This exhibition celebrates the 40th anniversary of the opening of the Kimbell Art Museum on October 4, 1972. It looks back to the Museum’s genesis and showcases the architectural achievements, pivotal acquisitions, important exhibitions, and historic events that have made it into the world-renowned institution it is today. The exhibition will begin with the vision of the Kimbell’s founders, Kay and Velma Kimbell, to establish a public art museum “of the first class” in Fort Worth, as well as the forward-thinking decision by the Kimbell Art Foundation board of directors and the Museum’s first director, Richard F. Brown, to form a collection of works of art that epitomize their eras and styles. For this milestone exhibition, more than 220 masterpieces will be displayed throughout the Museums' galleries in the largest-ever permanent collection installation. To tell the story of four decades of collecting, works of art will be arranged in chronological order by the year in which they were acquired, rather than by period or by the culture from which they originated. Included will be works by European masters Michelangelo, Caravaggio, Poussin, Monet, and Matisse, as well as antiquities and important pieces of Asian, African, and Precolumbian art. The exhibition will also feature seldom-seen architectural models and archival photographs of the iconic Louis I. Kahn building, as well as architectural renderings and a model of the highly anticipated Renzo Piano building, which is scheduled to open in 2013.
Afterwards, we'll go have lunch together (to be determind).