A National Treasure:
Fred Meijer, His Collection and Legacy

A National Treasure:
Fred Meijer, His Collection and Legacy

February 1 August 25, 2019

Although never formally trained in the visual arts or art history, Fred Meijer was deeply interested in cultural endeavors and history, and had a long interest in sculpture. 

Overview

Although never formally trained in the visual arts or art history, Fred Meijer was deeply interested in cultural endeavors and history, and had a long interest in sculpture. In particular, he was initially attracted to historical and figurative statuary in bronze. He began collecting in the mid-1980s according to his own interests. His views broadened in the following years.

In August of 1999, he declared his dream to build a "world-class" sculpture collection, opening a door for collecting beyond his initial personal aesthetic with the betterment and enjoyment of the public in mind. Today, the collection is hailed as among the finest in the world.

This landmark exhibition is timed to coincide with the centenary of Fred's birth and charts the milestones of the collector and his collection, one of the most compelling stories in American cultural history.

An interactive walk-through of the exhibition is available here, courtesy of RealSpace.

Events

April 14, 2019 2:00 pm

Great American Collectors

Fred Meijer, as an art collector

May 5, 2019 2:00 pm

The Art of Fine Art Collecting

Join the owners and artists behind Lafontsee Galleries 

June 14, 2019 3:00 pm

Charcoal Drawing with Anna Greidanus

Sold Out

Head outdoors with artist Anna Greidanus.

July 30, 2019 6:00 pm

Summer Sculpture Walks

Sculpture Park Niches, The Gallery

August 11, 2019 11:30 am

Summer Sculpture Walks

Sculpture Park Niches, The Groves

Sponsors

A National Treasure: Fred Meijer, His Collection and Legacy is made possible by:

Bill Padnos & Margy Kaye

The Louis and Helen Padnos Foundation

The Meijer Foundation

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Foundation

Botanic and Sculpture Societies of Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park

Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts