MEDIA ADVISORY: Timken Museum of Art to Showcase World-Class RARE Vermeer Painting at VIP Reception

MEDIA ADVISORY: Timken Museum of Art to Showcase World-Class RARE Vermeer Painting at VIP Reception
May, 2015 Client News
WHAT: The Timken Museum of Art, which celebrates it’s 50th anniversary in 2015, will exhibit one of only 36 known paintings by world-class master artists Johannes Vermeer from May 14 through Sept. 11, 2015. The exhibition, “The Private World of Vermeer,” showcases his masterpiece, “Woman in Blue Reading a Letter.”

The exhibit, which is free and open to the public, officially opens May 14. The invitation-only reception is a preview of the exhibit to community VIPs and museum supporters.

“Woman in Blue Reading a Letter” is one of Vermeer’s most captivating portrayals of a young woman’s private world. The generous loan from the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam marks the first appearance of this remarkable painting in San Diego. The special installation allows visitors to have an intimate experience with “Woman in Blue Reading a Letter” and highlights one of the most celebrated painters of the Dutch Golden Age.

INTERVIEWS & VISUALS:

  • David Bull, visiting director, Timken Museum of Art, will be at the opening reception and will make brief remarks of exhibition.
  • “Woman in Blue Reading a Letter” is one of Vermeer’s most captivating portrayals of a young woman’s private world.
  • Additionally, we will have a spokesperson available who is fluent in Spanish.

WHERE: Timken Museum of Art, 1500 El Prado Balboa Park San Diego, Calif. 92101 NEAR THE LILY POND AND PLAZA DE PANAMA.

EXPECTED ATTENDANCE: 150-200

WHEN: Wednesday, May 13, 2015. 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

BEST TIME TO COVER: Between 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

WHY: The four-month exhibition and events are designed to give guests an enhanced understanding of the Vermeer and other masterpieces in the Timken’s collection.

MORE INFORMATION: Timken Museum of Art Website or call 619-239-5548.

FUN FACTS ABOUT THE TIMKEN MUSEUM OF ART:

  • Only free art museum in Balboa ParkFree docent tours in 6 languages
  • Only Rembrandt painting on public display in San Diego Museum architecture is considered one of the most notable examples of mid-century modernism – designed by architect Frank L. Hope
  • The lighting designed by the pioneer lighting designer Richard Kelly – you view the paintings in natural light as they were when painted
  • Only museum you can be inside the building and look out into the park 50th Anniversary of the Timken, founded in 1965
  • Small scale museum – intimate can view entire collection in 30 to 40 minutes
  • Offer wide range of programs designed for everyone from novices to scholars
  • 26 educational programs take place in the museum and in the community