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"Julian Schnabel: Symbols of Actual Life" Conversation and Public Opening

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Julian Schnabel Studio Legion of Honor Public Opening Conversation

Julian Schnabel's studio in Montauk, New York, 2017. Photo by Tom Powel Imaging, © Julian Schnabel Studio

Julian Schnabel in conversation with Max Hollein

6–6:30 pm, doors open at 5:45 pm
Gunn Theater, Legion of Honor

Join us for a conversation between celebrated painter Julian Schnabel and Max Hollein, director of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, on the occasion of his site-specific installation of paintings made for the Legion of Honor's grand Court of Honor. 

This program is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and first come, first served. No reservations will be taken. RSVP’ing for the Public Opening Celebration will not guarantee you a seat for the conversation.

Public Opening Celebration

6:30–8:30 pm
Legion of Honor

The Legion of Honor will host a free opening reception for the exhibition Julian Schnabel: Symbols of Actual Life. The galleries will be open until 8:45 pm and refreshments will be provided at a cash bar. Space is limited, RSVP today!


Since 1977, Julian Schnabel (b. 1951) has captured people’s imagination with paintings that speak to his incessant appetite for sculptural physicality, material diversity, and pictorial symbolism that have resulted in ever more audaciously scaled paintings that oscillate between abstraction and figuration.

Julian Schnabel’s work has been shown at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville; White Cube, London; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Tate Gallery, London; Städtische Kunsthalle Düsseldorf; Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; and Musée National d’Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris. 

Ticket Information

RSVP  for the Public Opening, space is limited!


Please note your RSVP is for the Public Opening only and will not guarantee a seat at the Conversation. Seating in the Gunn Theatre is on a first come, first served basis.

Contact Information
(415) 750-3600