A Centennial Celebration: The Life of Norton Simon

As part of the Museum's year of celebration of the centennial of Norton Simon's birth, a special exhibition space has been dedicated to Mr. Simon.

A Centennial Celebration features a graphic timeline that visually recounts the life and work of Norton Simon. Pairing informative text with rarely seen photographs from the Museum's archives, the installation explores Simon's many accomplishments in business and in the art world. This chronology includes his childhood in Oregon, his swift ascent in the business world, the important relationships he developed and the pivotal moments in his life-including his venture into politics. Simultaneously, the timeline follows Simon's interests and acquisitions as a collector, from his first purchase in the 1950s, to several memorable moments in the auction rooms. Information and reproductions of works of art he bought, and sold, in his lifetime, provide further insight into the building of his exceptional collection.

From a humble family portrait from the early 20th century to selections from his 1965 Fortune magazine feature, A Centennial Celebration illustrates Simon's remarkable life and serves as a fitting tribute to a man who left such a significant gift to Pasadena and the world.