Marvelous Museums and Collections


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The Art of the Matter
Author: Hoffman Lewis

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.   

When 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.

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