Exhibitions

October 7, 2018 to January 6, 2019

Piano Pavilion

Francisco de Goya y Lucientes is among the best-known figures in the history of Spanish art and renowned as one of the greatest painters of all time. He is also revered as one of history’s greatest draftsmen and printmakers. This exhibition will showcase more than seventy-five of his paramount works on paper from the unparalleled collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Goya in Black and White will explore the evolution of the artist’s graphic work in all media.

Dress and jacket ensemble (detail of jacket), 1968
October 7, 2018 to January 6, 2019

Often called “the couturier’s couturier,”Cristóbal Balenciaga (1895–1972) is the artist most revered by other fashion designers. From his first runway collection, in 1937, through the closure of his Paris salon, in 1968, Balenciaga’s clients were among the most influential trendsetters of the day.

Detail of Cezanne's Man in a Blue Smock, Kimbell Permanent Collection
On view in the Renzo Piano Pavilion and Louis I. Kahn Building

The Kimbell’s permanent collection is small in size, comprised of fewer than 350 works of art, but is distinguished by an extraordinary level of artistic quality and importance. The idea of building a choice collection of representative masterpieces was established by the Board of Directors of the Kimbell Art Foundation in consultation with Museum’s first director, Richard F. (Ric) Brown, in a Policy Statement of June 1, 1966:

Image from the upcoming exhibition The Lure of Dresden: Bellotto at the Court of Saxony
February 10, 2019 to April 28, 2019

Bernardo Bellotto is recognized as one of the greatest view painters in history, acquiring his fame in mid-18th-century Dresden as the court painter for the elector of Saxony, Frederick Augustus II—who was also King Augustus III of Poland. Over the course of a decade, Bellotto produced dozens of breathtaking depictions of the city and its environs, most measuring over eight feet in width. The success and renown of these grand, expansive works would earn Bellotto prestigious commissions at prominent courts throughout Europe.

Image from the upcoming exhibition Monet: The Late Years
June 16, 2019 to September 15, 2019

Monet: The Late Years is the first exhibition in more than 20 years dedicated to the final phase of Monet’s career. Through approximately 60 paintings, the exhibition will trace the evolution of Monet’s practice from 1913, when he embarked on a reinvention of his painting style that led to increasingly bold and abstract works, up to his death in 1926.

Pierre-Auguste Renoir, The Bathers, 1918-19, oil on canvas, 43 5/16 x 63 in. Musée d’Orsay, Paris, photo by Hervé Lewandowski © RMN-Grand Palais/Art Resource, NY
October 27, 2019 to January 26, 2020

Renzo Piano Pavilion

Over the course of his long career, Pierre-Auguste Renoir continually turned to the human figure for artistic inspiration. The body—particularly the nude—was the defining subject of Renoir’s artistic practice from his early days as a student copying the old masters in the Louvre to the early 20th century, when his revolutionary style of painting inspired the masters of modernism. In recognition of the centenary of Renoir’s death, the Clark Art Institute and Kimbell Art Museum present Renoir: The Body, The Senses.