One of the primary reasons the Kimbell Art Foundation chose to expand was so that it could host special exhibitions without having to relegate to storage large portions of the permanent collection. In the inaugural year of the Piano Pavilion, the Kimbell showcased for its audiences extraordinary exhibitions ranging from the twentieth-century collections of the Art Institute of Chicago to samurai armor to the landmark Faces of Impressionism: Portraits from the Musée d’Orsay, surely one of the most important exhibitions ever organized by the Museum.
Great special exhibitions will continue through 2015, beginning on March 1 with the private collection of Bass family matriarch and patriarch Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass. The Basses are among the most prominent and well-known citizens in the history of Fort Worth. Through their philanthropy, they made a tremendous impact on the city and the nation. Yet, they were exceedingly private people. This exhibition is a wonderful opportunity for the Museum’s audiences to experience and enjoy the art that was part of their private world and that meant so much to them. I am exceedingly grateful to the Bass family for sharing the collection with us.
This summer, bring out your kilts and tartans! Following the Bass show will be an exhibition featuring highlights from the National Galleries of Scotland, which hold one of the world’s great collections of European art and one that beautifully complements the Kimbell’s own permanent collection. After last summer’s wildly successful Japanese Matsuri! festival, held in conjunction with the Samurai exhibition, the Kimbell has decided to organize a Scottish-themed festival to coincide with the exhibition.
You, the Kimbell’s members, are critical to the Museum’s success. Your ranks continue to grow, and currently number over twenty-one thousand. As always, I thank you for your support and participation, and I hope to see you often at the Museum in the coming months.
Eric M. Lee