The Kimbell Art Museum opens to the public

The Kimbell opened to the public on October 4, 1972. Director Richard F. Brown was incredibly pleased with the Museum at the time of its opening, saying that it was “what every museum has been looking for ever since museums came into existence: a floor uninterrupted by piers, columns or windows, and perfect lighting, giving total freedom and flexibility to use the space and to install art exactly the way you want.” The Kimbell’s small but diverse collection was arranged informally and was accompanied in the galleries by specially designed furniture of oak and leather and richly patterned oriental rugs.

Caption: The Kimbell Art Museum’s opening reception, October 1972

Wednesday, October 4, 1972