Pittsburgh is Art: Fabergé Focus

Quick!  Name one of the best destinations anywhere to enjoy great art.  If you said Pittsburgh, you’re right! Recognized for its vibrant art scene, Pittsburgh is Art! The focus for art lovers everywhere is Fabergé: The Hodges Family Collection opening at the Frick Art & Historical Center on Oct. 23, 2011. Running through Jan. 15, 2012, the exhibition showcases more than 100 objects created in the workshops of the House of Fabergé in the years preceding the Russian Revolution. 

Fabergé is best known for the beautiful enameled and 
gem-encrusted jewelry, personal items and Imperial eggs created for the Russian court of Romanov Tsar Nicholas II. Organized by the New Orleans Museum of Art, and assembled by American collector Daniel L. Hodges over two decades, this exhibition showcases many of the objects created for the tsar, his family and other Russian aristocrats. Travelers to the city of Pittsburgh will have the rare opportunity to be dazzled by these incredible works of art only at the Frick.

And, there’s so much more art to see in Pittsburgh. Carnegie Museum of Art is home to an outstanding collection - from Van Gogh to street artist Banksy. The Carnegie’s collection features American and European Impressionist and Post-Impressionist works, furniture, architecture, international contemporary art and more. You’ll also want to check out the Sarah Mellon Scaife gallery, referred to as an “unflawed paradise” by The New York Times. 

You don’t need to be in Manhattan to take a walk on the wild side. Andy Warhol, the king of pop art, was born in the 'Burgh. His museum is a must-see for fans or novices wanting to learn more about him and his priceless works of art. 

For a collection with a truly American flavor, plan a drive to the Westmoreland Museum of American Art in Greensburg.  With works showcasing the dichotomy of our nation’s natural beauty alongside highly industrial landscapes, the Westmoreland is an art oasis in Pittsburgh’s countryside.

So, if you think you have to go to New York or Washington, D.C., for great art, think again. The scene in Pittsburgh rivals that of many major cities. After all, Pittsburgh is Art! Go to visitpittsburgh.com/art for more information.