Kimbell Art Museum

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by barbara on February 16, 2003

The Kimbell Art Museum is one of the places you need to go while in Fort Worth. It's a small museum with a big budget, and its exhibits make quite an impression. Even the building in which the museum is housed has won awards for its design. As you move through the galleries on the top floor, make sure you notice the craftmanship of architect Louis Kahn. I loved the simple, cylindrically vaulted ceilings, which were well worth the look up. As for the art hanging on the walls....

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.

Kimbell Art Museum
3333 Camp Bowie Blvd.
Fort Worth, Texas, 76107
(817) 332-8451

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