daejeon Museum of Art, Korea

NOVEMBER 25, 2014–MARCH 12, 2015
Seoul Art Center, Korea

Tour in Europe

OCTOBER 15, 2015–FEBRUARY 14, 2016
Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome, Italy

MARCH 11–JUNE 19, 2016
Fundación “la Caixa,” Barcelona, Spain

JULY 16–OCTOBER 23, 2016
Fundación “la Caixa,” Madrid, Spain

To See as Artists See: American Art from The Phillips Collection

The first international exhibition organized by The Phillips Collection to feature an overview of the museum’s renowned American collection, To See as Artists See showcases more than 100 works by 75 artists, including outstanding paintings by Milton Avery, Stuart Davis, Richard Diebenkorn, Arthur Dove, Adolph Gottlieb, Philip Guston, Winslow Homer, George Inness, Jacob Lawrence, John Marin, Robert Motherwell, Georgia O’Keeffe, Maurice Prendergast, John Sloan, and many others. Since its opening in 1921, the Phillips has been an active champion of American art, singling out artists who followed their own vision independent of fashionable styles and schools. Its collection of American masterworks celebrates the very best of American art from the late 19th through the 20th centuries.


Museo d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto, Italy

OCTOBER 5, 2010–JANUARY 16, 2011
Fundación MAPFRE, Madrid, Spain

National Art Center Tokyo, Japan

FEBRUARY 2–MAY 6, 2012
Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, Tennessee

OCTOBER 6, 2012–JANUARY 6, 2013
Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas 

Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, Florida

The Artist Sees Differently: Modern Still Lifes from The Phillips Collection

This exhibition of 38 paintings from The Phillips Collection, offers an analysis of the modernist still life, including rarely seen works by European and American masters such as Paul Cézanne, Georges Braque, Pablo Picasso, Marsden Hartley, Milton Avery, and Georgia O’Keeffe. In their quest to create a new art suited to new times, many late 19th- and early 20th-century artists rejected the official hierarchies of the French Academy, which privileged epic narratives of history, mythology, and religion, and chose instead to paint still lifes—depictions of the humble objects of daily life. Moving into the 20th century, avant-garde painters continued to rethink and disrupt their relationship to the past as they attempted to create work relevant in a world transformed by technology, new media, and, ultimately, two world wars. Spanning the first six decades of the 20th century, the exhibition provides a focused lens to examine a period in which artists explored aesthetic strategies that responded to a rapidly changing world.

JANUARY 23-APRIL 29, 2018
Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton, New Jersey
The Artist Sees Differently: Modern Still Lifes from The Phillips Collection