TRAVEL HERE: THE BASSES AT FORT WORTH’S KIMBELL ART MUSEUM
If you had so much money that you could buy anything you wanted, what would you buy? The first thing I would probably do is run out and buy a Jaguar. Thankfully, folks like the Kimbells and the Basses are a little more philanthropic than that.
Time for a Day Trip
Building a house is an all-consuming project, but on a recent Sunday, hubby and I took a little trip over to Fort Worth. We needed a break.
I’d been over to the Kimbell for the “Faces of Impressionism” Exhibition, back in November, but it was a quick trip and I hadn’t lingered see the Kimbell’s own collection spread out into what had always been the special exhibition space. Hubby hadn’t even seen the Piano Pavilion, yet, so he was overdue.
Hello Old Friends
I’ve been hanging at the Kimbell since 1972, when it opened. Most of the time I was there for special exhibitions and their own collection was stuffed into one corner of the museum – but oh what a corner! It was sort fun to see what items from their expansive collection they chose to display at any given time. Seeing the collection spread out over twice as much space was such a joy. Old friends I hadn’t seen in decades were there to admire.
As I appreciated the wonderful collection I was reminded why the Kimbell gets so many wonderful special exhibitions. They get the exhibitions because they have so many amazing pieces of their own. You can get the Bernini exhibition when you have spectacular Berninis to lend to the exhibit. You can get Carravagio, when you have the compelling “Cardsharps” to lend to the show. And the list goes on.
Hello New Friends
After lingering for awhile in the South Gallery, I decided it was time to take Bill over to the Piano Pavilion. His attention span is somewhat shorter than mine at a museum and I didn’t want to go home until I’d seen the Bass collection, currently being exhibited. I almost lost him anyway, because as he wandered through the open spaces between the two buildings he started speculating on where he could put a rock garden like they have.
As I drug him up to the door of the Piano Pavilion, he asked if we’d have to pay money. I hadn’t actually researched that part of it, so I told him yes – but I was wrong. The Bass Collection exhibit is FREE. Thank you very much. Free and fabulous.
We walked in the exhibition space and almost bumped into a Rodin. Yep, this was going to be good. Rounding a corner we were gobsmacked by a bouquet of Impressionism so sweet that my heart throbbed. “I’ve never seen this one before,” Bill exulted as he stood in front of Vincent Van Gogh‘s “Streets in Santes-Maries-de-la-Mer.” Well, obviously, it had been in the Bass’s home, which we’d never been into, but his amazement was that in all the Impressionist exhibitions and TV shows and books and such that his wife has forced on him, there was more to see.
Rounding the next corner, we found another Rodin along with a marvelous collection of other sculpture, including a Remington and a Russell. The balance of the exhibit was more contemporary than our tastes run, but we appreciated the opportunity to see it. The Basses were purported to love their Rothko above and beyond all their other pieces. Me, I’d take one of the Van Goghs or maybe the Bonnard.
Shopping and Culinary Opportunities
Not only has the Kimball effectively doubled their exhibition space, they also doubled their opportunities for monetary collections. The old gift shop is now mostly devoted to books, while a gift shop in the Piano Pavilion is given over to delicious trinkets like jewelry, evening bags and desktop toys. Outside the new gift shop they were exhibiting a lot of primitive sculpture from places like South America and Africa.
When it comes to food, you can have snacks in the new pavilion or enjoy a meal at The Buffet Restaurant. I haven’t eaten at The Buffet since we lost Mom. Somehow it feels like it would be cheating.
More Old Friends
I knew I didn’t have much more time until Bill’s fatigue alarm went off, so I scurried back to the main museum and into the North Galleries. Along with many old favorites we enjoyed seeing Lawrence Alma-Tadema‘s “Between Hope and Fear,” a work which was visiting from elsewhere.
No time like the present to get over to Fort Worth for a visit. The opportunity to see the Bass Collection is well worth the trip. And then you can visit Joe T. Garcia’s. That’s how we topped off our perfect day trip to Fort Worth!