Intersections Art Projects

A museum commissions young artists to create new work that riffs off of classics in their collection


Classic works of art combine with modern applications at Intersections, a progressive series of contemporary art projects. Started in October of 2009 by The Phillips Collection in Washington D.C., the initiative explores, “intriguing intersections between old and new traditions, modern and contemporary art practices, and museum spaces and artistic interventions” by commissioning a young artist to create a work inspired by a classic piece in their collection.


The project launched with a video projection called “Brain Storm” that projected landscapes of Cezzane, Dove, and Kadinsky onto the walls of the museum’s modern art space, the Goh Annex in October 2009. Since then, the collection has continued to evolve to different mediums including sculptures, wall drawings and monochrome paintings.

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Some pieces in the current collection include Tayo Heuser’s Pulse, a group of wall-mounted sculptures inspired by Mark Rothko’s paintings and the architecture of the Goh Annex, as well as Linn Meyers’s at the time being, a wall drawing inspired by the Vincent van Gogh’s, “The Road Menders.” Through these pieces, viewers can see the melding between old art forms and the application of new techniques.

See the full collection of the Intersections Art Projects here. The series will continue to be on display at the The Phillips Collection with the newest project arriving on 1 October 2010.