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San Diego Museum of Art Re-Opens

After more than five months of being closed, The San Diego Museum of Art re-opened to the public on Saturday, September 5

Front of San Diego Museum of Art with updated COVID-19 guidelines
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To thank San Diego first responders and frontline workers, the museum is offering free admission through November 14. To ensure the health and well-being of all visitors, the museum is operating at reduced capacity, and requiring facemasks for all staff and visitors as well as a temperature check upon entry. (For more information on the museum’s safety protocols, please visit sdmart.org/reopening.) 

In terms of artwork, not only will the museum’s exquisite permanent collection once again be on view,  but there are also two new exhibitions, Juan Sánchez Cotán and Cauleen Smith: Mystical Time and Deceptive Light and Rembrandt and Printmaking in the Netherlands. 

The first features two works, a 30-minute video by contemporary artist Cauleen Smith and the 400-year-old painting that inspired it, Still Life with Quince, Cabbage, Melon, and Cucumber by Juan Sánchez Cotán, part of the museum’s permanent collection. The installation also includes five uniquely outfitted chairs created by the artist to provide a distinctive viewing experience. 

Still Life with Quince, Cabbage, Melon, and Cucumber by Juan Sánchez Cotán
Still Life with Quince, Cabbage, Melon, and Cucumber, Juan Sánchez Cotán

The second exhibit, Rembrandt and Printmaking in the Netherlands, features nearly 20 of Rembrandt’s etchings, which, unlike most contemporaries, were not reproductions of the artist’s paintings. They are considered individual masterpieces by one of the greatest innovators in the history of art. Some of the works featured have never before been seen in public, while others have been in storage for two decades, creating a unique opportunity to view these extraordinary works.

Additionally, beginning September 11, Twins will open, an exhibit featuring 18 large-format Polaroid photos by the acclaimed photographer Mary Ellen Mark.

Lakeasha and Takeasha Edwards, Twinsburg, Ohio 2002
Lakeasha and Takeasha Edwards, Twinsburg, Ohio 2002, Photographed by Mary Ellen Mark

“Our inredible staff has been working diligently to provide a safe and comfortable environment for all visitors, and I am thrilled to be able to welcome the community back into the galleries,” says Roxana Velásquez, Maruja Baldwin Executive Director at The San Diego Museum of Art. 619.232.7931, sdmart.org

Image Credits Cotán: Still Life with Quince, Cabbage, Melon, and Cucumber, Juan Sánchez Cotán, Gift of Anne R. and Amy Putnam
Cauleen Smith: Photo by Dustin Aksland
Rembrandt: Christ Driving the Moneychangers from the Temple, 1635. Etching and drypoint. Collection University of San Diego. Gift of Robert and Karen Hoehn

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