One of my favorite things to do in Kansas City is to go to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art- and this January I spent an entire day there! It was a fun day of culture with my dad, soaking in the art, eating the fantastic food in the Rozzelle Court Restaurant, and walking around the gardens. It was a really fun (if freezing cold) day- and I completed a goal on my 2014 manifesto!
We started in the Bloch Building (art itself) where we saw the Islamic Art and Impressionist France exhibitions. The first stop was in the ‘Echoes’ gallery- Islamic art with a focus on contemporary artists- it was interesting to see the current work, there were some aesthetically beautiful and political exhibits.
The reason we came in the bitter cold gribs of the Midwest winter was the ‘Impressionist France’ exhibition, which was fabulous. It held true treasures of the period- and suprisingly many photographs taken by the artists as well. Apparently being ‘An official photographer of Paris’ was an actual job. So jealous.
Lunch at Rozzelle Court was so delicious (per usual)
On the way to Rodin we had to stop and say hi to an old favorite- ‘Saint John the Baptist in the Wilderness’, 1604-1605 by Michelangelo Mersi, called Caravaggio. We just sat and looked at it for awhile, finding new things in the painting, and reflecting on how alive it feels- I even looked up the history of it on my iphone.
We went up to the Rozzelle Balcony for the Rodin Exhibit after. It featured sculptures from the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation. It was very interesting- especially his study of hands. Another thing to note- how he created individual sculptures and then incorporated them into larger pieces. It was a wonderful collection.
We made our way to the permanent exhibitions afterward, and took a tour of the Asian art. There are some truly impressive works here, and we had a great time exploring. My favorite area is in the Chinese Temple, which is a draw for art lovers from around the world.
Then it was time to move on to one of my all time favorite areas- the permanent Egyptian exhibit. I’ve always been very interested in mummies and the culture, so this exhibit is a treat for me every trip out to the Nelson-Atkins.
We march seamlessly into European art- another of my favorites at the museum.
We had to visit my favorite- Claude Monet’s Water Lilies, ca. 1916-1926. (I had the great fortune of being able to visit when all three paintings in this Triptych were displayed. That was a truly awe inspiring sight.)
We had a wonderful day! Here are a few more shots from here and there:
“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.”
(Check out our last day at the Nelson-Atkins here!)