Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University
Collecting Matisse and Modern Masters:

The Cone Sisters of Baltimore

November 4, 2012 – February 10, 2013

IMAGE: Henry Matisse, Seated Odalisque, Left Knee Bent, Ornamental Background and Checkerboard, 1928. Oil on canvas, 21 5/8 x 14 7/8 inches. The Baltimore Museum of Art: The Cone Collection formed by Dr. Claribel and Ms. Etta Cone of Baltimore, Maryland. © 2012 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Admission is valid for the date of the purchased entry during regular museum hours up to 30 minutes before museum close. This event is not a timed admission.
*Nasher Members are eligible for two (2) free tickets, per day, per membership. If you would like more information about this limit or would like to become a member, please call the Nasher Membership office at 919-684-3411 or join Online at  
**Duke students may receive one free ticket with student ID per day for entry on the same day. Redeem in person for admission.


Henri Matisse fondly called Dr. Claribel and Miss Etta Cone “my two Baltimore ladies.” The two Cone sisters began buying art directly out of the Parisian studios of avant-garde artists in 1905. At a time when critics disparaged Matisse, and Pablo Picasso was virtually unknown, the Cones followed their passions and amassed one of the world’s greatest art collections. The exhibition tells this story and features more than 50 of these masterpieces–including paintings, sculptures and works on paper by Matisse, Picasso, Gauguin, Renoir, van Gogh, Pissarro, Courbet and more–on loan from The Baltimore Museum of Art.
This exhibition is organized by The Baltimore Museum of Art, The Jewish Museum, New York, and the Vancouver Art Gallery.
In Durham, the exhibition is presented in collaboration with the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University.
At the Nasher Museum of Art, lead foundation support is provided by the Crow Creek Foundation. Lead corporate support is provided by Wells Fargo. Major support is provided by Marilyn Arthur, the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust, Trent Carmichael, Carol O'Brien Associates, Inc., Katherine Thorpe, Office of the President at Duke University, Office of the Provost at Duke University, Frances Rollins, Drs. Victor and Lenore Behar, Christie’s, and Thomas S. Kenan, III. Additional generous support is provided by the Cemala Foundation, Stefanie and Douglas Kahn, Kelly Braddy Van Winkle and Lance Van Winkle, Graduate Liberal Studies at Duke University, Parker and Otis, Jo and Peter Baer, Pepper and Don Fluke, Carolyn Aaronson, Marcia Angle and Mark Trustin, Clinical Ambassador, Janet Holderness and William Transou, Caroline and Arthur Rogers, Angela O. Terry, Ruth Glesby Wagner, and Jewish Life at Duke. This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.
Nasher Museum exhibitions and programs are generously supported by the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, the late Mary D.B.T. Semans and James H. Semans, the late Frank E. Hanscom III, The Duke Endowment, the Nancy Hanks Endowment, the Courtney Shives Art Museum Fund, the James Hustead Semans Memorial Fund, the Janine and J. Tomilson Hill Family Fund, the Trent A. Carmichael Fund for Community Education, the Neely Family Fund, the E. T. Rollins, Jr. and Frances P. Rollins Fund for the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, the Marilyn M. Arthur Fund, the Sarah Schroth Fund, the George W. and Viola Mitchell Fearnside Endowment Fund, the Gibby and Michael B. Waitzkin Fund, the K. Brantley and Maxine E. Watson Endowment Fund, the Victor and Lenore Behar Endowment Fund, the Margaret Elizabeth Collett Fund, the Nasher Museum of Art General Endowment, the Office of the President and the Office of the Provost, Duke University, and the Friends of the Nasher Museum of Art.


Nasher Museum members receive two free tickets per day, plus free audio guides. Learn about member benefits online or call 919-684-3411.


Groups of 20 or more are eligible for group admission prices. To receive the discount, you must request your visit by completing this on-line form. Do not purchase tickets via this website. After submitting this on-line form, a representative will contact you to make ticketing arrangements for your group request. Payment must be received at time of order for any bookings made less than three weeks in advance. If you are booking less than three weeks in advance, please submit a form, and a representative will contact you regarding your request. Payment must be received at time of order.
For groups under 19 people we strongly encourage pre-purchasing tickets online here, by phone or in person. Groups of 19 or fewer do not qualify for group admission prices.


To purchase guided tour tickets for groups of 20 or more, please request a reservation through visitor services by clicking herePlease do not purchase tickets via this website.



If you plan on dining at the Nasher Museum Cafe during your visit, we strongly recommend that you reserve your table prior to purchasing tickets. You may place a reservation online or by calling the Nasher Cafe at 919-684-6032 or



Free Admission, Sunday, November 18, 2012 and Sunday, January 27, 2013,12pm - 5pm.
Tickets for Family Day are not available in advance. Tickets will be available at the museum upon entry on those dates. Limited quantities available.



- Last entry into the exhibition is 30 minutes before the museum closes.
- K-12 School Tours will be in the museum Tuesday - Friday from 10am - 1:30pm.
- Everyone entering the exhibition, including FREE admissions, must have a ticket.
- Audio Tour production is available in English. Renting the Audio Guide at the museum costs $3. Advance sales not available. You may also download the audio guide to your personal MP3 player for free.
- Audio guides are FREE to Nasher Museum members. Audio guides are FREE on Thursday nights.
- All sales are final. No refunds. Exchanges may be requested to another date of this exhibition, based on availability. Exchange requests can be made through the Box Office during business hours by phone, 919-684-4444.
- There is a $6 order fee on all phone and internet sales.
- Parking is not included in the ticket price. Parking for museum visitors is $2 per hour, payable at kiosks in lots designated for visitor parking. 

Museum Information:      919-684-0700

Museum Hours:
Monday: closed

Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday: 10am to 5pm

Thursday: 10am to 9pm

Sunday: 12pm to 5pm

On the final weekend of the exhibition, we will have extended hours:

Saturday, February 9: 10am to 9pm

Sunday, February 10: 11am to 7pm


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