Art possesses more than just beauty – it holds the power to
transport the viewer to an entirely different place.
Admire the genius of two of the 20th century’s greatest
painters when you see Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and the Masterpieces of Modern Mexico. On view from May 25 through August 18, at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Modern Art in Kansas City, this exhibit explores the
extraordinary careers of Kahlo and Rivera, along with other Mexican modernists.
Pieces include sculptures, paintings, photographs and art on paper.
While you’re in Kansas City, be sure to visit the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. One of the Midwest’s most renowned art museums,
the Kemper welcomes more than 120,000 guests each year. Between now and August
30, see the fascinating exhibit, Nomads:
Traversing Adolescence. Selected from the museum’s impressive permanent
collection, this exhibit explores the nature of adolescence, through works by
artists such as Henriette Wyeth and Chuck Forsman.
On the eastern side of the state, the already-phenomenal Saint Louis Art Museum will be even more splendid in June, when the beautiful,
highly-modern East Building opens to the public – expanding the museum’s square
footage by 30 percent. The Main Building houses nationally acclaimed
collections of Oceanic, pre-Columbian and 19th- and 20th-century western art.
Current exhibits include Edward Curtis:
Visions of Native America, a thoughtful exploration of the treatment of
American Indians in the early 20th century.
For a fresh-air art experience, head to downtown St. Louis
and visit Citygarden.
This sculptural wonderland, covering two square blocks, features 24 works by
internationally renowned artists. Citygarden is a perfect family destination,
thanks to ample picnic space, as well as sculptures that are certain to delight
the kids – such as Untitled (Two Rabbits) by Tom Claassen.
In Cape Girardeau, the Rosemary
Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum features fascinating historical
collections as well as wonderful art exhibits. Visit the museum’s Crossroads
Gallery to gain an in-depth view of southeast Missouri’s early history.
Exhibits focus on a variety of subjects, including our state’s early
inhabitants and our transportation history. The Crisp Museum’s rotating
exhibitions often include excellent works by students and faculty of Southeast
Missouri State University. From April 5 through April 28, see the Annual Juried Student Exhibition. The pieces in this impressive show include printmaking,
painting, graphic design, ceramics and drawing.
you visit the beautiful Missouri River town of St. Charles, stop by the Foundry Art Centre,
overlooking both the Missouri River and the Frenchtown district. The Foundry
Art Centre is a stunning venue for art appreciation. Currently on display is Luminous Language, a juried painting
show. The Foundry Art Centre features 20 art studios, where you can watch the
artists create their work and buy pieces directly from them.