Dahesh Museum of Art

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The Dahesh Museum of Art is the only museum in the United States devoted to the collection and exhibition of European academic art of the 19th and 20th century. The collection originated with Lebanese writer, humanist, and philosopher Saleem Moussa Ashi (1909–1984), whose pen name was Dr. Dahesh. The core of the museum’s exhibit is Dr. Dahesh’s collection of more than 2,000 academic paintings created in a style that struggled for years to compete with Impressionism. From 2008 through early 2012, the museum was without a home since 2008 with the collection available online and in a traveling exhibition. In early 2012, the Museum reopened in Manhattan’s Hudson Square neighborhood, near SoHO.

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