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The Kimbell Art Museum is situated in the Cultural District of Fort Worth, Texas, USA. It houses a small collection of European, Asian and Pre-Columbian works, as well as hosting travelling art exhibitions. The building was designed by Louis Kahn.

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History

The Kimbell Art Foundation was established in 1936 by Kay and Velma Kimbell, Texas industrialists and art collectors, to establish an art institute for the people of Texas. On his death in 1964, his widow, Velma Fuller Kimbell, bequeathed her proceeds from the estate in addition to her husband's towards the creation of an art museum for the benefit of the surrounding communities.

The board of trustees of the Foundation hired Richard Fargo Brown as initial director of the museum and Brown wrote the seminal "Pre-Architectural Program" while interviewing architects for the commission. Brown's rapport with noted architect Louis I. Kahn, FAIA of Philadelphia was remarkable and Kahn was hired in the summer of 1966. An extensive design and construction process followed lasting six years.

The museum building opened in October 1972. The work of architect Louis Kahn, the 120,000 square foot (11,000 m²) building consists of a series of parallel, cycloidal concrete shells in the form of barrel vaults with a counterpoint of three interior courts. Structural engineer for the museum was August Komendant and the structure remains a positive example on the use of daylight in viewing art. The buildings engagement with its site - landscaping was by George Patton with contributions by Harriet Pattison - is held in high regard. Marshall Meyers served as project architect within Kahn's firm. Preston M. Geren and Associates of Fort Worth was the associate architect for the project and Frank Sherwood, PE was the project coordinator. Thos. S. Byrne, Inc. was the contractor and made significant contributions in the development and realization of Kahn's ideas - particularly Tom Seymour, PE and Virgil Earp, project superintendent.

The Kimbell is located within Fort Worth's Cultural District, flanked by the Amon Carter Museum to the immediate west and the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth to the immediate east.

The Kimbell Art Foundation announced that the Renzo Piano Building Workshop has been selected as the architect for an addition to the museum and a first public presentation of a scheme was made on November 18, 2008. An earlier expansion proposal in 1989 under then-director Ted Pillsbury with architect Romaldo Giurgola of Mitchell, Giurgola & Thorp was not implemented.

The collection

In the European collection, works by Michelangelo, Picasso, Caravaggio, El Greco, Rembrandt, Monet, Gainsborough, Vigée-Lebrun, and Rubens are included among many others. There resides the only painting by Adam Elsheimer on public display outside Europe. Two paintings by Piet Mondrian mark the modern end of the period covered.

Displays include a collection of classical period antiquities ranging from Assyrian to Greek and Roman.

The Asian collection includes jars from Neolithic China and works from the Tang, Song, and Ming dynasties. Japanese art is also included, with a focus on the Momoyama and Edo periods.

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Coordinates: 32°44′54″N 97°21′55″W / 32.74843°N 97.36520°W / 32.74843; -97.36520

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