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Kansas City #9 - The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

So far we've had ...

Kansas City #1 - Downtown
Kansas City #2 - Quality Hill
Kansas City #3 - Beacon Hill
Kansas City #4 - The Plaza
Kansas City #5 - River Market
Kansas City #6 - Crossroads
Kansas City #7 - The Stadiums
Kansas City #8 - The Downtown Library and the "City of Tomorrow" Exhibit

This one isn't really a "city" photo, it's just some photos of one building (a museum) and the works of art within. But I'm sure no one will mind!

Just east of The Plaza, the N-A museum is a pretty nifty place to go, not huge but not small either. Some of these photos were taken in mid-November, and some in early January. Just getting around to posting them now.

View of the old part of the building from the south lawn.



Looking south from the top of the stairs.



Pretty fall colors. There were groves of Ginko trees on either side of the lawn.



Close-up of the front entrance.



November.



January.



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Go inside and here's the main lobby.



Entrance to one side of galleries.







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They've even got a Van Gogh!



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A Rembrandt.









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There's a pretty good-sized Greek, Roman and Egyptian section





This is a courtyard next to the lobby.



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The 2nd floor contains a large section of American art.







This painter (I forget his name) was from Missouri and spent a lot of time painting scenes from what was then the frontier area of Missouri.





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There's a new wing of the museum which contains modern art.



What does it mean?



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A lot of the photos I took in my trip in November didn't turn out well, so I went there again in early January to try again. The rest of these are from that second trip, so it kinda repeats some of the sections I already showed above, plus some other sections.





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This was a gallery they were re-doing.





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Taking a breather from the art, this is a shot of the skyline of The Plaza taken from the front stairs.











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They also have a good-sized Asian art section.



Back in the day, Chinese guys liked to grow beards a lot.



Big boobies. I suppose this is like ancient porn.



A bit blurry, but ...



Take THAT!





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I hope you enjoyed the tour. Time to go!

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Thank you for this set, you have captured what a fine museum this one is, as well as your other extensive threads on the city!
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Looks like a strong collection. Thanks for the tour. Also, I really enjoy museums whose buildings were built in that era of classical styling and noble materials. The environment with extensive gardens is not too shabby.
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very nice to see the collection here.

i like a specific thread like this one.

can you do a thread on the cool kc bookshelf library next?

http://www.atlasobscura.com/places/k...iant-bookshelf
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I do have a thread on the library. See links at top.
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Lovely pics. But none of the Bloch Building!

The Nelson-Atkins is actually one of the best encyclopedic museums in the country. It is really the greatest treasure of the city.

Couple small, school-marmish things. I apologize if my tone gets a little pedantic-

The Asian collections are among the very best in the US.
The Chinese painting collection is one of the most important outside of Asia. The jade collection has one of the most revered Chinese carvings anywhere - http://www.nelson-atkins.org/art/col...-carousel-2520 There is a sculpture - Guanyin of the Southern Sea, that is so beautiful that it can bring you to tears

The Japanese galleries are closed and being renovated as I type. Not the best collection, though the screens are quite nice.

Regarding the pic that you captioned "This is a gallery they were redoing" - that is part of the Bloch Galleries, a total gut job of the entire NE corner of the first floor. It is a $25 million+ rebuild of the galleries which contain European art from 1750-1945 - http://www.nelson-atkins.org/art/exh...och-galleries/. The money, along with 29 new pieces added to the already strong collection, has taken the collection from very good to great. Thanks to Henry Bloch of H&R Bloch. So please don't say "They even have a Van Gogh." It minimizes the collection, which includes multiple Van Gogh's, multiple Monet's, multiple Cezanne's, Degas' etc. etc.

As far as other European art, the museum has one of the VERY FEW Caravaggios in the US, a very important Petrus Christus, high quality Hals and Rembrandt. It's collection of Northern Renaissance art generally is really excellent and can give a patron a very good understanding of what was happening 1400-1650 in the North of Europe. Also, very good Spanish art, esp of 1400 and 1500's.

The American Indian art collection is quite good with some astounding pieces. The Nelson is one of the few art museums to have a dedicated curator for the arts of Native Americans, and look at pieces from a art history, rather than a ethnographic lens.

The American art collection is VERY strong, especially 19th century, as well as the Bentons.

The photography collection. Again, extraordinary, amongst the best largely through the gift and purchase of the Hallmark Photographic Collection.

The museum is decent in Modern art, with some very fine works by Kline, de Kooning, and Motherwell. Also, a entire collection of Noguchi scultpures. The contemporary is good, and getting better (they have to get around Nelson's rule restricting purchasing art from living artists).
Lots more - African is quite good. These are all in the Bloch Building (Henry has been very generous), a spectacular building designed by Stephen Holl - http://www.archdaily.com/4369/the-ne...oll-architects

The sculpture park is fabulous. Gorgeous grounds designed by Dan Kiley and a really top-notch collection. Beautiful

The museum's ancient and pre-Columbian are ehh... and there is always room to add more.

I could go on and on; about the decorative arts collection, pottery. etc.etc. I haven't lived in KC for decades, but I go there every time I visit. It had a huge impact on me when I was a child.

If you go to KC, go to the Nelson-Atkins Museum
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Thanks for the write-up woodrow! Though to be honest, I don't recall seeing any other Van Gogh's aside from that one. Unless maybe the others are drawings, or in storage?

I might go there again tomorrow to see the new gallery.
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BTW, for some of those other artists I missed in the photos, I have a segment of the museum in my "Autumn in Kansas City" video. Skip to the 11:45 mark. And make sure your speakers are on for atmospheric music.

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I think another really nice one was in storage when you were there. Part of the Bloch booty. There is another that I didn't see when I was there last weekend. In fairness, the museum could do with a few more VG's.

One of the great things about the Bloch gift is how they allow the museum to show a richer story. Example - we all know the Impressionists were a close bunch, and had at varying times interest in the same types of scenes; one of the Nelson's treasures is Monet's Boulevard des Capucines, 1873-1874. They just got a Pissarro from 1898, Rue Saint-Honoré, Sun Effect, Afternoon, that they have hung next to the Monet. Both Paris street scenes. Different artists at different places in their development. Fantastic.

Again, great pictures!
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