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I always wonder if the donor of the displayed works wasn't in fact seeking to maximize his tax write offs by enhancing the provinence of his donations via their display in a major venue

Yeah, I'm seeing more and more "Named" galleries/sections in museums.

wasn't smitten with the National Portrait/American Art Gallery myself

We actually went the day the buildings reopened, so there were lots of festivities and special events, which made the whole day lots more fun. I know in the past there've been special exhibitions which aren't permanent, and of course, I've enjoyed some more than others.

Be sure to see the Paul Klee exhibit at the Phillips.

We went recently when Renoir's "Luncheon of the Boating Party" had returned. That was another full museum day, as we spent hours there.

While I don't love everything in every museum, I'm always glad to spend time there, especially when I see a special favorite.

~~ Alison
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