By Lauren Lipton

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — This year the Philadelphia Museum of Art is having one smash exhibit after another, and 2014 will be just as exciting.

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("Portrait of Yi Jae," late eighteenth century, Korea.

(“Portrait of Yi Jae,” late eighteenth century, Korea. Image provided)

“The first major exhibition up next year is a grand survey, the first of its kind in this country, of the art and cultural accomplishments of the Joseon dynasty in Korea,” says Timothy Rub, the museum’s director and chief executive officer.  “American audiences are essentially unfamiliar with most Korean art, including this.  I believe it will be a revelation to audiences in this country.”

And Rub says there’s more:

“In May, over in our Perelman Building, we will do the first survey of the work of the little-known but much-loved American fashion designer Patrick Kelly, whose career was very, very brief.  An African-American born in Mississippi, Kelly burst on the scene in Paris in the early 1980s, and within a few years achieved international fame.  Unfortunately, his career was cut short by his tragic death in 1990.”

After that, he says, an exhibit featuring, among many, the great artist Georgia O’Keeffe.

“In the summertime, we’re going to change gear and present a survey of the masterpieces of American still-life painting.  Philadelphia played an extraordinary role in its history.  We had the Peale family, Charles Willson Peale, his children and his grandchildren, who were great, great still life painters.  We had John James Audubon active in Philadelphia.  So Philadelphia really set the tone from the beginning for the development of American still life.”

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And finally:

“And then in the fall, we’re going to change gear again, and do the first retrospective of the work of the great modernist photographer Paul Strand in more than four decades.  Strand was one of the key figures in the history of photography, but it could be argued that Strand was one of the key figures in the development of modern art.”

And, for this week, that’s “Positively Philadelphia!”

Hear the full interview with Timothy Rub in this CBS Philly podcast (runs 5:16)…

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