Ever wanted to see art come to life? De Young has you covered this summer with floral magic you can feel from the comfort of your own couch.
If you haven’t visited the de Young Museum yet, now is your chance. For just one week this summer, the fine arts museum is bringing back one of their most beloved fundraisers, and this is one you’re not going to want to miss. The Bouquets to Art fundraiser will bring together over 100 of San Francisco’s “most innovative and sought-after floral designers” to showcase beautiful floral pieces that reflect and resemble the museum’s permanent collection of paintings, sculptures, and other artwork from June 8-13.
While tickets to the popular on-site event are almost sold out, there’s no need to panic. This year, the museum has installed a brand new, virtual tour that you can attend from anywhere in the world. This 360-degree tour provides you with completely unobstructed views of every piece in the exhibit, as well as behind-the-scenes details and curator picks you may miss in person. This virtual tour is free for museum members and only $10 for the general public. In San Francisco, that’s almost two cups of coffee!
Compared to previous years, this summer’s fundraiser boasts even more unprecedented features. This year, bouquets will be presented in dialogue with collection highlights from the museum’s Africa and Oceania gallerias, and there will also be a large-scale aerial piece hanging above Wilsey Court.
The exhibit offers an additional virtual opportunity this year with Soho Sakai, internationally renowned Ikebana designer. Sakai, a longtime Bouquets to Art exhibitor, will be leading an ikebana workshop in which you can learn the sacred Japanese art of flower arrangement and explore the relationship between ikebana and nature. Sakai’s virtual program will take place at 10 AM on June 9, with tickets available now for $15.
// To find out more about Bouquets to Art, exhibition programs, and ticketing, visit deyoungmuseum.org/bouquets. Find them on Instagram as well; @deyoungmusem. Golden Gate Park, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, San Francisco. Photography courtesy of the deYoung Museum.