Life-long arts enthusiast and regional billionaire Paul Allen is offering a coveted slice of his private collection to the public, so save your art appetite Portland. Kicking off right here in Stumptown, Seeing Nature: Landscape Masterworks from the Paul G. Allen Family Collection will be on show at the Portland Art Museum on October 10 before heading off on a national tour, making four other stops in the next two years.
The show was five years in the making and aims to give visitors an intimate gaze into the way some of the most prolific artists of the past centuries perceived the world around us. Given the value of this collection—one of the paintings, Klimt’s Birch Forest fetched over $40 million at auction in 2006—the museum teamed up with the Seattle Art Museum to apply for indemnity from the National Endowment for the Arts to allow them to house the works.
“The idea of the natural world is so prominent in our lives here, it envelops us every single day,” says Brian Ferriso, PAM Director and curator of Seeing Nature. “The exhibition will hopefully envelop its viewers and help us see our own world in new ways.”
From Monet’s iconic garden in Giverny to psychedelic visions of the Grand Canyon, onlookers will be exposed to 39 views that live not only in the physical realm but have been filtered through the minds of some of the world’s most revered painters.
Seeing Nature is at the Portland Art Museum from October 10–January 10.