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Thursday, 17 June 2010

Free Day at PMA

Free Admission Saturday Honors
Late Director D'Harnoncourt
By Richard Carreno
Junto Senior Staff Writer Bio

The Philadelphia Museum of Art will offer free admission, from 10 am to 5 pm, Saturday (June 19) to honor the memory of its late director, Anne d'Harnoncourt, who died suddenly in 2008. D'Harnoncourt had been director from 1982 until her death.

In 2008, the museum, Governor Edward G. Rendell and Mayor Nutter declared June 19 to a 'a day of appreciation' for the late director, who first joined the PMA in 1962 as a 19-year-old curatorial assistant in the department of painting and sculpture.

Timothy Rub, who succeeded D'Harnoncourt, said he hopes the free-admission day will be 'a special day of inspiration.'

The museum used to offer admission on a free-will offering basis every Sunday. That policy was limited by its board of directors, shortly before Rub's appointment, to only the first Sunday of each month.

Saturday's one-off free day does not include admission to the PMA's current exhibit 'Late Renoir.'

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