Dorothy Kosinski, the director of the Phillips Collection, has been recognized with the Order of the Italian Star for her outstanding contributions to the arts and promotion of Italian culture. The ambassador to Italy, Armando Varricchio, presented the award during a ceremony at his residence in Washington, DC, on December 11.
“I am honored to accept this special award and feel that the honor is really due the Phillips Collection and its longstanding and rich relationship with the arts of Italy,” Kosinski said. “The Phillips Collection has featured major exhibitions of Modigliani and Morandi, for example. We have organized exhibitions that have been featured in Perugia, Rovereto, Venice, and Rome. I am grateful to the special friendships with our colleagues at the Italian Embassy and for our fruitful collaborations with them.”
Kosinski has been the director of the Phillips Collection since 2008. She is the former senior curator of painting and sculpture at the Dallas Museum of Art; she has also served as an independent curator for the Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, the Kunstmuseum Basel, and the Royal Academy of Arts in London. In August 2013, former president Barack Obama appointed Kosinski to the National Council on the Humanities.