Matilija Poppy (detail), pl. 2, from the portfolio Poppies and Peony, 1976.
Bouquets to Art
From the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco:
The Bay Area’s beloved floral fundraiser, Bouquets to Art, returned this June for its 37th year with fresh summer blooms to seed new life into the de Young’s permanent collection.
For one week only, more than 100 of the region’s most innovative and sought-after floral designers converged at the de Young to showcase dazzling works inspired by the museum’s paintings, sculptures, objects, and architecture. One of the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco’s most popular events, tickets to the on-site event were sold out.
Those who couldn’t make it on-site still have the opportunity to see the exhibition from home with a Bouquets to Art Virtual Visit. This 360-degree tour provides an in-depth look with unobstructed views of every floral design in the galleries, filled with behind-the-scenes details and curator picks. The virtual tour is free for museum members and $10 for the general public. In addition, a separate virtual opportunity is available with internationally renowned designer Soho Sakai. A longtime Bouquets to Art exhibitor and presenter, Sakai will lead an ikebana workshop, exploring the relationship between ikebana and nature.
For the first time ever, bouquets are presented in dialogue with collection highlights in the arts of Africa and Oceania galleries. In addition, Bouquets to Art features a large-scale aerial piece to preside above Wilsey Court, plus plenty of perennial Bouquets to Art favorites, such as Frederic Edwin Church’s Rainy Season in the Tropics (1866).
Proceeds from Bouquets to Art help underwrite exhibitions, conservation projects, and education programs at the Fine Arts Museums.
About Bouquets to Art
Over the past 37 years, this popular event—presented by the volunteer members of the San Francisco Auxiliary of the Fine Arts Museums—has drawn nearly 800,000 visitors, with net proceeds of more than $7 million. Funds from Bouquets to Art help underwrite special exhibitions, conservation projects, and educational programs at the Legion of Honor and the de Young.
BTA Virtual Visit
Starting June 9, 2021 \ Self-guided online tour
Unable to make it to the de Young this year, or wish to complement your on-site visit with unobstructed views of the floral creations? Treat yourself to an in-depth look at every floral design in the galleries with a ticket to our virtual visit, filled with behind-the-scenes details, curator picks, and more! Tickets are free for members and $10 for the general public, available at deyoungmuseum.org/bouquets.
About the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, comprising the de Young in Golden Gate Park and the Legion of Honor in Lincoln Park, are the largest public arts institution in San Francisco.
The de Young originated from the 1894 California Midwinter International Exposition in Golden Gate Park and was established as the Memorial Museum in 1895. It was later renamed in honor of Michael H. de Young, who spearheaded its creation. The present copper-clad landmark building, designed by Herzog & de Meuron, opened in October 2005. It holds the institution’s significant collections of American painting, sculpture, and decorative arts from the 17th to the 21st centuries; art from Africa, Oceania, and the Americas; costume and textile arts; and international modern and contemporary art.