03 Oct

A Visit to the de Young Museum

I wrote briefly about Ruth Asawa’s work because it is so arresting and inspiring, but there were many other amazing works I saw on my visit to the de Young Museum. I went up to the ninth floor of the look out tower to check out the 360 degree view of San Francisco, and from there made my way through the many galleries showcasing the permanent collection.

A visit to the de Young Museum

The de Young is a fine arts museum with objects from a wide variety of cultures. What I’m sharing here are some of the pieces I found the most interesting. It’ll give you an idea of how varied the collection actually is.

A visit to the de Young Museum
Intricate rattan sculpture by Honda Syoryu.

A visit to the de Young Museum
Blown glass sculpture by William Morris.

A visit to the de Young Museum
Cast glass portrait by Nicholas Africano

A visit to the de Young Museum
Maker unknown but this is from their collection of New Guinea art.

A visit to the de Young Museum
Maker unknown, from the collection of the Americas.

A visit to the de Young Museum
The Blue Veil by Edmund Charles Tarbell.

A visit to the de Young Museum
A visit to the de Young Museum
Installation by Cornelia Parker.

On the outside of the museum there is a small sculpture garden with a site specific work by James Turrell, called Three Gems. I remember it well from my previous visit because entering into feels like stepping into another world, but with a clear view of a familiar sky.

A visit to the de Young Museum-3

A visit to the de Young Museum

I count the de Young amongst the favourite museums I’ve visited around the world, because it never fails to inspire me.

© Rachael Ashe