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Roos Family – Andrew DeVries
The 2013 exhibition Homage to Dance celebrated the work of renowned American visual artist Andrew DeVries. More than forty bronze sculptures and twenty pastel drawings were displayed in the Museum, in addition to five large-scale sculptures installed in the front garden. A foremost sculptor of dance, DeVries has garnered inspiration from studios in the United States and around the world including Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Académie de Danse Princesse Grace in Monaco, The Juilliard School, and Jacob’s Pillow. Homage to Dance represented DeVries’s largest exhibition to date and prompted a significant acquisition for the Museum soon thereafter. In 2015, an important collection of seven bronze sculptures by DeVries, amassed by Beverly Roos, was given to the Museum by the Roos family in her honor. Among the works are Apollo (2011), Terpsichore (1994), and Seagull (2004). Modeled after former Hamburg Ballet principal dancer Heather Jurgensen, Seagull is also installed at the Ballettzentrum Hamburg, the company’s training facility and home to the School of the Hamburg Ballet.