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National Gallery of Art

National Gallery of Art
With two buildings and a sculpture garden, the National Gallery of Art is a treasure-filled trifecta where each person’s gems will only be uncovered through an immersive day (or more) of cultural exploration. The West Building is a chronological history lesson of Western Art that showcases masters including Leonardo da Vinci, Monet and van Gogh. Continue through time by taking the moving walkway under the 41,000 LED Multiverse light installation to the contemporary East Building. Here, Alexander Calder’s largest mobile hangs from the atrium roof, works from Warhol and Pollack are featured, and Katherine Fritsch’s 15-foot blue rooster sculpture stands proud on the rooftop terrace. Back on the ground, the Sculpture Garden is the perfect place to reflect on the day.
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Friday Jazz at the Sculpture Garden
"You are now listening to the sounds of the Deanna Bogart band, specializing in Blues Fusion ("Blusion")..." Every Friday evening, usually from the end of May to the end of August, the National Gallery of Art offers free outdoor jazz performances throughout the summer from 5:30pm - 8:00pm. Visitors and locals can enjoy listening to a variety of catchy sounds and styles - including salsa, xylophone, percussion, keyboards, Afrofunk, and big-band swing, while having cocktails (go for the sangrias!) and light dinner fare at the Gallery's Pavilion Café and Outdoor Sculpture Garden, surrounded with modern and contemporary sculpture from the likes of Claes Oldenburg, Roy Lichtenstein, Louise Burgeois, and more. Bring your friends and picnic blankets and come early for best seats along the fountain or on the grass. Schedule of performances is featured on the Gallery's website.
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National Gallery of Art - West Building
The National Gallery of Art West Building opened in 1941, and the nucleus of its collection was a gift to the nation from wealthy financier and Secretary of the Treasury Andrew Mellon, whose dream was to construct and house an art collection for the American people. It contains one of the world's most foremost collections of European and American paintings, sculpture, and prints, dating from the 13th century to the present day. Old Masters such as Botticelli, Titian, and Raphael; portraits by Rembrandt and Vermeer; Impressionist paintings of Van Gogh, Cezanne, Monet, and Cassatt, and "Ginevra de'Benci," the only painting by Leonardo da Vinci in the Americas are some of the highlights that await you inside.
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6th & Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20565, USA
+1 202-737-4215
Sun 11am - 6pm
Mon - Sat 10am - 5pm
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