Comprised of only around 350 pieces, the Kimbell Collection is smaller than most art museums. The mission of The Kimbell was always to provide quality over quantity and this collection has been deemed one of the highest quality collections on display.
The Kimbell Foundation have been very selective about the works displayed in the museum. Taking into account the collections at other museums, The Kimbell does not have anything that is from beyond the mid-20th century out of respect to the modern art museum and no American art as that is the focus of another art museum in the area. The Kimbell has some of the world’s most ancient antique art pieces dating back to the third millennium B.C. in Egypt as well as from ancient Assyria, Greece and Rome.
European Art is a compilation of 17th and 18th century works from the Italian renaissance in the 1800’s and painting and sculpture from Britain, France, Italy, Spain, The Netherlands, and Finland.
Asian Art has a wide assortment of different mediums of artistic works. There are bronze statues, ceramics and pottery, paintings, and more from Thailand, China, Cambodia, Tibet, Nepal, India, Japan and Korea. Many different cultures are featured in this collection.
Pre-Columbian Art shows pieces from Ancient South American and Mexican cultures such as the Mayans, Olmec, and Aztecs. Many of the pieces are stone, jade, bronze and ceramic. There are also a few pieces by the Conte and Wari ancient civilizations.
African and Oceanic Art focuses on the art of West and Central Africa. Most pieces are made out of wood while some are bronze and terracotta as well. The Oceanic Art is a few pieces from the Maori people.
All of the Collections are located in the Kimbell Art Museum and can also be viewed online. The Kimbell Foundation has taken great strides to provide the most accurate provenance possible for each art work in their collection. Some of these pieces can be traced all the way back to the first buyer and some are particularly interesting because of the change of ownership during World War II Nazi era.
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