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Renowned Embacher Collection coming to Portland Art Museum

Posted by on November 7th, 2012 at 1:04 pm

Screen grab of PAM email announcing the exhibit.

The Portland Art Museum has just announced that their summer exhibition schedule will include Cyclepedia: A Century of Iconic Bicycle Design. The exhibit is based on the book by the same name which documents the bike collection of Vienna-based designer and bike connoisseur Michael Embacher.

According to Stephanie Parrish, the museum’s Associate Director of Education and Public Programs, PAM will be the first institution in the U.S. to present Embacher’s collection, which they describe as “one of the most important bicycle collections in the world.” In addition to showing the bikes, Parrish says the museum is, “eager to talk to folks who will have great ideas about how to leverage the exhibition to feature and celebrate Portland’s bike culture.”

“As “America’s Best Bike City,” according to Bicycling Magazine,” read an email sent on Friday to museum members, “we will be creating partnerships and collaborations across the city to extend the exhibition through a variety of programs and activities celebrating the art of the bicycle.”

I can’t wait to see this exhibition. From kids bikes to cargo bikes and everything in between, Embacher’s collection of 200 functioning and very rare bicycles is truly something to behold. Here are just a few…

Stay tuned for more details on this exciting exhibit and possible related events that will take place.

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  • Case November 7, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    This is exactly why I’m happy to renew my PAM membership every year.

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  • Mark Allyn November 7, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    Remind me when we get close. I will have to make something to wear specifically for this!

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  • Hart Noecker November 7, 2012 at 2:28 pm


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  • Spiffy November 7, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    for some reason the first thing that came to mind was “lock, alarm, and LoJack the trailer those are moved in”…

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  • Erik E November 7, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    Cannot wait to ride over there and check it out!

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  • Rol November 7, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    Obvious slam-dunk for the local tie-in: Exhibit bikes by local builders… if possible, ones inspired by bikes in the collection or ones like them.

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  • dwainedibbly November 7, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    This will be a great followup to the Automobile exhibit that was there in the Summer of 2011. For that one, every saturday they had a different local car club (or clubs) showing off cars on the park blocks near the museum. I expect that a lot of people who don’t go to PAM were enticed by that one. Hopefully the “related events” for the Embacher exhibition will be just as good. I’m hoping for some good lecture events, too. (The Blastolene Brothers gave a great talk as part of the automobile thing, for example.)

    Mrs Dibbly & I are members as well. For us, it’s a nice use of some of our limited entertainment budget.

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  • Chris Shaffer November 7, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    Very nice. However, as a member, I did not get an email on Friday. Are you sure they sent an announcement to members?

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