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He talks of “invigorating the internal capacity to come up with genuine curatorial content that’s based on our own scholarship, knowledge and understanding of the collection.”

Our director Max Hollein talks to the San Francisco Chronicle about his goals for the future and offers a sneak peek at exhibitions to come.

Max Hollein’s Ideas May Elevate SF Museums’ Role in Art World | San Francisco Chronicle

There are some inquisitive Le Nain-imals hiding throughout 'The Brothers Le Nain'. Have you spotted them all yet?


Detail from 'The Peasant Family' | Le Nain | ca. 1642
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In the spirit of ‘Read My Pins,’ we want to see how you wear your pins to tell a story. Show us and tag #WinMyPins on Twitter or Instagram for a chance to win this set of exclusive enamel pins, a signed catalogue, and a pair of tickets to see the exhibition.

Contest details here: leg.hn/mHuoS

Pins produced by our friends at PSA Press.
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Attributing different techniques to each of the Le Nain brothers has been a strong focus in our current exhibition. While this mystery continues to persist, there are some clues we can use to decipher the hand of each artwork.

GIVEAWAY: Based on the following statements, who do you think painted the work below? Comment below for the chance to win a pair of tickets to the exhibition.

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Mummy Monday: An exquisitely decorated sarcophagus has been discovered in Luxor, and archaeologists are using its rich array of hieroglyphics to decipher the permanent resident contained inside, via Hyperallergic.

See two mummies and their sarcophagi from our own collection in 'The Future of the Past: Mummies and Medicine.'


Archaeologists Find 2,800-Year-Old Sarcophagus of an Ancient Court Advisor | Hyperallergic

Happy Thanksgiving! We hope your day is filled with food, thanks and very merry company.

'The Merry Company' | Dirk Hals | 1626
Mummy Monday: Headed for the afterlife? Don’t forget your good luck charms. Amulets were placed among a mummy’s bandages to ensure a productive afterlife.

Visiting our Ancient Egyptian mummies this week? Don't forget that we'll be closed on Thursday for Thanksgiving. For a full list of open hours during the holidays, visit: legionofhonor.famsf.org/legion/visiting
"She became known for silently communicating through her pins, from a serpent pin in response to Saddam Hussein’s calling her as much, to 'bug' pins after a Russian spy was caught listening in to the State Department."

Now open, the show that draws on the subtle and not-so-subtle sartorial choices of former Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright, via Women's Wear Daily.

Madeleine Albright Calls Out Media, Tech After Divisive Election Cycle

"... no one could stand up and say, ‘Yes, I’ve had a Florentine trecento triptych under water for two hours—I know what to do.’”

Conservators and museum professionals reflect on the flood that threatened to destroy Florence's cultural history 50 years ago, via The Art Newspaper.

50th Anniversary of the Florence Flood: Memories From a Drowned World | The Art Newspaper

Hard-to-reach cleaning spots require a dedicated conservation team and lots of scaffolding.

This majestic bronze by Anna Vaughn Hyatt Huntington is nearly 15 feet tall, making it an ideal landing spot for passing birds. As a result, conservators spent several days cleaning it from head to toe, for the first time since 1995.

'El Cid Campeador' | Anna Vaughn Hyatt Huntington | 1921
Who were the trio of talented brothers with royal connections and a penchant for painting peasant scenes? Find out in 'The Brothers Le Nain' and complement your visit with a free lunchtime lecture this weekend.


'The Entombment of Christ' | Le Nain | ca. 1650s
Looking for a lesson in signature style? Take a tip from Secretary Madeleine Albright, who wore pins as nonverbal cues in the service of diplomacy. Join us this Saturday for a docent lecture on this fascinating collection as we salute our latest exhibition, 'Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection.'


[Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil, See No Evil | Iradj Moini | 2000]...
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Put on your party hats - Claude Monet was born on this day in 1840!

The father of French Impressionism shares his birth month and year with Auguste Rodin, and just as we will with Rodin, we'll be celebrating Monet with a dedicated exhibition this spring.

Find out more here: legionofhonor.org/monet-early-years

'Waves Breaking' | Claude Monet | 1881
Fun fact: The Le Nain brothers (L), have influenced artists for centuries, including French Impressionist, Édouard Manet (R).

It's thought that Manet used a figure from a Le Nain painting as a source for a figure in 'The Old Musician,' and even name-checked the brothers when discussing his art with French journalist and politician, Antonin Proust.


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Revolutionary French sculptor Auguste Rodin was born on this day in 1840, and 2017 marks 100 years since his death.

In honor of this centenary, we'll be celebrating with a special year-long program of rotations, programs and artist interventions. Watch this space for more information!

Today we celebrate the anniversary of our opening, on November 11th 1924, and remember our servicemen and women this Veterans Day.

The museum was dedicated "to honor the dead while serving the living" and we hope you'll join us in marking this day with a series of events including a film screening, organ concert and viewing of the Book of Gold.

More details here: leg.hn/C6Y7T
The Le Nains were famed for their paintings of peasants but things are not what they seem – scholars believe that the subjects were wealthier than the titles of some works suggest.

GIVEAWAY: For the chance to win a pair of tickets to this exhibition, simply comment below, including two details that indicate that the figures in this painting are wealthier than they appear.

'Landscape with...
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Mummy Monday: The unique design on the walls of 'Future of the Past' was created by LA street artist RETNA. This month, his work also appears in the San Francisco Opera's production of Giuseppe Verdi's Aida, the epic tale of an Egyptian love story.

PS. Members can enjoy 30% off select performances - check your October Member Monthly email for details.

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November 11th marks both Veterans Day and also the anniversary of our building, which opened to the public in 1924.

Join us next Friday for a special program of events honoring the sacrifices of our servicemen and women, including an organ concert, film screening and viewing of the Book of Gold, which is displayed each November here at the museum.

Attribution is a key part of 'The Brothers Le Nain' and the identity of each painter has had art historians scratching their heads for more than a hundred years.

Why do you think the brothers, who lived and painted together until their deaths, chose not to sign their first names, referring to themselves only as 'Le Nain'?