April 1, 2013

The Lunder: A gift that will keep on giving

By Bob Keyes bkeyes@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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Among the hundreds of pieces in the Lunder collection, “Girl in a Hammock,” 1873 oil on canvas by Winslow Homer.

Courtesy of Colby College Museum of Art

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The Lunder collection includes “Typewriter Eraser” by Claes Oldenburg, 1977.

Courtesy of Colby Colby College Museum of Art

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The pavilion itself is a work of art. It was designed by Frederick Fisher of Los Angeles, who has done previous work at the Colby museum. In contrast to the traditional buildings of the college quad, the pavilion stands as a glass prism that reflects both the natural surroundings of the Mayflower Hill campus and the red-brick Georgian-style architecture of nearby buildings.

From the outside, the glass structure reveals a three-story wall drawing by Sol LeWitt and serves as a handsome backdrop for Richard Serra's "4-5-6" outdoor sculpture.

The pavilion gives the museum four new galleries with about 9,500 square feet of additional exhibition space. That brings Colby's total exhibition space to 38,000 square feet, or about 10,000 more than the Portland Museum of Art.

Final decisions about the work that will be shown when the pavilion opens in July are still being tweaked. But last week's tour offered enough insight to draw a few conclusions.

First and foremost: We as residents are fortunate for the generosity of Peter and Paula Lunder. They are not provincial folks. They are worldly in taste and vision, and could have given this collection to any museum. And to be sure, any museum would have taken it.

That they gave it to Colby speaks directly to their commitment to Maine and to the people of Maine. The Colby museum is free and open to the public. There are no barriers between you and the art.

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A view of the Alfond-Lunder Familiy Pavilion.

Construction photograph courtesy of Gary Green

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Among the hundreds of pieces in the Lunder collection, “Birch and Pine Trees – Pink,” 1925 oil on canvas by Georgia O’Keeffe.

Courtesy of Colby College Museum of Art

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Duane Hanson’s “Old Man Playing Solitaire,” 1973.

Courtesy of Colby College Museum of Art

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