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A legacy of art

A legacy of art

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The Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk marks the 50th anniversary this year of a groundbreaking donation that did more than elevate the museum’s collection (and led to a name change) – it raised the art game for the entire Hampton Roads region. In 1971 Walter P. Chrysler Jr. donated his entire art collection – about 7,000 pieces – to what was then the Norfolk Museum of Arts and Sciences. Walter and his wife, Jean, a Norfolk native, stayed connected with the museum for the rest of their lives, eventually gifting more than 25,000 objects. To mark the occasion, the museum is presenting a new exhibition titled “Building a Legacy: Chrysler Collects for the Future.” The show, which runs Nov. 19 through March 6, features recent acquisitions and promised gifts of art from local and regional collectors that officials say will shape the museum’s collection for the next generation.

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