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Johnson exhibit opens at museum: Titled “Kindred Spirit: the Personal Worlds of William Johnson,” the exhibit focuses on the people and places in his life.

on Monday, 29 March 2021. Posted in Good life, News, Local News

Johnson exhibit opens at museum: Titled “Kindred Spirit: the Personal Worlds of William Johnson,” the exhibit focuses on the people and places in his life.

The Florence County Museum celebrated the 120th anniversary of William H. Johnson’s birth with a new exhibit of his work on March 19. 

The exhibit, titled “Kindred Spirit: the Personal Worlds of William H. Johnson,” focuses on the artist’s relationships with the people and places in his life. 

The 24 works on display include paintings from his time in France, Denmark, and New York. Others explore more personal themes, like Johnson’s spiritual and family life, and his hometown of Florence. 

Of particular interest are a recently conserved tapestry woven by Johnson’s wife, Holcha Krake, and a portrait bust of Holcha’s sister sculpted by 20th century German expressionist, Christoph Voll, Johnson’s brother-in-law. Both works, along with others in the exhibit were acquired by the museum from Johnson’s family descendants in Denmark. 

The exhibit combines resources from the museums permanent collections, and also features works on loan from private collections, as well as from the Amistad Research Center in New Orleans.

“This exhibit brings together all of the significant moments in the story of Johnson’s art and life,” said Curator Stephen W. Motte.

The Florence County Museum Board is grateful to McLeod Health for their sup-port of this exhibit. Along with the Florence County Museum, McLeod Health is committed to preserving the legacy of William H. John-son.

A public reception and lecture coinciding with the exhibit was held Sunday.

The Florence County Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays from 2 to 5 p.m.


Top, a tapestry woven by William H. Johnson’s wife, Holcha Krake, is on display at the Florence County Museum.


A portrait bust of Holcha Krake’s sister sculpted by German expressionist Christoph Voll, Johnson’s brother-in-law.

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