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Sitting atop some very famous steps, the Philadelphia Museum of Art is among the largest museums in the United States, with a collection of more than 227,000 works of art and more than 200 galleries presenting painting, sculpture, works on paper, photography, decorative arts, textiles, and architectural settings from Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the United States.

Our facilities include our landmark Main Building on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the Perelman Building, located nearby on Pennsylvania Avenue, the Rodin Museum on the 2200 block of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, and two 18th-century houses in Fairmount Park, Mount Pleasant and Cedar Grove. We welcome you to enjoy a variety of activities for public audiences, including special exhibitions, programs for children and families, lectures, concerts and films.
Happy birthday, Dorothea Tanning (1910–2012). Do you remember our 2000 exhibition Dorothea Tanning: Birthday and Beyond? Learn more about the exhibition.At the time Tanning painted “Birthday,” she was living in New York City and working as a freelance illustrator for Manhattan department stores. While scouting works for Peggy Guggenheim, the Surrealist émigré artist Max Ernst encountered the painting at Tanning’s Greenwich Village studio and suggested its title, “Birthday.” Captivated by the artist as much as her painting, Ernst later married her in a double wedding with Man Ray and Juliet Browner in Beverly Hills, followed by a reception at the home of art collectors (and later Museum benefactors) Louise and Walter Arensberg.Birthday, 1942, Dorothea Tanning © Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn.

Happy birthday, Dorothea Tanning (1910–2012). Do you remember our 2000 exhibition Dorothea Tanning: Birthday and BeyondLearn more about the exhibition.

At the time Tanning painted “Birthday,” she was living in New York City and working as a freelance illustrator for Manhattan department stores. While scouting works for Peggy Guggenheim, the Surrealist émigré artist Max Ernst encountered the painting at Tanning’s Greenwich Village studio and suggested its title, “Birthday.” Captivated by the artist as much as her painting, Ernst later married her in a double wedding with Man Ray and Juliet Browner in Beverly Hills, followed by a reception at the home of art collectors (and later Museum benefactors) Louise and Walter Arensberg.

Birthday, 1942, Dorothea Tanning © Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn.


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