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San Diego Museum Of Art Brings Little-Known Masterpieces Out Of Storage

Andy Warhol, Happy Butterfly Day, 1956 Lithograph in a drawer at the San Dieg...

Credit: San Diego Museum of Art

Above: Andy Warhol, Happy Butterfly Day, 1956 Lithograph in a drawer at the San Diego Museum of Art. Dec. 2016

San Diego Museum Of Art Brings ‘Little-Known Masterpieces’ Out Of Storage

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Michael Brown, associate curator of European art, San Diego Museum of Art

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The San Diego Museum of Art didn’t have to travel far to find the rarely seen art pieces in its latest exhibition.

All 300 works of art were previously stored in vaults in the museum’s own basement.

“We wanted to find a way to increase the number of objects we can offer to our visitors," said Michael Brown, associate curator of European art for the San Diego Museum of Art.

The exhibition “Visible Vaults” features paintings, prints and sculptures, including works by Andy Warhol and a rare Henry Moore sculpture from 1939. Brown said some of the lesser-known pieces on exhibit are too light sensitive to display in a traditional gallery.

"With Visible Vaults, we have the chance to maintain their light sensitivity and safety by keeping them in drawers that the public can come in and open themselves. They are a real treasure for San Diego," he said.

Brown discusses the art on display in "Visible Vaults" Tuesday on Midday Edition. The exhibition runs through 2019.

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