The estate of art collector Olga Hirshhorn (the widow of Joseph H. Hirshhorn, who founded the eponymous museum in Washington, D.C.) announced today that it will give 400 works from her personal collection to Artis—Naples, a Naples, Florida cultural organization. The collection, which had been kept in her home in the area, includes a checklist of prominent 20th-century artists, and will be on display at the city’s Baker Museum, which is part of Artis—Naples, through its 2016–17 season, which begins September 6.
Many works in the collection were give to Olga by the artists, who were often personal friends. Included in this category is Jacqueline Picasso dress designed for Olga, several ceramic works by the other Picasso, a Willem de Kooning pastel and an oil on paper, as well as works by Man Ray, Abraham Walkowitz watercolors, and an Alberto Giacometti bronze. Correspondence and photographs of Olga with several of these artists will also be displayed beside the work, helping to further tell the story of this iconoclastic collector and her impressive collection.
Over the course of their 50-year association with Naples, the Hirshhorns were among a small group of people who helped establish, according to a press release, the “nascent beach hamlet…into a thriving and vibrant Florida west coast community.”