Presentation of the 2003 Duncan Phillips Award
The Phillips Collection honored His Royal Highness the Duke of Bavaria with the 2003 Duncan Phillips Award on October 30 at a ceremony held at the residence of the German ambassador, followed by a black-tie dinner at the Phillips Museum. The award was created in 1999 to honor art in the spirit of Duncan Phillips, a leading art collector and patron and founder of the Phillips Collection, America's first museum of modern art. Over a 50-year span, Phillips collected and preserved more than 2,200 works of art. His goal was to make art accessible to the public, opening his home so that visitors to experience his collection. The Duncan Phillips Award is designed to salute living collectors and patrons who have demonstrated vision, dedication, and love for art by assembling a collection and making it available to the public.
The Duke of Bavaria, Franz Bonaventura Adlabert Maria von Wittelsbach, assembled a large collection of art, including over 800 pieces that make up the Pinakothek der Moderne a massive four-part center for the arts in Munich. Duke Franz, with the help of many companies and other individuals, opened the center in September of 2002 and has used it to make his private collection accessible to the public. He is the first non-American recipient of the Duncan Phillips Award.