Director's Message

Dear Friends,

Among the most wonderful Kimbell exhibitions in recent memory has been Botticelli to Braque: Masterpieces from the National Galleries of Scotland. Visitors to the exhibition have been astonished by the quality and variety of the paintings that Edinburgh has shared with us. As this Calendar appears in mailboxes, there is still time to see the show, so hurry to the Kimbell to view the exhibition before it closes on September 20. 

Then, experience Paris this fall and early winter with a visit to Gustave Caillebotte: The Painter’s Eye, an exhibition co-organized by the Kimbell and the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. Caillebotte at his best was one of the most daring of the Impressionist painters and the creator of iconic images such as the Art Institute of Chicago’s famous Paris Street, Rainy Day or the Kimbell’s enigmatic On the Pont de l’Europe, which Time called “the most fascinating picture in the show.” Caillebotte is not as well known as some of his Impressionist colleagues, but this retrospective—the first in a generation—will help to change that. The exhibition, curated by the National Gallery of Art’s Mary Morton and the Kimbell’s George Shackelford, first appeared in Washington and has received rave reviews in publications such as the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times.

Also at the Kimbell this season will be Castiglione: Lost Genius. This special exhibition, drawn entirely from the Royal Collection at Windsor Castle, is a rare opportunity to see extraordinarily beautiful prints and drawings by the seventeenth-century Italian master, one of history’s most inventive draftsmen. For so generously agreeing to the loan of these rare works, not usually on public view, we are all grateful to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

The Kimbell has an outstanding, dedicated Education Department, with offerings for all ages. I am delighted to report that since the opening of the Renzo Piano Pavilion and its state-of-the-art education facilities, attendance in Education Department programs has increased by 130%. Browse the program section of this Calendar or look at the “Learn” pages of the Kimbell’s website to identify programs that might be right for you.

As always, I am grateful to you, our members, for your patronage, and hope to see you often at the Museum during the coming months.


Eric M. Lee