The Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMoA) is a renowned art institution that was established in 1876 for the Philadelphia Centennial Exposition. It is home to an extensive collection of art from all over the world and from all eras, including Renaissance, American, East and South Asian, Impressionist and contemporary masterpieces. In 1941, the museum and the University of Pennsylvania Museum reached an agreement that the PMoA would only collect Western, post-Christian and Asian art created after 500 A. D.
The museum is also renowned for its exhibitions, animated programs, and outdoor space. Many of the paintings that the artist did at the beginning of his career are regularly exhibited, such as Nude Descending the Staircase No. 2 (191), The Bride Stripped by Her Bachelors, Even (The Great Glass), and his enigmatic last work, Etant Donnés. The PMoA also manages several annexes, including the Rodin Museum and the Ruth and Raymond G.
The Pennsylvania Museum and School of Industrial Art opened in 1877 in Memorial Hall in Fairmount Park. In 1895, the Philadelphia City Council funded a competition to design a new building for the museum. At the start of the 20th century, other valuable Western art collections followed, such as those by William L. Starting in 1925, director Fiske Kimball (1888-195) oversaw the construction of galleries and the donation and purchase of new collections.
Early modern art dominated the growth of collections in the 1950s, with the acquisitions of Louise and Walter Arensberg and the A. Joseph Widener (1871-194), a Philadelphian who was heir to his father's transportation fortune and had long-standing multigenerational connections to the city and museum, chose to dedicate himself and his collection to the National Gallery of Art in Washington D. C. In 1944, the museum established another lasting relationship by agreeing to manage the Fleisher Monument to the Arts located at Eighth and Catherine Streets.
A popular effort to maintain a painting emerged in Philadelphia after Crystal Bridges Museum in Bentonville, Arkansas offered to buy it. Matta exerted a real influence on these prominent abstract expressionists and by extension on subsequent evolution of twentieth-century art. The Philadelphia Museum of Art is one of America's most important art museums due to its vast collections from around the world and from all periods. It is also renowned for its exhibitions, animated programs, outdoor space, annexes such as Rodin Museum and Ruth and Raymond G., valuable Western art collections from William L., early modern art collections from Louise and Walter Arensberg and A., Fleisher Monument to Arts managed by PMoA since 1944, and its iconic painting preserved in Philadelphia.