A Day of Fine Art in Kansas City

September 10, 2007 at 1:33 pm 1 comment

On my 4th trip to Kansas City, I’m still amazed at how much I have not yet explored. My focus this time was on visiting the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. I had heard it had a fine collection and a brand new wing that opened this spring. (In fact, Midwest Airlines is one of the museum sponsors and offers a discount for travel to Kansas City to see it. Just book your ticket online at Midwest Airlines and use promo code CMZ8005 to save 10% on airfare to Kansas City.)

An Impressive Art Collection.
My benchmark for a great art collection is the Art Institute of Chicago. I grew up visiting that art museum and am always blown away by its grandeur. Well, the Nelson-Atkins Rodin’s signature on his sculpture, Adam.is no slouch — I was blown away by its grandeur and the impressive depth of its art collection. One of the first galleries I entered had several major sculptures, including Auguste Rodin’sRodin’s original bronze casting, The Thinker. Adam. In its expansive outdoor sculpture garden, I would discover yet another Rodin, The Thinker. Not a copy or imitation, but one of Rodin’s actual bronze castings. Rodin himself had supervised this casting before he died.

Ancient to Modern Art
I was amazed at the breadth of the Nelson-Atkins collection. Ancient arts included massive Egyptian limestone works, terra-cotta Greek vases of superb quality, and even more massive Italian marble statuary. The museum even has a reconstructed 14th Century medieval cloister from an Augustinian monastery.

Some of the prominent artists include Gaugin, Degas, Joan flowers.jpgMiro, Kandinsky, Picasso, Renoir, Manet, Monet, Pisarro, El Greco, della Robbia, Henri de Toulouse Lautrec, Rembrandt, van Gogh, Rubens, Gainsborough, Georgia O’Keefe, Winslow Homer and William Merritt Chase. Lautrec’s original and quite famous can-can girl, Jane Avril, is on display — I recognized it because it is so often reproduced as a vintage French poster. The Baroque period paintings were enormous, perhaps 10-12 feet high. The detail was extraordinary and the fabric painted on the canvas was vibrant and seemed real enough to touch.

Well-Designed Galleries
I felt that each gallery was beautifully designed with color1st-painting.jpg and layout to really highlight the artwork. Wall colors were dramatic, galleries were spacious. A very enriching environment. And the building itself is a work of art with marble staircases and columns. The newly-opened Bloch Building, in contrast, is ultra modern and houses the very modern works of art. The outdoor sculpture garden is magnificentA wide range of artistic expression fills the museums large sculpture garden. There’s even plenty of room for whimsy. and a pleasure to stroll through.

TIPS:

1) Nelson-Atkins Museum is just 3 blocks from the very chic Country Club Plaza shopping district. Lots of hotels and restaurants.
2) Admission is free to the museum, but the parking garage charges $5.
3) Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art is also a block or so away from both the Nelson-Atkins and the Country Club Plaza.

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Joyce  |  October 19, 2007 at 8:56 am

    Great article on the Nelson. It has Rozelle Court which offers a wonderful lunch. The Bloch Museum is nearby.

    Reply

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