About George R. Kravis II Collection
Over the past decade, George Kravis II, a Tulsa-based philanthropist and collector, has assembled one of the largest leading collections of industrial design in the U.S. Its focus is objects and products created by central figures in the history of design from Peter Berens to Yves Behar. International in scope, the George Kravis Collection includes works from c.1900 to the present, with particular strengths in American industrial design of the 1930s and ’40s. In early 2011, the Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa will announce a downtown expansion project with Gluckman Mayner Architects to house the Kravis Collection and the Eugene B. Adkins Collection of Native American and Southwestern Art. The museum’s previous 1990 expansion, thanks to George Kravis’ contribution–a museum trustee, has already transformed the Philbrook from a historic house museum to a modern museum complex. And now, with his recent gift of 250 significant modern and contemporary pieces from his iconic industrial design collection, Kravis has again enabled the museum to expand its focus to include design, lending an entirely new aspect to the Museum’s educational mission and to the visitor experience. Fifty selected works from this collection formed the core of the Philbrook’s 2009 exhibition “Better Living By Design,” curated by David Hanks and designed by Wendy Evans Joseph Architecture.