Among the largest and oldest art museums in the US, the Philadelphia Museum of Art is a pilgrimage site for modern and contemporary art professionals and enthusiasts from all over the world, due in part to its extensive holdings of the work of Marcel Duchamp, as well as its Constantin Brancusi sculptures. Through innovative exhibitions and programs, the museum has stayed true to its roots as a teaching institution and to the belief that the arts can positively transform society.
For the first time in 40 years, the Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA) will reinstall and reinterpret its eight galleries of South Asian art, which include nearly 3,000 works spanning over 2,500 years. Responding to extensive visitor feedback, the re-installed galleries will be redesigned to be more thematic, immersive, and flexible. This new interpretation will offer visitors opportunities to engage with the works in a variety of ways, and to bring their own present-day experiences and emotions to their understanding of the objects. Project team members will also work with fellow museum curators on integrating contemporary artworks into the galleries. The PMA will use this project as a potential model for future reinstallations of the museum's other collection galleries.
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