Thursday May 02, 2013 | 09:00 AM
Posted by Rob Gould

Henri Matisse (France, 1869–1954), Seated Woman with a Vase of Amaryllis, 1941, oil on canvas, 13 x 16 1/8 inches. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. The William S. Paley Collection. © The Museum of Modern Art, New York. The William S. Paley Collection.

Anyone who has been to a museum has seen the signs, "NO PHOTOGRAPHY." Maybe you've even broken the rules, only to be asked by security to please refrain. Such are the stipulations put on many exhibitions of priceless (and not-so-priceless) art that travel the country, generously on loan from the museums that own them.

I'm happy to report that this will not be the case with The William S. Paley Collection: A Taste for Modernism on view May 2 (today) through September 8, 2013 at the Portland Museum of Art (PMA). Featuring 62 works from the Museum of Modern Art's (MoMA) William S. Paley collection, the exhibition showcases many of the key movements and figures that revolutionized art and culture in the late 19th and 20th centuries. And, YOU CAN TAKE AS MANY PHOTOS AS YOU WANT! The only stipulation is that you not use your flash. In fact, the PMA and MoMA would like to encourage guests to take photos and to share them via social media. Yup, I'm totally serious. I'm not even trying to get anyone arrested. Although, that could be kind of funny. As long as I'm not the one going to jail. Again.

Imagine having your photo snapped while standing next to priceless artwork. I mean, it's almost like hanging out in Bill Paley's living room. Minus Babe and servants, of course. Best of all, you can let everyone know how cultured you are by sharing your photos all over Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Foursquare and anywhere else your heart desires. The PMA would especially like to hear from you. So share your favorites on their Facebook wall or give them a shout (or a tweet) on Twitter @ptldmuseumofart or Instagram @ptldmuseumofart.

PMA Director Mark H.C. Bessire and Bernardo Laniado-Romero, director of the Museum Picasso in Barcelona, Spain in front of Pablo Picasso's Boy Leading a Horse.

Now for a little more info on the exhibition itself. Some of the most important artists of the period, including Edgar Degas, Paul Cézanne, Paul Gauguin, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Joan Miró, Alberto Giacometti and Francis Bacon, are among the 24 artists whose paintings, sculpture, and works on paper are featured. The PMA is the only New England venue for this important exhibition.

William S. Paley (1901-1990), the media titan who built the CBS broadcasting empire, was a passionate collector and a committed philanthopist. He began collecting European art in the 1930s and amassed an incredible collection of modern art. Paley also became a force at MoMA, serving over time as a patron, trustee, president and board chairman from 1937 until his death. In one of his final and greatest acts of philanthropy, he donated his personal collection to MoMA.

We are so fortunate to have this incredible exhibition with us here in Portland through the summer months. The North American tour (2012-2014) for The William S. Paley Collection: A Taste for Modernism includes: de Young Museum, San Francisco (September 15-December 30, 2012); the Portland Museum of Art (May 2-September 8, 2013); the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (October 10, 2013-January 5, 2014); and The Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas (February-April 2014).

The William S. Paley Collection: A Taste for Modernism is organized by Lilian Tone, Assistant Curator, Department of Painting and Sculpture at The Museum of Modern Art. The exhibition at the PMA is curated by Margaret Burgess, the Susan Donnell and Harry Konkel Associate Curator of European Art.

Advance reservations for the exhibition are recommended. There is a $5 special exhibition surcharge added to each adult admission (total cost $17). Admission is free for PMA members.

And don't forget to share your photos. Be social!


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