Social media success: The Four Seasons to stay longer on Nelson lawn


Courtesy The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kevin Anderson

The popular exhibit The Four Seasons on the south lawn of the Nelson-Atkins Museum will be sticking around through next spring.

The show, described as a contemporary homage to Arcimboldo by Philip Haas,  was scheduled to be taken down in mid-October, but has instead been extended through April of next year.

The Nelson-Atkins said in a press release that visitors have found the large portrait busts engaging. The Four Seasons has appeared in more than 200 photos on Instagram, and Twitter and FaceBook posts reached nearly 300,000.

“They have posted so many photos to social media that we wanted them to have the opportunity to interact and photograph these magnificent sculptures spanning every season, so we are excited to be extending the exhibition run through April 17. I, for one, cannot wait to see them under the snow!” said Julián Zugazagoitia, Director of the Nelson-Atkins.

Each sculpture in The Four Seasons is 15-feet-tall. Contemporary artist and filmmaker Philip Haas created these 3-dimensional interpretations of the Italian Renaissance painter Giuseppe Arcimboldo’s portrait series of the same name.

“I’m thrilled that The Four Seasons has been so warmly embraced by the Kansas City community,” said Haas. “It is gratifying to have my work become a focal point at the Nelson-Atkins, and I’m delighted the museum is extending the exhibition.”


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