The Phillips Collection

The Phillips Collection

The Phillips Collection House. Courtesy of The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC. Photo: Robert Lautman.

1600 21st Street NW
Washington, D.C., 20009
United States
T +1 202 387 2151

Founded by art collector and philanthropist Duncan Phillips in 1921, The Phillips Collection has been collecting groundbreaking works of modern and contemporary art for 100 years. Duncan Phillips’s former home—and modern additions to it—in Washington’s historic Dupont Circle provide a unique setting for the collection’s nearly 6,000 works. Including paintings by Renoir, Rothko, Bonnard, O’Keeffe, Van Gogh, Diebenkorn, Daumier, and Lawrence, the Phillips boasts one of the world’s most distinguished Impressionist and American Modern art collections. The collection continued to grow with new acquisitions by contemporary artists such as Wolfgang Laib, Simone Leigh, Whitfield Lovell, and Zilia Sánchez. Following Phillips’s unconventional approach to exhibitions, The Phillips Collection galleries are frequently rearranged to facilitate new conversations between artworks and fresh experiences for visitors.

The Phillips’s programs include its globally-renowned Phillips Music series, Phillips after 5 events, Conversations with Artists, the Artists of Conscience Forum, and community partnerships with the University of Maryland—the museum’s nexus for academics, scholarly exchange, and interdisciplinary collaborations—and THEARC—the museum’s Southeast DC campus.

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