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  • Kimbell Art MuseumKimball Art Museum Fort Worth, Texas
    The Kimbell Art Museum is located in the cultural district of Fort Worth, Texas and houses a small collection of Pre-Columbian, Asian and European artworks, plus host traveling art displays. The structure was designed by Louis Kahn. The Kimbell Art Foundation was started in 1936 by Kay and Velma Kimbell, Texas art collectors and industrialists, that wanted to create an art gallery for the people of the state. When Kay passed on in 1964, his wife, Velma Fuller Kimbell, gave her share of the estate, as well as her husband's to the making of an art museum for the benefit and enjoyment of the people that lived around them. The museum opened in 1972, and is a wonderful 120,000 square foot space enclosed in a number of parallel, cycloidal concrete shells that look like barrel vaults counterpointed by three interior courts. It is located next to the Amon Carter Museum and the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, in the cultural district. In the marvelous collection, the European section, there are fantastic works by El Greco, Michelangelo, Monet, Picasso, Rubens, Gainsborough, Caravaggio, Rembrandt and Vigee-Lebrun, as well as numerous others. The only painting by Adam Elsheimer that hangs outside of the European continent resides here, and two paintings by Piet Mondrian tell of the modern end of that period. Among the many great displays, is a collection of classical era antiquities that span Assyria to the Roman and Greek. Their wonderful Asian collection contains jars from the Neolithic China as well as works from the Ming, Tang and Song dynasties. Japanese artworks are also included, with a particular focus on the Edo and Momoyama eras. One of the selections from the permanent collections that is on display now, is 100 of the most prominent European paintings and sculptures that have ever been in private collections in the state, with more than 40 collectors involved and among those highlighted artists are; Renoir, Guerino, Gaugin, Matisse, Mondrian, van Gogh, Gainsborough, Monet and Rembrandt, plus many others. Another spectacular painting on display here is the first painting by Michelangelo: The Torment of Saint Anthony. Since the museum's collection is relatively small, their choices have always been the finest works by well known artisans. The most important principle that drives the acquisition of pieces is the statue of the museum, where the quality of the object is more obvious than any historical completeness.  With this in mind, it is understandable why the museum prefers to be known as one that is defined by the excellence of its holdings, rather than the size of its holdings. These presently range from the third millennium BC. to the mid 20th century and therefore include the wonderful works of artists like the ones named above and others like; Goya, Cezanne, Duccio, Fra Angelico, Poussin, Velaquez and Bemini. So as you can see, the collection is full of the most majestic paintings and artworks of the world today, and that is what brings so many visitors to this small but exquisite museum. Their European collection also includes Italian renaissance, Spanish, Dutch, Flemish, French and Italian works of the 17th century. The Asian collection includes; paintings, ceramics, sculptures, bronzes and works of decorative arts that were created in Nepal, China, Tibet, Korea, Thailand, Japan and Cambodia. The pre-Columbian art is represented by Maya artworks in stone, shell, jade and ceramics, Olmec, Aztec and Zapotec sculptures and pieces from the Huari and Conte cultures. The museum's oceanic and African art is made up of primarily wood, terracotta and bronze sculptures from Central and West Africa that contains examples of Angola, Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of the Congo; while a Maori figure represents the Oceanic art. 

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  • Bureau of Engraving and PrintingBureau of Engraving and Printing Fort Worth, Texas
    In 1987, building began in Fort Worth, Texas for another, second locale, to supply the increased demand for money, and a western location was believed to be able to serve as a contingency operation in case there should arrive any emergency in the DC area. It would also cut some of the costs and danger of transporting huge amounts of currency to the Federal Reserve Banks in Dallas, Kansas City and San Francisco. The facility started producing money at the Fort Worth mint in December 1990 and the official dedication occurred on April 26, 1991. When you come here to enjoy a tour, you will learn all about the facts of our currency and how it is made. Of course you will be absolutely amazed at the billions of dollars that is being printed, as you stroll along the walkway that is enclosed overhead of the production floor. While you are there, you will have the opportunity to peruse two floors of interactive displays that embellish the history of money and the intricacies of the printing process; especially in lieu of stopping any possible means of counterfeiting the currency. The tour takes 45 minutes through the money factory and is free, and includes a hi-def theater film, vending and rest area, and moneyfactory gift shop.

January 11, 2011