HISTORY

HISTORY

HISTORY

HISTORY

HISTORY

HISTORY

HISTORY

HISTORY

HISTORY

HISTORY

our history

Matthew and Iris Strauss Family Foundation, founded in 2007, is a premier contemporary collection of over 100 world class works of art since 1975 housed in 6,000 square-feet of galleries with a library on premises.

The mission is to promote art appreciation and understanding of contemporary art.

 

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The Matthew and Iris Strauss Collection is comprised of two separate collections: The Strauss Trust (not open for tours) and the Strauss Family Foundation. The Strauss Trust is responsible for gifting 50% of the Foundations holdings which underscores the quality of the artworks.

Matthew & Iris Strauss have been recognized by ARTnews Magazine as one of the world’s TOP 200 COLLECTORS since 2009.

art & activities over the years

Matthew and Iris Strauss contributed a 5500 square foot Foundation Gallery to exhibit the artworks by deed recorded on August 27.

The Foundation re-appointed the slate of six Directors to its board including Hugh Davies, Executive Director, Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego (MCASD) and Derrick Cartwright, Executive Director, San Diego Museum of Art.

Strauss Family Trust loaned the Foundation four art works on August 21 and 11 more art works on August 28.

The Foundation conducted visiting museum and affinity art groups totaling 204 people, comprised of 15 visits including representatives of nine museums.

The Foundation purchased five works of art: Angelo Filomino (Death of Blinded Philosopher), The Starm Twins (Blot out the Sun 3), Jean Lowe (Love for Sale #5), Ryoko Suzuki (Nurse) and Ryoko Suzuki (Bunny).

In January, Matthew and Iris Strauss gifted 16 works of art to the Foundation as per separate roster and loaned seven more.

In September, Matthew and Iris Strauss gifted 20 works of art to the Foundation as per separate roster.

Matthew and Iris Strauss loaned 21 more works of art to the Foundation.

The Strauss Collection loaned its Yasumasa Morimura triptych to the Foundation. The Foundation then loaned the Morimura to the exhibition organized by the Louvre called “Ingres & the Moderns” on the event of his 150 anniversary. The art was exhibited in Quebec City, Canada, February 2 – May 31 and Montauban, France as part of a 300-page catalogue and 200 works. The Foundation was specifically credited in the exhibition loan agreement and catalogues as lender.

The Foundation loaned its Vanessa Beecroft VB53 video to MCASD for exhibition September 19 – January 4.

Art under control of the Foundation totaled 40 pieces (16 Strauss Collection gifts, three purchased, 21 Strauss Collection loans).

The Foundation purchased three works of art by Cosma Von Bonin, Farris McReynolds, and Asma Shikoh.

The Foundation granted as a gift Christian Boltansky to MCASD with permanent attribution to the Foundation.

The number of visitors to the gallery totaled 334 for the year, comprised of 14 visits including six museums, eight art groups, and the American Association of Museum Directors to both collections.

Strauss Family Trust loaned the Foundation three art works on January 1 for an indefinite period. The Foundation loaned its Vanessa Beecroft VB 53 video on July 9 to San Diego Museum of Art exhibition January 18 – May 8.

In December, Matthew and Iris Strauss gifted three works of art to the Foundation (Sarah Morris, Matt Mullican, Terry Winters).

Art under control of the Foundation totaled 46 pieces (16 Strauss Collection gifts, 6 purchased, 24 Strauss Collection loans, including one gift to MCASD).

The Foundation acquired two works of art by Angela de la Cruz and Zhang Huan.

The Foundation gifted art by Matt Mullican to MCASD with permanent attribution to the Foundation.

In December, Matthew and Iris Strauss gifted five works of art to the Foundation (Saint Clair Cemin, Donald Lipsky, Markus Lüpertz, Fabian Marcaccio, Sam Taylor-Wood).

The number of visitors to the Foundation Gallery totaled 345 for the year comprised of 16 showings including eight museum groups and six art-affinity groups.

Art under control of the Foundation: 49 art works (including 39 gifts from SFT and 10 purchases by the Foundation, including two gifts to MCASD).

The Foundation added Mary Beebe, Director of the Stuart Collection and Gallery at the University of California of San Diego, as Director and reappointed the other Directors for a total of eight Directors.

In December, Matthew and Iris Strauss gifted two works of art to the Foundation (Allan McCollum, Fred Wilson).

Strauss Family Trust loaned the Foundation its Yin Xiuzhen artwork on January 23 for the Foundation to loan to MCASD exhibition January 23 – May 13.

Strauss Family Trust loaned the Foundation two of its art works on June 1 for an indefinite period.

The Foundation acquired two works of art by Emilio Perez and Ross Bleckner.

The number of visitors to the Foundation Gallery for the year totaled 304 guests, comprised of 13 visits including six museum groups and eight art-affinity groups.

Art under control of the Foundation numbered 52 works of art (44 gifted by Matthew and Iris Strauss), 10 purchased with funds provided by Matthew and Iris Strauss, including two gifts to MCASD.

The Foundation loaned its Vanessa Beecroft VB 53 video to MCASD for exhibition, September 29 – 30.

The Foundation acquired one work of art by Tara Donovan.

In December 2012, Matthew and Iris Strauss gifted one work of art to the Foundation (Jörg Immendorff).

Art under control of the Foundation numbered 56 works of art (45 gifted by Matthew and Iris Strauss), 11 purchased with funds provided by Matthew and Iris Strauss, including two Foundation gifts to MCASD.

The number of visitors to the Gallery for the year was 391 guests, comprised of 21 visits including 11 museum groups and 10 art-affinity groups.

On March 31st, the Foundation accepted a request by Isabel Condoya Ferrer, Exhibition Director for Picasso Museu, Barcelona, Spain, for the loan of the Fred Wilson, mixed-media, C-print & video Picasso/Whose Rules? (1991). The exhibition at the Picasso Museu, consisting of 70 works, will run March 6 – June 29. The exhibition will continue into the fall at a second, to-be-determined museum in Europe.

The Foundation signed a loan agreement on January 8 for 15 works of art to the University San Diego for the exhibition, “Game Changer #1,” at the Student Pavilion, February 11 – March 1.

The Foundation loaned Guillermo Kuitca artwork to the San Diego Museum of Art on January 30 for exhibition, April 4 – October 4.

The Foundation signed a loan agreement on October 4 with University of San Diego for “Game Changer #2,” a loan of 20 Foundation works for a major exhibition at the Student Pavilion, February 2 – March 1.

The Foundation signed a loan agreement on August 24 with MCASD for a loan of four major Foundation artworks including an eight-piece room installation, Table and Its Belongings, by Nelson Leirner and three other large works for exhibition at MCASD, November 14 – February 2, 2014.

Strauss Trust Collection made a loan to the Foundation of Yin Xiuzhen, Untitled Clothes, from August 8 – December 31, 2014.

The Foundation acquired five art works by David Altmejd, Thu Van Tran, Mel Chin, Kahn & Selesnick, and Elliott Hundley.

On December 31, Matthew and Iris Strauss gifted one work of art by Frank Stella to the Foundation.

Art under control of the Foundation was 66 art works including 49 gifts from Strauss Collection and 17 Foundation purchases, including two gifts to MCASD.

The number of visitors for the year was 446 guests, comprised of 17 visits to the Foundation Gallery. The exhibition of 15 works from the Foundation at the University of San Diego drew 1,010 visitors for a total of 1,456 visitors/viewers of the Foundation’s art for the year.

Art Loan: MCASD Exhibition, Downtown; Nov 14, 2013 – Feb 2, 2014; 4 works including Nelson Lierner: “Table and Its Belongings,” 2002. Art Loan: MCASD Exhibition, Downtown; Jan 11, 2014 – April 30, 2014; Elliott Hundley: “Window,” 2013.

Art Loan: USD Student Pavilion; Major Exhibition: “Game Changer 2;” 20 Works, Feb 2 – Mar 1, 2014

Art Loan: MCASD Galleries (for future exhibition); two-year loan commencing Feb 11, 2014; Frank Stella: “Mogielnica III,” 1972 Polish Village Series (10’ x 10’).

Art Loan: Museo Picasso, Barcelona; Major Picasso Exhibition of 70 Works; Mar 6 – Jun 29, 2014; Fred Wilson: “Picasso, Whose Rules?,” 1991.

Art Purchase: The Foundation acquired 2 art works by Matthew Day Jackson and Ralph Fleck.

Loan Agreement: Foundation signed loan agreement Nov 15, 2014 with California Center for the Arts Escondido (CCAE) for a major exhibition called “Contemporary Constructions” consisting of 22 works of art and sculpture in their Grand Galleries, Jan 22 to Feb 22, 2015.

Gallery Visits: There were 18 visits to the Foundation Gallery and a major museum loan of 20 art works to the USD for a grand total of 1,123 visitors.

Art under control of the Foundation: (as of November 2014): 68 art works (2 Foundation purchases). There were a total of 27 loans.

Art Loan: California Center for the Arts Escondido (CCAE) Exhibition, Jan 8 – Feb 28, 2015, Contemporary Constructions: Selections from the Strauss Family Foundation, consisting of 22 POF works of art.

Art Loan: Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) Galleries; two-year loan commencing Feb 11, 2014; Frank Stella: Mogielnica III, 1972, Polish Village Series (10’ x 10’).

Art Loan: Wexner Center for the Arts (Ohio State University) Exhibition, Sep 19 – Dec 27, 2015. Fred Wilson: Picasso, Whose Rules?, 1991, for inclusion in a major exhibition.

Art Loan: Museum Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD), exhibition “Local Masters, Sep 19, 2015 – Jan. 10,2016: Julian Schnabel, Beatriz Milhazes, Georg Baselitz.

Art Loan: San Diego State University (SDSU) Exhibition, downtown gallery, Oct 27, 2015 – Jan 27, 2016. Presence: Selections from the Strauss Family Foundation, consisting of 31 art works and accompanied by an illustrated brochure.

Gallery Visits: There were 11 visits to the Foundation Gallery and 1,185 visitors to view Foundation art (add count of SDSU Downtown Gallery Exhibition on going approx. 500 viewers as of Nov 12

Art under control of the Foundation: (as of Dec 2015): 70 art works (2 Foundation purchases). There were a total of 57 loans.

Art Loan: Exhibition: Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) Galleries; Frank Stella: Mogielnica III, 1972, Polish Village Series (10’ x 10’); two-year loan commencing Feb 11, 2014.

Art Loan: Exhibition: After Picasso: 80 Contemporary Artists, Wexner Center for the Arts (Ohio State University), Sep 19 – Dec 27, 2015, extended through Feb 2017. Fred Wilson: Picasso, Whose Rules?, 1991, for inclusion in a major exhibition.

Art Loan (Strauss Family Trust): Exhibition: Museum Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD), Local Masters, Sep 19, 2015 – Jan 10, 2016: Julian Schnabel, Beatriz Milhazes, Georg Baselitz.

Art Loan: Exhibition: San Diego State University (SDSU), Downtown Gallery, Oct 27, 2015 – Jan 27, 2016. “Presence: Selections from the Strauss Family Foundation,” consisting of 16 art works and accompanied by an illustrated brochure.

Art Loan (Strauss Family Trust): Exhibition: Donald Sultan: The Disaster Paintings. The Lowe Museum, Miami; The Modern, Ft. Worth; The Smithsonian American Art Museum, DC; N. Carolina Museum of Art; The Sheldon Museum of Art, Kansas; Aug 29, 2016 – May 13, 2018; Donald Sultan: Veracruz, 1986.

Art Loan: Exhibition: Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) Downtown; MacArthur Binion: DNA Black Painting II, 2015, Exhibition Dec 15, 2016 – Apr 30, 2017.

Art Loan (Strauss Family Trust): Exhibition: Richard Deacon: What You See Is What You Get; San Diego Museum of Art (SDMA), Mar 25- Jul 25, 2017. Richard Deacon: Tomorrow, 2000.

Art Gift: Strauss Family Trust gift the Foundation: Kunisada Toyokuni III, circa 1850, Untitled, on Nov 5, 2016.

Art Gift: Strauss Family Trust gift the Foundation: Yin Xiuzhen, 2009, Untitled Clothes, on Dec 16, 2016.

Art Purchase: Jack Whitten, Cupcakes II, 2013 on May 16, 2016.

Gallery Visits: There were 14 visits to the Foundation Gallery plus one major museum exhibitions (San Diego State University SDSU) totaling 1,604 visitors to view Foundation art – including 16 piece exhibition at SDSU Downtown Galley Exhibition of 1,442 viewers.

Art under control of the Foundation: (as of Dec 31, 2016): Art under control of The Foundation: 74 art works including 50 gifts from M&I Strauss and 24 Foundation purchases. There were a total of 13 loans.

Art Loan (POF): Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Oct 19, 2016. McArthur Binion, DNA: Black Painter: II, 2015. Oil paint stick and paper on board. 72 x 48 in. Collaboration of San Diego African Am. Museum Fine Art, Dec 15 – Apr 30, 2017. (Extended through Jan 31, 2018). MacArthur Binion was in the 2017 Venice Biennale.

Art Loan (POF): University of California Davis, Shrem Museum of Art. McArthur Binion, DNA: Black Painter: II, 2015. Oil paint stick, paper on board. 72 x 48 in. Sep 28 – Dec 28, 2017.

Art Loan (POF): The Modern, Ft. Worth TX, Artist: Sultan, Donald (USA)
Title: Veracruz, Nov. 18, 1986. Painting (oil, tar, linoleum tiles, plaster on panel). 21 x 41 in. The Modern: Donald Sultan: The Disaster Paintings (Aug 2016-Jun 2018): Lowe Art Museum Sep-Dec 2016; Modern Art Museum Fort Worth Feb-Apr 2017; Smithsonian American Art Museum May-Sep 2017; No. Carolina Museum of Art Sep-Dec 2017; Sheldon Museum of Art Jan-May 2018.

Art Loan (SFT): San Diego Museum of Art (SDMA). Artist: Deacon, Richard (UK)
Title: Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow(G), 2000. Sculpture (ceramic). 63 x 42 in. Mar 25 – Jul 25, 2017

Art Loan (SFT to POF): Artist: Moses, Ed (USA)
Title: Therm Reac-tor, 1993
Artist Birth Date: 1926 -
Medium: Painting (acrylic & shellac on canvas)
Art Type: Original
Subject: Abstract w/figurative element
Dimensions Framed: 78 x 66 in. INDEFINITE LOAN SFT TO POF (2017)

Strauss Family Trust Art (SFT) Gifts: Artist: Xiuzhen, Yin (China). Title: Untitled Clothes, 2009. Still Life created from clothes. 95/11/16 * 96/7/16 in.

Art Purchase: Roy Lichtenstein, Imperfect Diptych, 57-7/8 x 93-3/4 in (unframed). 1988 edition 10 of 45. Twenty-one color woodcut/screen print/collage. Produced by Gemini

Foundation Gallery and Collection Art showings: There were 18 visits to the Foundation Gallery totaling 373 visitors to view Foundation art.

Art under control of the Foundation: 75 art works including 50 gifts from M&I Strauss and 25 Foundation purchases. There were a total of 10 loans.

Art Loan (POF): The Modern, Ft. Worth TX, Sultan, Donald (USA), Veracruz, Nov. 18, 1986. The Modern: “Donald Sultan: The Disaster Paintings” (Aug 2016-Jun 2018): Lowe Art Museum Sep-Dec 2016; Modern Art Museum Fort Worth Feb-Apr 2017; Smithsonian American Art Museum May-Sep 2017; No. Carolina Museum of Art Sep-Dec 2017; Sheldon Museum of Art Jan-May 2018. (SFT to POF Gift 2017)

Art Loan (SFT to POF): Ed Moses, Therm Reac-tor, 1993. (SFT to POF Gift 2017)

Art Loan (SFT): Mnuchin Gallery, New York. Artist: Sean Scully, Bars of Light, 2002, for exhibition Feb. 27 – Apr. 14, accompanied by fully illustrated catalogue, forward by Michael, ours illustrated page 42. (02.22.18)

Art Loan (SFT to POF): Ross Bleckner, Ninth Examined Life, 1991 to Strauss Family Foundation Gallery; Exhibition from Aug. 18, 2018 indefinitely. (08.18.18)

Art Loan (SFT to POF): Ross Bleckner, Purple Dome, 1993 to Strauss Family Foundation Gallery; Exhibition from Aug. 18, 2018 indefinitely. (08.18.18)

Art Loan (SFT to POF): Sterling Ruby, Untitled, 2015, to Strauss Family Foundation Gallery; Exhibition from Aug. 18, 2018 to Nov. 25, 2018. (08.18.18)

Art Loan (SFT): Louisiana Museum Modern Art, Copenhagen, Denmark. Artist: Cecily Brown, All the Nightmares Came Today, 2012, to exhibition from Aug. 11, 2018 to Mar. 03, 2019, accompanied by catalogue, forward by XX ours illustrated on page XX. (08.18.18)

Art Purchases: In 2018, the Foundation purchased a total of 14 new works from world-class artists including Jean-Michel Basquiat, Trudy Benson (2), Caitlin Lonegan, Elizabeth Malaska, Jonathan Meese, Birgit Megerle (2), Aliza Nisenbaum, Paul Onditi (2), Carrie Mae Weems, Alison Zuckerman and Yves Zurstrassen.

Art Gifts (SFT to POF): Ed Moses, (USA) Therm Reac-tor, 1993

Art Gift (SFT to POF): Donald Sultan, (USA), Veracruz Nov. 18, 1986

Foundation Gallery and Collection Art showings: There were 21 visits to the Foundation Gallery totaling 537 visitors to view Foundation art (see attached). There were no extended gallery art loans to local institutions. However, we had 10 visits from universities, community colleges, museums, public institutions. The POF galleries are so large & complete with 90 works of world class, there is no longer need to lend out to regionals as they can come here readily by appointment.

Art under control of the Foundation: (as of November 2018): 90 art works including 52 gifts from M&I Strauss and 38 Foundation purchases. There were a total of 10 loans.

Art Loan (SFT): Mnuchin Gallery, New York, Sean Scully, Bars of Light, 2002, exhibition Feb. 27 – Apr. 14, 2018, I catalogue, ours illustrated Page 42. (02.22.18).

Art Loan (SFT to POF): Ross Bleckner, Ninth Examined Life, 1991 to Strauss Family Foundation Gallery; Exhibition Aug. 18, 2018 indefinitely. (08.18.18).

Art Loan (SFT to POF): Ross Bleckner, Purple Dome, 1993 to Strauss Family Foundation Gallery; Exhibited Aug. 18, 2018 indefinitely. (08.18.18), . (Gifted from the Trust Collection to the Foundation in 2018.)

Art Loan (SFT to POF): Sterling Ruby, Several Wolves (window pane), 2018, to Strauss Family Foundation Gallery; Exhibited Aug. 18, 2018 to Nov. 25, 2018. (08.18.18).

Art Loan (SFT): Louisiana Museum Modern Art, Copenhagen, Denmark, Cecily Brown, All the Nightmares Came Today, 2012 exhibition from Aug. 11, 2018 to Mar. 03, 2019, catalogue, ours illustrated on page (08.18.18)

Art Loan (SFT to POF): Alex Katz, Maria at Night, 1998, exhibited Jun 5 – Sep 6, 2019.

Art Loan (SFT): Larry Pittman, How Sweet the Day After This and That, 1988, UCLA Hammer Museum, LA, CA. exhibited Sep. 29 – Jan 5, 2020.

Art Gift (SFT to POF): Art gift SFT to POF, Ross Bleckner, Ninth Examined Life, loan to POF indefinite Aug. 2018 to present, gifted to POF Dec. 27, 2019.

Art Gift (SFT to POF): Art gift SFT to POF, Kenneth Noland, Sunshine and Snow, 1994, loan to POF indefinite Aug. 2008 to present, gifted to POF Dec. 29, 2019.

Art Purchase: 04/03/19: David Altmejd, Fan of Sole, 2017, Fiberglass resin sculpture, 2013.

Art Purchase: 05/03/19: Sabine Moritz, Border Checkpoint, 2010, charcoal. oil crayon, pastel on paper.

Art Purchase: 05/03/19: Sabine Moritz, Battlefield, 2012, charcoal. oil crayon, pastel on paper.

Art Purchase: 05/03/19: Sabine Moritz, Helikopter Grey, 2012, charcoal. oil crayon, pastel on paper.

Art Purchase: Fabio Viale, Contemporary Venus, 2017, white Carrara marble sculpture 8’ x 6’x 5.5’covered with tattoos.

Foundation Gallery and Collection Art showings: There were 23 visits to the Foundation Gallery totaling 674 visitors to view Foundation art. However, we had 18 visits from universities, community colleges, museums, public institutions. The POF galleries contain 100 works of world class art. Regional art institutions come here regularly by appointment for tours.

Art under control of the Foundation: (as of December 2019: 99 art works including 54 gifts from M &I Strauss and 45 Foundation purchases.

Art Loan (SFT): Larry Pittman, How Sweet the Day After This and That, 1988, UCLA Hammer Museum, LA, CA. exhibited Sep. 29 – Jan 5, 2020.

Art Loan (SFT to POF): Mickalene Thomas, October 1977, 2019, SFT to POF loan, Dec 9, 2019 – Mar 25, 2020.

Art Loan (SFT to POF): Fiona Rae, Cute Motion! So Lovely! 2005. SFT to POF loan, Jan 6, 2020 – indefinitely

Art Loan (POF): Kahn & Selesnick, High Water Mark, 2012. POF Loan to Lux Art Institute Kahn & Selesnick Exhibition, Apr 4 – May 30, 2020

Art Purchase: Sara VanDerBeek, Roman Woman VIII, 2013, two digital C-Prints, purchased 04/29/20.

Art Purchase: Nalini Malani, Little Girls Shouldn’t Wander Off, 2017, Reverse painted acrylic, ink, and enamel on acrylic sheet, in three parts (19.3 x 27.4 in each), purchased 09/12/20

Eric Aho, Tiered Falls, 2019, Oil on linen, purchased 10/20/20

Art Gift (SFT to POF): Ross Bleckner, Ninth Examined Life, 1991, . Gifted from the Trust Collection to the Foundation in Dec 27, 2019.

Art Gift (SFT to POF): Kenneth Noland, Sunshine and Snow, 1994, . Gifted from the Trust Collection to the Foundation in Dec 29, 2019.

Foundation Gallery and Collection Art showings: There were 2 visits to the Foundation Gallery totaling 52 visitors to view Foundation art. COVID-19 pandemic forced the suspension of tours as of March 1, 2020, resuming TBD.

Art under control of the Foundation: (as of September 2020: 103 art works including 55 gifts from M&I Strauss and 48 Foundation purchases.

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