Seeing Nature Seeing Nature Great art requires great stewardship.

The Exhibition

In 2015, Paul G. Allen launched Seeing Nature, an unprecedented exhibition of 39 landscape masterworks from his private collection, an opportunity to see the natural world through the eyes of some of history’s greatest artists. In a three-part series of short films, world class conservators and curators offer a behind the scenes look at the conservation, installation, and inspiration for the exhibit. Seeing Nature will be displayed across the country at the institutions hosting this three year traveling exhibition, part of the museum experience that sheds new light on well-loved masterpieces from Canaletto to Klimt.

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The Exhibition

  • Andrew Graham-Dixon: Host/Narrator
  • Sara Edelson: Supervising Producer
  • Molly Hermann: Producer/Director/Writer
  • Rob Lyall: Director of Photography
  • Seth Tillman: Associate Producer
  • Kris Kral: Editor
  • Rob Migrin: Editor

Conservation

Preparing art masterpieces for exhibition involves careful scholarship, handling, and conservation. This short film follows four masterworks from the Paul G. Allen Family Collection as they are readied for travel and exhibit, featuring the Vulcan Art Collections team and world class conservators.

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Need a closer look at an O’Keeffe? Better call an expert. Watch Part 1 of the series - Conservation

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The conservation process can reveal clues to how a great artist sees and recreates nature.

Inspiration

No fewer than 8 paintings in the Seeing Nature exhibition were inspired by one place: Venice, Italy. Featuring art historian and television presenter Andrew Graham-Dixon, this short film explores the influence of Venice on landscape painting.

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Some of Europe’s most iconic landscape masterpieces were painted here. Watch Part 2 – Inspiration.

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“Places with unique light … that creates a certain mood. Both the antiquity of Venice, and the light and the architecture all blend together to create special moods that I think painters are attracted to.”

Paul Allen

Installation

A museum wall is a blank canvas, an opportunity to present a new experience to the public. This short film follows behind the scenes of the planning and installation of Seeing Nature at the Portland Art Museum, featuring the Vulcan Art Collections team, curators from Portland Art Museum and Seattle Art Museum, and an interview with Paul G. Allen.

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Exhibition design takes a lot of thought and careful handling. Watch part 3 – Installation.

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“There’s a theory that when we see a landscape it’s a way of connecting with our ancestral past. Though no one really knows if that’s true or not - but certainly you’re eye and your imagination is drawn into the landscape and it tends to make you think of what’s happening in the future.”

Paul Allen