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Let a Thousand Artworks Bloom

At the De Young’s yearly floral extravaganza, ephemeral flowers are paired with timeless works of art.

Bouquets to Art

Bouquets to Art. 


Life is short; art is eternal.

That old saw will be put to the test at the De Young’s annual Bouquets to Art exhibition (Mar. 14–19), in which 120 masterworks from the museum’s permanent collection serve as inspiration for a fleet of ultra-creative designers who pair astonishingly meticulous—but preciously short-lived—floral arrangements with works by the likes of Frank Stella, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Pablo Picasso.

The result is an explosion of color that’s impressive and playful in equal measure but, at just six days long, definitely not timeless. Now in its 33rd year, Bouquets to Art is the museum’s largest annual fundraiser.


Originally published in the March issue of San Francisco 

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