Kreegers’ Eponymous Museum Immortalizes Art Collection

Craig Meklir Uncategorized

Solid travertine drum and slab; lunette frame and window beyond. Photo by Eileen Wold, 2003

Solid travertine drum and slab; lunette frame and
window beyond. Photo by Eileen Wold, 2003

Don’t you wish you had your own Kreeger Museum?

But of course it wouldn’t be Kreeger, it would be your name, and it would have the stuff you like in it. That’s how David and Carmen Kreeger did it. Huge art fans and wealthy to boot (Kreeger was chairman and CEO of GEICO), the Kreegers amassed a huge collection of paintings, sculptures, prints and many types of art across all media.

Perhaps afraid he would one day run out of space, David Kreeger asked renowned architect Philip Johnson to design a building in which he and his wife could live but that also could serve as a museum after their deaths.

With soaring ceilings, wide-open space and lots of glass, this postmodernist 24,000-square-foot structure must have been quite comfortable indeed for Mr. and Mrs. Kreeger. David Kreeger died in 1990, and the house opened to the public as a museum in 1994. (Carmen Kreeger died in 2003).

Since then it has welcomed thousands of guests — fans of their collections of Paul Cezanne, Vincent van Gogh, Piet Mondrian, Claude Monet, Edvard Munch, Pablo Picasso, Auguste Renoir, Alfred Sisley and countless others.

At this writing, some tickets were still available for the Kreeger’s annual After Hours Soiree Oct. 21, which it hosts in conjunction with the International Club of DC. The event melds great art with appreciative party-goers, wine, beer, hors d’oeuvres and jazz.

If you can’t make it, make a note to yourself to stop by this amazing museum in northwest D.C. one day and see all it has to offer, including its sculpture garden, opened in 2014.

Kreeger Museum, 2401 Foxhall Rd. NW, Washington D.C. 20007

Museum hours: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday; Tuesday – Thursday, museum open only for tours at 10:30 and 1:30, reservations required, call (202) 338-3552.

Admission: Adults, $10; members of the military (with ID), students (with ID) and seniors (65 plus), $7; children 12 and under and members free

Sculpture garden hours: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Tuesday – Saturday, free.