The first volume in more than 20 years tells a new and modern story of the U.S. State Department’s Diplomatic Reception Rooms, one of the top collections of American fine and decorative arts in existence.
The art of United States diplomacy has been conducted over more than two centuries with figures from all over the world, in peacetime and in conflict. For the last six decades, these negotiations have taken place in the rarified environment of the Diplomatic Reception Rooms at the U.S. Department of State. Tucked inside the modern Truman Building in the center of Washington, D.C., lies this special suite of rooms transformed by four renowned architects—gems of classical architecture brimming with exceptional American art and artifacts that tell the story of the nation’s founding and represent the singular ideals of the American character.
Housing one of the finest collections in the world, along with the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Winterthur, these rooms display more than 5,000 objects, including paintings by John Singleton Copley and Gilbert Stuart; silver and porcelain owned by George Washington and other presidents; fine furniture; maps and documents; prints and drawings, not to mention the very desk the Treaty of Paris that ended the Revolutionary War was signed on.
With all-new photography and essays, this book captures the history of the rooms and explores more than 150 examples of the extraordinary American art that animates the exquisite spaces.
The Picasso Century draws on the renowned collections of the Musee national d'art moderne-Centre de creation industrielle (MNAM-CCI), Centre Pompidou, Paris, and the Musee national Picasso-Paris. It provides a nuanced exploration of Pablo Picasso's life, career and many artistic exchanges, and of the complex cast of characters that influenced his development over more than seventy years. With a lead essay by Didier Ottinger (Deputy Director, MNAM-CCI), biographical texts, entries on artworks, a detailed chronology and more than 280 images, The Picasso Century offers a significant and often thrilling insight into one of the twentieth century's most iconic artists and the rich artistic milieu in which he worked.