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Happy 60th Birthday Frye Art Museum!
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Avid philanthropic supporters of art and music, Charles and Emma Frye gifted a collection of 232 paintings to the people of Seattle, with the promise that access to the collection would always be free.
While other leading collectors of the day were acquiring paintings by French impressionists popular in the early 20th century, the Fryes supported artists of the Munich Secession whose experiments with the intersection of art, literature, music, dance, design, science, and social practice were described by the New York Times in January 1909 as “impulsive, energetic, and extremely various,” demonstrating how far “individualism may be carried.” The core values of the Secessionists, inherent in the Frye Art Museum’s Founding Collection guide the Museum’s commitment to artistic inquiry and its engagement with both historical and contemporary art.