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February 11, 2007
From journal Fort Worth - Where the West Begins
New York, New York
August 26, 2007
I visited the Kimbell Art Museum for one specific exhibit—"Drama and Desire: Japanese Paintings from the Floating World, 1690-1850." Though I certainly don’t claim to be an expert in this genre, I found this to be a really well-rounded collection and aesthetically beautiful; there was just enough to expand my knowledge and enjoy my time there without feeling overwhelmed.
"Drama and Desire" was the first exhibition to highlight this large a collection of Japanese ukiyo-e paintings. The works came from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and include 67 masterpieces by renowned artists like Hokusai, Utamaro, and Harunobu. The "floating world" refers to the pleasure quarters of Edo (today called Tokyo), which were frequented by actors, courtesans, rich patrons, and bohemians. The paintings in this exhibit depicted everything from elegant interiors with beautifully dressed courtesans to expressive portraits of Kabuki actors to the activities and occupants of the pleasure quarters, as well as contemporary life in Edo. I found the works stunning. The bright colors, intricate detail and true depictions of life made me feel as though I was being told the courtesan’s story from her mouth, or even as though I could jump right into a scene without skipping a beat.A full overview of the exhibit can be found here. (Please visit to see pictures of the works since photography wasn’t allowed inside!)Admission prices for this exhibition were $9 for adults, $7 for seniors age 60 and over and students with ID, and $5 for children between six and eleven. Children under six were free, as were museum members. An audio tour was included in the ticket price. From what I could tell, many of the other special exhibits were comparable in price.A bit of general information about the Kimbell Art Museum:When you approach the museum, you can’t help but notice its industrial look, and while it may not be my cup of tea (lots of concrete and a lack of any ornamentation), architect Louis I. Kahn won an award from the American Institute of Architects for the design. Aside from the Japanese exhibit I viewed, artwork here comes from all over the world, from ancient times to present day, with such masters as Renoir, Picasso, Rubens and Rembrandt. Admission is free to the museum's permanent collection (!!)The museum has a "Buffet Restaurant", which is open daily for lunch all week, and for dinner on Fridays, with snacks and beverages following lunch daily. I suggest the huge, gooey brownies.There is a great main gift shop and there was a smaller one specifically for the "Drama and Desire" exhibit. Hours:Mondays: ClosedTues/Wed/Thurs/Sat: 10am-5pmFriday: 12-8pmSunday 12-5pm
From journal Honky Tonkin' and Some High Culture in Ft. Worth
February 16, 2003
Visit the Kimball on a lazy afternoon when you want to slowly wander the world through the impressions of some of mankind's greatest painters and sculptors. The bottom floor of the Kimball often has rotating exhibits, some of which may be viewed for free. The second floor offers additional galleries that display art in the permanent collection in largely chronological order. What kind of art will you find, you ask? Only the highest quality but in a wide range of styles.
We started our self-guided tour of the museum by Bellini's Madonna and Child (circa 1470). I lingered longer at a different portrayal of the Madonna by Titian. I could not help but notice a small crease in the canvas, and I marveled that this was the only flaw on a painting that was several centuries old. I was thrilled to see Picasso's Nude Combing Her Hair as it is one of the few pieces by this master that really touches me (I am not a fan of his Cubist work though you will also find Man with a Pipe at the Kimbell). I wondered what the woman with the broad hips and thighs had been doing just a moment before. Making love to her husband? Taking a bath in the morning? The description on the wall calls her features "mask-like", but I think her face is just frozen in one of those moments where nothing in particular is heavy on her mind. Then there was the Cezanne I've seen a ga-billion times in books, Man in a Blue Smock. For the first time ever I could really notice the woman in the background over his shoulder. An exhibit by Modigliani was in the museum, too, also on the second floor the day I visited. This work was not part of the permanent gallery, but special exhibitions here are quite common. If the artist displayed at the time of your visit to the Kimbell is an artist whose work interests you, you'll find the cost of a ticket to view the exhibit to be quite modest (normally under $10).
Some particulars: General Admission: FREE Hours: Closed Mondays; T, W, Th, Sat 10am - 5pm; Fri 12 - 8pm; Sun 12 - 5pm.Small cafe offers buffet lunch and desserts. Dinner available on Fridays. Very nice Museum Shop worth a look. Need more information? Want to check out the current special exhibition? Visit the kimbell website here.
From journal Full of Cultural Worth
November 6, 2000
From journal Fort Worth, More than Cow Town!
Little Rock,, Arkansas
April 15, 2001
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