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Kimbell Museum of Art

The Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth is the gift of the late Kay Kimbell to the world, as he laid forth the plans for his foundation to build and operate a public art museum of the highest order. The Kimbell Art Museum is located on a nine-and-a-half-acre lot donated by the City of Fort Worth in Amon Carter Square Park near two other museums: the Amon Carter Museum, and the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.

Upon opening of the museum, the collection of the museum was based primarily upon the personal collection of Kay Kimbell. Kimbell's original collection consisted mostly of British art of the eighteenth and nineteenth century. Founding director Richard Fargo Brown's taste defined the early growth of the museum's collection with pieces by Rembrandt van Rijn and Peter Paul Rubens.

As time progressed and the museum grew, so did the scope of the collection. With the second museum director came the addition of African, Asian, and Mesoamerican art. In the early 1990's the Kimbell Art Museum became the second richest art museum in the world with 7-8 million dollars in money for the acquisition of new art. The present collection includes pieces by Giovanni Bellini, Rubens, Claude Lorrain, Poussin, Goya, David, Picasso, Cézanne, Miró, and Piet Mondrian.

Having recently hosted "The Quest for Immortality: Treasures of Ancient Egypt" collection (May 4-September 14, 2003), a collection that has been called the most important collection to come out of Egypt since the Tutankhamun collection, the Kimbell Art Museum has gained special recognition world-wide through its international loan program. Special collections to come through the Kimbell include:

  • The Blood of Kings: A New Interpretation of Mayan Art (May 17-August 24, 1986)
  • Poussin, the Early Years in Rome: The Origins of French Classicism (September 24-November 27, 1988)
  • The Great Age of Japanese Buddhist Sculpture (September 8-October 31, 1982)
  • The Paintings of Jusepe de Ribera (December 4, 1982-February 2, 1983)
  • Spanish Still Life in the Golden Age (May 11-August 3, 1985)

    Admission to the permanent collection is free, but there is a charge for special exhibits. For more information call the Kimbell Art Museum at 817.332.8451.