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Renowned Adkins art collection finds permanent home in two museums



Until recently, one of the largest private collections of art was stored in a crowded Tulsa apartment. But now, two Oklahoma museums have acquired selections from the lauded Eugene B. Adkins Collection.

"Highlights of the Adkins Collection," shown at the University of Oklahoma's Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art and Tulsa's Philbrook Museum of Art, contains selections from the collection, an acquisition valued at around $50 million of more than 3,300 objects, including:
" paintings,
" pottery,
" jewelry,
" baskets,
" blankets,
" sculptures,
" photographs and
" archive materials focus on American Indian and Western art.

"These exhibitions show that both museums are together to celebrate Adkins and to celebrate Oklahoma," said Ghislain d'Humieres, director and chief curator of the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art.

Adkins, who died in 2006, kept his massive collection in his Tulsa apartment. Both museums competed with other sites for the private collection, and were jointly awarded the art last year by the Adkins Foundation. The two museums were promised the highly sought-after works after each unveiled elaborate plans to showcase the pieces.
"Highlights of the Adkins Collection" will be on display at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art through December; admission is free every Tuesday. The exhibition at the Philbrook Museum of Art will be shown through the summer of 2009.

"?Allison Meier


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