Press release: William T. Kemper Foundation will be presenting sponsor for Impressionism exhibition at the Saint Louis Art Museum

By | January 26, 2017

Edgar Degas, French, 1834-1917; “The Millinery Shop”, 1879-1886; oil on canvas; 39 3/8 x 49 9/16 inches; The Art Institute of Chicago, Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Larned Coburn Memorial Collection

ST. LOUIS, Jan. 26, 2017—The William T. Kemper Foundation – Commerce Bank, Trustee has provided a lead sponsorship gift of $100,000 to support the groundbreaking exhibition Degas, Impressionism, and the Paris Millinery Trade, which opens at the Saint Louis Art Museum on Feb. 12.

(To download web-sized images, right click on the images below.)

The exhibition—organized by the Saint Louis Art Museum and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco—is the first to explore Degas’ fascination with high-fashion hats and the women who made them. In addition to works by Degas, the exhibition explores millinery’s place in Impressionist iconography by including works by his peers—including Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Édouard Manet, Mary Cassatt and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec—as well as 40 exquisite examples of period hats.

Funds provided by the William T. Kemper Foundation will be used to offset costs incurred during the planning, installation and presentation of the exhibition, including public programming and an international symposium.

Brent R. Benjamin

“The Kemper Foundation has long supported important initiatives and programs at the museum,” said Brent R. Benjamin, the Barbara B. Taylor Director of the Saint Louis Art Museum. “We continue to be grateful for the foundation’s generous leadership and their sponsorship of this exhibition.”

In recognition of the gift, the foundation will be the presenting sponsor for Degas, Impressionism, and the Paris Millinery Trade. The exhibition also is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities and an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support is provided by Christie’s. Financial assistance has been provided by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.

CONTACT: Matthew Hathaway, 314.655.5493, matthew.hathaway@slam.org

About the Saint Louis Art Museum

The Saint Louis Art Museum is one of the nation’s leading comprehensive art museums with collections that include works of art of exceptional quality from virtually every culture and time period. Areas of notable depth include Oceanic art, pre-Columbian art, ancient Chinese bronzes and European and American art of the late 19th and 20th centuries, with particular strength in 20th-century German art. Admission to the Saint Louis Art Museum is free to all every day. For more information, call 314.721.0072 or visit slam.org.

About The William T. Kemper Foundation — Commerce Bank, Trustee

The William T. Kemper Foundation, established in 1989, honors Kemper’s lifelong interest in improving the human condition and quality of life.