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The Daphne Farago Collection of Decorative Arts

5.20.18 / 10:00 am

Sold for the benefit of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Daphne Farago collected art with curiosity, intellect, and passion. Always drawn to objects that were handmade and that expressed the individuality of the maker, she initially collected American folk art before turning her attention to contemporary studio craft in the 1990s. Early on, Mrs. Farago decided that she wanted to build a collection of museum quality. She eagerly researched the field, sought advice from curators and scholars, and formed relationships with artists and gallerists while assembling one of the finest collections in the field.
As both an ambitious collector and involved philanthropist, Mrs. Farago created a lasting legacy at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She made her first gift of art to the MFA in 1996 and subsequently donated well over 1,000 objects during her lifetime and through her estate. Gifts from her collection (including jewelry, fiber arts, and other contemporary craft) have appeared in numerous MFA exhibitions and publications. To promote the study and appreciation of studio craft, she provided funding for exhibitions and an endowment for the annual Daphne Farago Lecture on Jewelry. In recognition of her many contributions, in 2011 the MFA named a gallery in the Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art the Daphne and Peter Farago Gallery. Through Mrs. Farago’s generous bequest to the MFA, proceeds from this sale of a portion of her collection will provide additional support for the Museum and its educational mission. The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston remains grateful to Daphne Farago for her remarkable foresight and generosity, which has ensured that her passion for contemporary craft will be shared with wide audiences for generations to come.

Kelly Hays | Director, Gifts of Art
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Exhibition hours:
May 12–17, 12 noon–5:00 pm
May 18, 12 noon–7:00 pm
Doors open May 19/20 at 9:00 am

The Daphne Farago Collection of Decorative Arts