FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – It’s a 40th birthday celebration at the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth and there’s a lot going on during the three-month-long anniversary celebration starting this weekend.
One event included the recent groundbreaking on the new Renzo Piano Pavilion. The new building will not only provide much needed additional space for exhibits, but also house classrooms, studios and a nearly 300-seat auditorium.
The size of the collections at the Kimbell and the display space available has been disheartening to Museum director Eric Lee. “We’re also at this moment very much looking ahead to the opening of the Renzo Piano Building,” he said. “It’s frustrating for me when I think of what we have and then think that ‘Oh, well that painting in storage now,’ because we don’t have room for it,” he said.
The additional space will allow the Kimbell to avoid putting parts of their permanent collection in storage every time there’s a special exhibit.
In terms of the anniversary celebration, Lee said it’s not just about what the museum has done in the last 40 years. “We’re both looking back at our history and also very much looking ahead at the future.”
The anniversary exhibit will be the largest-ever display at the museum and will feature more than 220 masterpieces. Michelangelo’s first-know painting will be among those on display. The painting The Torment of Saint Anthony is believed to have been done by the artist when he was just 12 or 13 years old.
This Sunday the museum is hosting A Family Celebration that includes Children’s Opera performances, art making activities and family gallery tours. The event will be held from Noon until 4 p.m.