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de Young Museum Launches Official App – Uses Interactive 3D Mapping and Indoor Positioning Technology – iOS Only, for Now

Thursday, October 29th, 2015

I’ll have to dig up my iPod Touch to check this out sometime:

“de Young Museum Launches Official App

App uses Interactive 3D Mapping & Indoor Positioning Technology

SAN FRANCISCO (October 29, 2015) – The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco are pleased to unveil the official de Young Museum app. The de Young collaborated with Guidekick, a local start-up that offers a mobile application platform focused on visitor experiences to create an app that takes advantage of Apple’s indoor positioning technology to improve visitor experience. The de Young is the first museum to take advantage of this new technology.

“We’re thrilled to help pioneer the future for museum experiences at the de Young here in the innovation capital of the world, San Francisco” said Mark Paddon, CEO of Guidekick. “The stunning architecture was the perfect application for our 3D mapping and new indoor location technologies have allowed us to truly reimagine the ideal visitor experience.”

The de Young Museum app serves as a personal tour guide for museum-goers, featuring a 3D map of the building that pinpoints a visitor’s location to ease navigation and way-finding. The app also offers thematic tours of the permanent collection using images and audio from the museum’s curatorial team. This original content is available exclusively through the app.

The app allows a user to select a thematic tour that carefully leads them to a curated selection of works, or to navigate the galleries more freely, as location-aware alerts notify them when they pass by key artworks. The app includes selections from the museum’s collection of art from Africa, Oceania, and the Americas; early American and contemporary American art; and special features on the unique architecture of the building.

Unlike many audio tours the de Young app automatically triggers content without requiring the visitor to take an additional action, such as typing a number or scanning a code. The app has also been carefully designed to help visitors engage with artwork without visual distraction, and to avoid disrupting the experience of other patrons. Users put the phone to their ear to trigger the recording, which then plays privately, mirroring the receiving of a phone call.

The app also offers insights into the visitor experience, helping the de Young to build richer, more tailored experiences for visitors.

“Our museums are determined to take best advantage of the Bay Area’s strong focus on technological innovation,” said Gary Castro, chief information officer of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. “We’ve already begun work on an app for the de Young’s sister museum, the Legion of Honor, and our experience here will help inform the development of all kinds of new digital tools.”

Download the app.

2-Minute Video: The View from Hamon Tower, de Young Museum – One Lap of the 9th Floor on a Dreaded Sunny Day

Monday, March 24th, 2014

Cyclists Favor Illegal Bike Racks at the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park – Legal Racks Unused Sometimes

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

To wit:

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Now I’ll tell you, I tried to park my ride on those sticks in the background but got told that that area needs to be kept clear due to fire regulations or whatnot.

The artistic spiral you see in the foreground is what you’re supposed to use. But as you can see, sometimes people don’t use it at all.

Oh well.

Girl With A Pearl Earring: You’ve Seen the Movie, Now See the Real Thing – Dutch Paintings at the de Young in January!

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

Look, it’s the Girl With A Pearl Earring:

Oh, wait a sec, here she is:

Johannes Vermeer (Delft 1632–1675 Delft) Girl with a Pearl Earring, ca. 1665. Oil on canvas, 17 1/2 x 15 3/8 in. (44.5 x 39 cm) Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis, The Hague, Bequest of Arnoldus des Tombe, 1903 (inv. no. 670)

Well, guess what. They’re going to pack her up and send her to Golden Gate Park to be put on display for the first half of 2013 at our de Young Museum.

This is huge.

All the deets:

Girl with a Pearl Earring: Dutch Paintings from the Mauritshuis – At the de Young Museum January 26—June 2, 2013

San Francisco, October 2012–The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco are pleased to announce that on January 26, 2013, the de Young Museum will be the first North American venue to present Girl with a Pearl Earring: Dutch Paintings from the Mauritshuis, a selection of paintings from the Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis, The Hague. The de Young will host 35 paintings from the collection, including the renowned Girl with a Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer, The Goldfinch by Carel Fabritius, and four works by Rembrandt van Rijn. Highlighting the spectacular artistic achievements of the Dutch Golden Age, these works reflect the culture of artistic, economic, and technological innovation that allowed the Netherlands to prosper in the 17th century.

At the center of this exhibition is one of the world’s most famous paintings, Vermeer’s masterpiece, Girl with a Pearl Earring. This work, sometimes called “the Dutch Mona Lisa,” is one of only 36 known paintings by the artist and rarely travels outside the Netherlands. Though little is known about Vermeer’s life, the quiet grace and virtuoso technique evident in his paintings, and in particular his rendering of light, have placed him among the most important artists of the 17th century. Many of the details of his technique can only be appreciated through close examination of the painting surface, such as the few tiny brushstrokes that indicate the reflection on the pearl, and the broader, more expressive painting of her ultramarine and yellow turban.

Ever more deets, after the jump.


The Best Place to See San Francisco in Golden Gate Park is from Inside the De Young Museum’s Hamon Tower

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

Here’s the Hamon Tower of the de young Museum from the outside….


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…and here it is from the inside:

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Don’t skip The Tower the next time you’re in Golden Gate Park!

And best of all, there’s no charge for access for that part of the building. Hurray!

All the deets.

OMG OMG, Jean Paul Gaultier is Giving Away Free Pedicab Bike Rides in Union Square: LE MALE’s “MARCH OF THE SAILORS!”

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012



In honor of the opening of the Exhibit “The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier – From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk” at the San Francisco Fine Arts Museums: De Young, Jean Paul Gaultier’s signature men’s fragrance LE MALE takes to the streets of San Francisco where traditional Gaultier sailors will offer fragrance samples and free LE MALE-themed pedicab rides between Union Square and the Embarcadero.

WHEN: March 23rd – 25th 2012

11:30 AM – 7:30 PM

WHERE: Union Square – Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA

OTHER: During these hours, LE MALE Ambassador sailors will patrol Union Square delivering free fragrance samples.”

It will go a little something like this:

Via Pedicab Outdoor – click to expand

All right, see you there!

Another Must-See Show at the de Young: Masters of Venice: Renaissance Painters From the Kunsthistorisches Museum

Friday, November 18th, 2011

Here’s the full title of this sensual and opulent exhibition: Masters of Venice: Renaissance Painters of Passion and Power From the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna.

So, it’s Hello, Vienna calling

It’s amazing how San Francisco gets all these shows at our de Young Museum.

Janos Gereben has the story:

“Vienna’s treasures now are on loan to the de Young, the only stopping place for “Masters of Venice.” As before, with Tutankhamen and French Impressionists, Fine Arts Museums Director John E. Buchanan Jr. and President Dede Wilsey have found a golden opportunity for The City to act as a temporary “storehouse” for a collection whose home is being renovated.”

Fine Arts Museums Director John E. Buchanan displays the exhibition’s weighty tome from Sylvia Ferino-Pagden Lynn Federle Orr

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This is it, this is your must-see show, it’s just one after the other:

  • Saint Sebastian (ca.1457–1459) by Andrea Mantegna, represents early Renaissance painting and is the first of three paintings on this subject by the artist.  In this work Mantegna incorporates details of ancient sculpture and architecture which organizes the pictorial space through linear perspective.
  • Four rare works by the enigmatic painter Giorgio da Castelfranco, known as Giorgione.  The Three Philosophers (ca. 1477–1510), one of the most celebrated works of the 16th century, uses an innovative integration of the figures within the spatial continuum of nature which marks a dramatic advance in the evolution of Western representation imagery. Also featured in the exhibition is his beautiful Portrait of a Young Woman (Laura)(1506) and pensive Youth with an Arrow (ca. 1508–1510).
  • More than a dozen works by Tiziano Vecellio, know as Titian, once Giorgione’s assistant, whose talent soon rivaled his master’s.  His work is synonymous with the Venetian style — lustrous pigments, sharply graduated light and shadows delineating robust forms such as his sumptuous Danaë (1560s) and the mysterious and moody Bravo (The Assassin) (ca.1515–1520).
  • The tapestry-like, shimmering and sensuously colored works by Paolo Caliari, known as Veronese including the grand scaled Annointing of David (ca. 1555), and the dishonored heroine Lucretia (1528–1588), whose creamy skin and sumptuous fabrics divert the viewer’s eye from her suicide blade.

What you need to know:

Venetian paintings from this period have not been shown in the United States since 1938, and they will be shown only at the de Young.
Where: De Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
When: The exhibit continues through Feb. 12. The museum is open 9:30 a.m to 5:15 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. It is closed Nov. 24, Dec. 25 and Jan. 1.
Cost: $10-$20

But remember, this all ends February 12, 2012.

See you there!

It starts off with a big photo of the Kunsthistorisches Museum, which contains one of the four big “princely collections” (along with the Louvre, the Hermitage, and the Prado)

And then, on with the show:

It’s one masterpiece after the next:

What more can you ask for?

Ever more deets, after the jump

Fantastic “Picasso: Masterpieces From the Musée National Picasso, Paris” Exhibit Leaves Our de Young October 10th

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

This is just a reminder, ’cause when this show is gone, it’ll be gone for good.

Why go to Paris if Paris can come to you, right?

Pablo Picasso, Tete de Taureau (Bull’s Head), Bicycle saddle and handlebars. 1942, Musée National Picasso, Paris, © 2011 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA—The exhibition Picasso: Masterpieces From the Musée National Picasso, Paris enters its final weeks at the de Young Museum in San Francisco and closes on October 10. The exhibition travels next to Sydney, Australia for its run at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

This exhibition of 150 important paintings, sculptures, prints and drawings created by Pablo Picasso (1881–1973) is drawn from the permanent collection of the Musée National Picasso, Paris the largest and most significant repository of the artist’s work in the world, and comes to the de Young as part of an international tour. The artwork is touring because the Musée is currently closed and undergoing a multi-year renovation expected to last through 2012. Ranging from informal sketchbooks to finished iconic masterpieces, this unique collection of “Picasso’s Picassos” provides significant proof of the artist’s assertion that “I am the greatest collector of Picassos in the world.”

The exhibition, co-organized by the Musée National Picasso and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, is part of a world tour that began in 2008 with stops at museums in Madrid, Helsinki, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Seattle, Richmond (VA), San Francisco and Sydney.

Hours and Ticket Prices
The exhibition Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso, Paris has the following hours:

Tuesday–Sunday: 9:30 am–5:15 pm (last ticket 4 pm)
Friday-9:30 am–8:45 pm

Tickets are available at or at the museum box office.


Senior 65+

Student w/ ID

Youth 6-17

Child 5 & under


This exhibition is co-organized by the Musée National Picasso, Paris and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities. Bank of the West is Presenting Sponsor. Christies and Hanson Bridgett LLP are Sponsors. Major Patrons are Penny and James George Coulter, and the Estate of Mary Price Moffatt. Lead Patrons are The Ray and Dagmar Dolby Family Fund, The Bernard Osher Foundation and Douglas A. Tilden, and the Lead Sponsors are Isabelle and Charles Picasso.

About the de Young Museum
The de Young, designed by Herzog & de Meuron and located in Golden Gate Park, is the nation’s fourth most visited art museum. It showcases American art from the seventeenth through the twenty-first centuries, international textile arts and costumes, and art from the Americas, the Pacific, and Africa.

Golden Gate Park
50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive
San Francisco, CA 94118

Tuesday – Sunday, 9:30 am–5:15 pm
Friday, 9:30 am–8:45 pm
Closed Monday”


Hamon Tower at the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park is Just Waiting for You to Visit – Admission is Free

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

See? Before or after visiting the Big Picasso Show at our de Young Museum, check out the free-to-the-public Hamon Tower, why not?

Like these people.

Say cheese!

A scary cantilevered floor:

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de Young Musuem: Come for Dramatic Platypus, Stay for “Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso, Paris”

Monday, June 20th, 2011

Well, maybe this critter seen below isn’t as famous as the dramatic chipmunk yet, but no matter – our de Young Museum will let you see it for free in the regular collection when you come to ogle Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso, Paris.

And the Big Reviews are In from:

Chronicle Art Critic Kenneth Baker; and

(De facto) Examiner Art Critic Janos Gereben

They both love it, non?

Get your tickets here.

As seen outside the Big New Picasso Show. (And actually, there’s a reason why you can see the Godzilla-style zipper on the back – can you think of why? Look for it, before or after your Picasso tour, and you’ll find this piece somewhere in the de Young…)

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See you there!