The Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation is the legacy of Frederick R. Weisman, an avid art collector, philanthropist and entrepreneur who acquired his Beverly Hills estate with his curator wife Billie in 1982 to house his extensive collection of 20th century art.
The estate is testament to Mr. Weisman’s dedication to championing talent, the creative process of the artist and the importance of publicising art as a way of stimulating society: intellectually and culturally. He believed in sharing his art with the public and not cosseting his investments.
Influential pieces, which waltz on his walls, include those by Picasso, Rothko, Miro, Bell, Stills and Johns. Everywhere you turn, a story is being told, a manifesto uncovered and there is always at least one coveted piece you would love to hang above your bed and meditate in front of daily, as Weisman did.
The Weisman Foundation is as Weisman intended, free, but a place must be booked on a guided tour in advance. The tours are led by extremely charismatic, eccentric yet knowledgeable docents, which I believe is of far greater value than meandering through rooms alone and pondering pieces without having any social or historical contexts divulged and without an added injection of docent humour: belly laughs at pop art.