Exhibition 1/3 Picturing the Bible:
The Earliest Christian Art November 2007 to March 2008
Drawing on new historical research and the latest archaeological discoveries, the exhibition explores the emergence of the innovative art that served to illustrate Early Christian beliefs. Works of art of this period are extremely rare and are scattered widely among the museums of Europe, the Middle East, and America. The Kimbell Art Museum has sought out more than 100 of the most important works from the Vatican Museums, the British Museum, the Louvre, Berlin, Vienna, New York, and many others. A number of highly precious objects preserved for centuries in church treasuries in Italy have been lent, some of which have never before been allowed to travel.
Exhibition 2/3 Louis Kahn:
The Power of Architecture March to June 2017
Louis Kahn: The Power of Architecture, organized by Vitra Design Museum (Weil am Rhein, Germany), is the first major retrospective of Kahn’s work in two decades. With complex spatial compositions and a choreographic mastery of light, Kahn created buildings of archaic beauty and powerful universal symbolism.
The exhibition encompasses an unprecedented and diverse range of architectural models, original drawings, photographs, and films. All of Kahn’s important projects are extensively documented—from his early urban planning concepts and single-family houses to monumental late works. Highlights of the exhibition include a twelve-foot-high model of the spectacular City Tower designed for Philadelphia (1952–57).
Exhibition 3/3 Balenciaga in Black October 2018 to January 2019
Cristóbal Balenciaga (1895–1972) is often called ‘the couturier’s couturier’—the fashion designer most revered by other fashion designers. The Kimbell Art Museum partnered with the Palais Galliera, the distinguished fashion museum of the city of Paris, to present Balenciaga in Black, an exhibition of more than one hundred pieces from the collections of the Galliera and the Balenciaga Archives.
The carefully selected costumes and accessories, all made by hand in the haute-couture ateliers of this fashion genius, will share one major feature: they are all black.