Erivan Haub and his wife Helga, a billionaire couple from Germany, have donated the majority of their art collection to the Tacoma Art Museum. Comprised of over 280 works, this donation is significant to the city of Tacoma, but also to the Northwest Coast art world. The Haubs have always been intrigued by the American West, and many of their works are nineteenth-century paintings by European artists who visited or settled in the West during its early years.
Their collection also includes First Nations pieces – both historical and contemporary – which reflect the Haubs’ passion for this part of the world. Director Stephanie Stebich has also stated that she is currently acquiring “baskets and blankets from area tribes to add further depth and meaning to what promises to be a landmark exhibit of Native American and American West artworks”.
To make room for this significant collection, TAM is also adding a new wing which is set to be complete by mid-2014. While the Haubs have confirmed that they are contributing a vast sum for the wing as well, they have not released a specific amount. Tacoma is just a short drive from Vancouver, and TAM will definitely be a destination once the new wing is complete.