Donald and Doris Fisher have been intensively collecting modern and contemporary art for more than 40 years. The economic success of their Gap clothing chain provided the deep pockets necessary to put together this first-class collection.
The Fishers will create a trust, administered in collaboration with SFMOMA, to oversee the care of their collection at the museum, renewable after 25 years.
This agreement pushes SFMOMA up into the top five of US contemporary art museums. The Fisher collection is really impressive with many important pieces by Andy Warhol, Gerhard Richter, David Hockney and the like.
SFMOMA is in the planning phase for a major expansion that will triple the museum's gallery space.
Upon completion of SFMOMA's planned expansion, works from the Fisher Collection will be on display in a new wing that will also incorporate art from the museum's collection. In addition, works from the Fisher Collection will be interwoven in existing galleries with SFMOMA's modern and contemporary holdings. Currently there is a debate about the purchase of an old fire station close to the museum.
For a long time there were close ties with SFMOMA: Don Fisher first joined the SFMOMA Board of Trustees in 1983. The couple supported many exhibitions over the years. In addition, through gifts from The Gap Foundation and Banana Republic, they have generously supported KidstART free admission for children and the like.
SFMOMA is organizing a major exhibition of the Fisher Collection that is scheduled to open in summer 2010 as part of its 75th anniversary celebration.
I think it is good that the Fisher collection will stay in the Fisher’s hometown San Francisco.
by Chris Neuschler
The Fisher family are real philanthropists, who don't forget their roots.
Thank you Don & Doris!!!
Thank you in the name of SF art lovers!!!