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Kimbell Art Museum
A small collection of less than 350 works, the Kimbell Art Museum has been heralded as Americaâ€™s best small museum, with a breathtaking collection and exceptional traveling exhibitions from around the world. The Museum's holdings range in period from antiquity to the 20th century, including European masterpieces by Fra Angelico, Caravaggio, El Greco, La Tour, Rubens, VelĂˇzquez, Rembrandt, Houdon, Goya, David, Monet, CĂ©zanne, Picasso, Matisse, and Mondrian. It also has important collections of Egyptian, Near Eastern, Greek and Roman antiquities, as well as Asian, Mesoamerican, and African arts.
The Kimbell Art Museum is widely regarded as one of the most outstanding architectural achievements of the modern era. Designed by the American architect Louis I. Kahn (1901â€“1974), the Museum has won wide acclaim for its classic modern building since its opening in 1972.
Kahnâ€™s innovative use of natural light and subtle articulation of space and materials greatly enhance the experience of the art. Kahn envisioned a museum with â€śthe luminosity of silver.
Permanent Collection Highlights (4)
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The Kimbell Art Museum's holdings range in period from antiquity to the 20th century, including masterpieces by Duccio, Fra Angelico, Mantegna, Caravaggio, El Greco, La Tour, Rubens, VelĂˇzquez, Rembrandt, Houdon, Goya, David, Monet, CĂ©zanne, Picasso, Matisse, and Mondrian. The museum also has important collections of Egyptian, Near Eastern, Greek, and Roman antiquities, as well as Asian, Mesoamerican, and African arts.
The Kimbell Art Museum provides an ongoing program of interpretative exhibitions and publications. Displays initiated and organized by the Museum include "The Blood of Kings: A New Interpretation of Maya Art," "Monet and the Mediterranean," "Matisse and Picasso: A Gentle Rivalry," "BartolomĂ© Esteban Murillo (1617â€“1682)," "Stubbs and the Horse," and "Gauguin and Impressionism," as well as important retrospectives dedicated to Elisabeth Louise VigĂ©e Le Brun, Jusepe de Ribera, Nicolas Poussin, Giambattista Tiepolo, and Georges de La Tour.
The Museum has also hosted major traveling exhibitions, such as "Impressionist Masterpieces from the Barnes Collection: CĂ©zanne to Matisse," "From Renoir to Picasso: Masterpieces from the MusĂ©e de lâ€™Orangerie," "Mondrian (1892â€“1914): The Path to Abstraction," and "The Quest for Immortality: Treasures of Ancient Egypt."
"Drama and Desire: Japanese Paintings from the Floating World, 1690â€“1850"
February 11â€“April 29, 2007
"The Mirror and the Mask: Portraiture in the Age of Picasso"
June 17â€“September 16, 2007
"Picturing the Bible: The Earliest Christian Art"
November 18, 2007â€“March 30, 2008
Admission to the Museumâ€™s permanent collection is free.
There are varying admission fees charged for special exhibitions.
Tuesdaysâ€“Thursdays and Saturdays, 10 a.m.â€“5 p.m.
Fridays, noonâ€“8 p.m.
Sundays, noonâ€“5 p.m.
Closed New Yearâ€™s Day, July 4, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day.
The Buffet at the Kimbell
For a business lunch or a casual gathering with friends, relax in the ambiance of one of the most beautiful modern buildings in America and enjoy Shelby Schaferâ€™s famous homemade soups, salads, sandwiches, quiche, light entrĂ©es, and guilt-free desserts. Friday evenings at the Kimbell feature a light dinner buffet of soups, salads, pasta dishes, and tortes, with a selection of wines and other beverages. After dinner, take a stroll through the galleries or settle in for some of the best live music in town in front of the beautiful Maillol Courtyard. Menus change weekly, but favorites include chilled guacamole soup, delicious chicken salad, the Kimbell's famous chili, and for dessert, raspberry truffle brownies!
Tuesdaysâ€“Thursdays and Saturdays, 11:30 a.m.â€“2 p.m.
Fridays and Sundays, noonâ€“2 p.m.
Desserts only: Tuesdaysâ€“Sundays, 2â€“4 p.m.
Dinner: Fridays, 5:30â€“7:30 p.m.
The Museum Shop
Both scholarly and popular titles on art, architecture, and archaeology, as well as childrenâ€™s and gift books are available in the Museum Shop. Visitors will also find postcards, notecards, posters, Kimbell Art Museum merchandise, art-inspired jewelry, and reproductions from the permanent collection and special exhibitions.
Barrier-free access to the Museum is at the Arch Adams Street entrance. Wheelchairs are available upon request.
Museum internal and external photos (5)
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The Museum offers a full schedule of public programs to promote appreciation of the collection and special exhibitions, including symposia featuring guest speakers; regular lectures and gallery talks by the professional staff, regional artists, and guest scholars; films on art; a book discussion club; summer camps for children; family festivals; and family gallery guides. Workshops on the artsâ€”specially designed to share the resources of the Museum with all levels of the communityâ€”are held regularly for children, high-school students, deaf and hard-of-hearing students, and adults of all ages, and are based on the principle that increased understanding is the key to an expanded enjoyment of art.
Discounted exhibition tickets for groups of 20 or more are available with a reservation for a specific date and time, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. For reservations, call 817-332-8451, ext. 229. Reservations for groups should be made at least two weeks in advance. Tuesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays are not available for group visits.
Docent-Guided School Tours
Reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance; designated tour times are subject to availability. Call 817-332-8451, ext. 249, or visit www.kimbellart.org.
Patron members of the Kimbell receive free unlimited priority admission to all special exhibitions. Other membership privileges include generous discounts at the Museum Shop, the Museumâ€™s award-winning Calendar magazine, and Patron Preview invitations. Become a member of the Kimbell for as little as $65 a year. For details on all levels of membership and benefits, call 817-332-8451, ext. 276; stop by the Membersâ€™ Ticket Office during your next visit; or visit www.kimbellart.org.
The Kimbell does not rent out its facilities for rentals of any kind.