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Hope Gallery and Museum of Fine Art August 2007 Press Release

The historic Tracy Loan and Trust Co. Building will be Hope Gallery and Museum of Fine Art’s replacement downtown location and corporate headquarters. Built in 1916 and designed by prominent NYC architect Walter J. Cooper, the 15,000 sq/ft building reflects the Neo-Classical Revival style, yet offers modern structural and mechanical systems. It has been newly renovated with great care and detail towards the preservation of its unique historical features including beautiful walnut panels, marble floors, and stained glass. It is among the finest historic structures in Salt Lake City, and well known and revered location by older-generation Utahns.

This new location will continue to feature the distinctive collection of works by old Scandinavian and European masters from the 15th to early 20th centuries. Though the gallery specializes in the works of Old European masters, it holds a specialized focus on the Golden Age of Scandinavian art - particularly Danish works. Boasting the largest collection of original Danish works outside the national museums in Denmark, Hope Gallery displays originals by many of the most notable Danish artists: Bloch, Kroyer, Henningsen, Wegmann, Molsted and Monsted, to name a few.

Featured pieces include: Wenzel Tornoe's (a student of Carl Bloch) "Anskar Converting the Vikings to Christianity, 826 AD", an extraordinary masterpiece rivaling grand-scale paintings found in museums throughout the world; Elizabeth Jericho-Baumann's "Reading the Scriptures", commissioned by Napoleon Bonaparte III and Empress Eugene after seeing Baumann’s original at a show in London (it hung in Napoleon’s residence in London - later donated to the French Embassy in London after his death); Carl Bloch's "Father Needs to Sleep", recognized as one of his best known pieces outside his Christ series; and Hans Peter Lindeburg's historic "Ole Vind Preaching for King Christian and His Court", where a King Christian IV authorized Danish bible, similar to the one depicted in the painting, is on display in the gallery.

Hope Gallery also offers a unique portrait gallery displaying works by Danish artists Jens Juel (whose works are displayed at some of the most major museums in the world, including the Hermitage in Russia, and the National Gallery in London), Bertha Wegmann, P. S. Kroyer and Otto Bache.

Also featured will be the Giclee’d Carl Bloch series on the life of Christ, - acclaimed by some as the most prolific and exceptional series ever done on Jesus Christ.

President and owner Soren Edsberg has been collecting these works and those of his other two locations (totaling over three thousand original works of art), for the last 48 years.

151 South Main Street in Downtown Salt Lake City Open Monday thru Friday 10:00 - 5:30, Saturday 10:00 - 4:00 801-532-1336 www.hopegallery.com

May 7, 2007 - Salt Lake City Gallery is Relocating

Historic Tracy Loan and Trust Co. Building to be New SLC Location & Headquarters!

Located at 151 South Main Street in Downtown Salt Lake City, the Tracy Loan and Trust Co. Building will be Hope Gallery and Museum of Fine Art’s replacement downtown location and corporate headquarters. Built in 1916 and designed by prominent NYC architect Walter J. Cooper, the building reflects the Neo-Classical Revival style, yet offers modern structural and mechanical systems. It is among the finest historic structures in Salt Lake City.

This new location will continue to feature the distinctive collection of works by old Scandinavian and European masters from the 15th to early 20th centuries. Also featured will be the Carl Bloch series on the life of Christ, - acclaimed by some as the most prolific and exceptional series ever done on Jesus Christ.

Salt Lake City Gallery