Modern Art Museum and the Kimbell Art Museum
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The cultural district is a little area filled with museums and the well loved Botanical Gardens. i wished I had the time to visit it all, but I guess it only gives me a reason to return and see more!
I got up early, highly out of character for me on a no-work day, and headed toward the museums. HAd a bit of trouble finding the Modern Art Museum. The buildings just did not read as museums to me; They looked more like university libraries or something similar.
Either way, I do eventually find the museum and a great parking spot by the front entrance. Loads of people are walking in between the Modern and the Kimbell and I know from the beginning that I will be doing the same thing.
I started with the Modern, because I have been on a Modern Art kick lately. I go through art phases like some go through hairstyles..
The building was huge and it felt colossal with its thick cement walls, high ceilings and layers of window glass! Though I don't think the building was nearly as large as it felt. I was happily surprise to learn that I came on the right day and was allowed to see the exhibits for free!!! (the first Sunday of every month!!)
I started with the downstairs and worked my way back then up.
The museum had several pieces by the prolific German Artist, Anselm Kiefer.
This museum had something that could please anyone! even the most stout anti modern art viewers.. In addition to the Warhols and Flavins there was also a small gallery exhibiting work from the Fort Worth Circle - A group of artist friends dating back to the 1950's who were responsible for the growth of art in the Fort Worth area.. I wish they had more than a small barely lit gallery space. I wasn't too crazy about the work on display nealry as much as I wanted to know more about the circle. There was one watercolor piece that I loved by the artist Bror Utter.
After a couple of hours of walking around and taking photos I make my way back downstairs to check out the museum store and then head to the Kimbell Art museum.
Kimbell Art Museum
The Kimbell Art Museum was located across the little side street. LIke the Modern, it too does not read as an Art Museum. The signage was small and easy to overlook. The entrance was concealed by building's architecture. A little drive way curving in front gave this feeling that I was, at first, walking up to the wrong door.. Again I wonder if that was intentional or and overlooked detail..
The Kimbell was free to enter, but the special exhibit required a purchased ticket. At this point I was kind of feeling a little museumed out, the growing crowds and hot temps were becoming more apparent, but still I wanted to see more art.
The interior exhibit space of the Kimbell was smaller than the Modern and the little side gallery spaces felt a bit more crowded. The exhibit as a whole was diverse and well put together. There was a mix of Classic sculpture, Dutch, Italian and French masters, some impressionists, a few Medieval Christian pieces and a small collection of African sculpture downstairs.
My favorite piece from the permanent collection was by the Belgian artist James Ensor titled - 'Skeletons Warming Themselves'. The piece reflected memories from his childhood when skeletal remains from 17th century bloodshed and battles were still commonly found in fields and shores. Ensor used these vivid images as commentary for "the human condition". Based on the additional imagery of a violin and palette, one assumes Ensor's grim commentary was aimed at the arts.
The Kimbell always promotes a special exhibit. This season it was Picasso and Braque: The Cubist Experiment 1910-1912. It was about the collaboration between the two artists in forming the beginning of Cubism.. Picasso is often granted full credit for this historic art phenomenon, but Braque was equally involved with the Cubist development. Just so you know!:)
It was a very interesting show to view, again very crowded as it was a popular exhibit, rightfully so. I wished I had came on a weekday morning when less people would have been there. It would have been easier for me to move about the gallery and examine the artwork without feeling like I was in somebody else's way.
After I was finished with the exhibit I wandered the Museum store, saw loads of books that I wanted to buy, but did not. Gotta save for the next big trip abroad! From there I walked back to my car and returned to the hotel room, a bit exhausted, and checked on how my father was doing with his truck.