Kimbell Art Museum

3333 Camp Bowie Boulevard

Fort Worth

Texas

USA

 

Louis I. Kahn 1972

 

The Kimbell Art Museum is one of the world's most outstanding examples of modern architecture built in the second half of the 20th century. It is considered Louis Kahn's best built work and one of the most beautiful museums in the world.

 

 

The building is situated in Amon Square Park, a cultural complex that includes theaters, an auditorium and other museums designed by famous architects such as Philip Johnson and Tadao Ando. In 2007, the Kimbell Art Museum unveiled a major new addition project to be located to the west of its existing building and to be designed by Renzo Piano.

 

 

Kahn's existing building is organized in three sections. Six rectangular vaulted structures are located side by side on either end with four of the same in the middle, totaling sixteen of these vaulted elements which measure 6 meters by 30 meters. In the center of the west side, facing the Park, two vaulted galleries have been eliminated to make space for the main entrance court that was intended to be for visitors to enter on foot from the park.

 

 

Three more courtyards located in the galleries, one in the north wing and two in the southern wing are named the Green, the Yellow, and the Blue Courts, and contribute to the articulation of the interior ambiance with open space. There is also another entrance linked to the parking lot at the east side where the administration area, auditorium and library are located. Mechanical and electrical systems are mainly contained in the basement level.

 

 

One of the most striking features of the building are the skylights that run the length of each vaulted ceiling and give the exhibition galleries a diffuse, evenly-spread, and beautiful silver light. Indeed, light was essential in the planing of this building. According to Kahn, one of his main concerns when designing the Kimbell was light:

 

"Here I felt that the light in the rooms structured in concrete will have the luminosity of silver…This light will give a glow of silver to the room without touching the objects directly, yet give the comforting feeling of knowing the time of the day."

 

 

Rafael Cazorla 2011

 


How to visit

 

The Museum is located at 3333 Camp Bowie Boulevard, Fort Worth, Texas. If driving, take Interstate 30 west to University Drive exit (follow signs to Cultural District); north on University Drive to Lancaster (third traffic light); left on Lancaster one block to Arch Adams; right on Arch Adams; Museum is immediately on the left.

 

The Kimbell Art Museum is open Tuesdays through Thursdays and Saturdays, 10 am to 5 pm; Fridays, noon to 8 pm; and Sundays, noon to 5 pm. Admission to the museum's permanent collection is always free. Tours of the permanent collection are held Wednesdays at 2 pm and Sundays at 3 pm. Parking is free in the museum's parking lot off Arch Adams and Darnell streets.

 

 

 

 


Books and other web sites

 

For more information please visit the museum's web site at www.kimbellart.org.

 

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