There are many things coming up at the Kimbell Art Museum to get excited about, most notably the opening of the Renzo Piano Pavilion in late 2013, but next month, you will have the chance to see Bernini: Sculpting in Clay starting February 3, 2013. The exhibit, featuring 49 terracotta models, most of which done by Bernini, explores a deeper understanding of the sculptor and his incredible talents. Gian Lorenzo Bernini, who lived between 1598 and 1680, was the greatest sculptor of the 17th century—the Michelangelo of his age. He did for sculpture what Caravaggio did for painting, invigorating it with an unprecedented sense of drama and naturalism that launched the artistic age known as the Baroque. Over a career that spanned nearly 70 years, he reshaped the face of Rome with his spirited works—from marble statues of saints in chapels to dramatic fountains in civic spaces. Mark your calendar to set a date to visit the exhibit, Bernini: Sculpting in Clay from February 3-April 13, 2013! Caption: Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Model for the Lion on the Four Rivers Fountain (detail), c. 1649–50, terracotta. Accademia Nazionale di San Luca, Rome. Photo by Zeno Colantoni.
Taking a look at fall 2013, the Kimbell Art Museum will host some of the most celebrated works of modern art during The Age of Picasso and Matisse: Modern Masters from The Art Institute of Chicago (October 6, 2013-February 16, 2014). The exhibition will feature nearly 100 works from The Art Institute of Chicago which holds one of the greatest collections of modern European art in the world. In the largest loan of its kind from the Art Institute, the Kimbell will host The Age of Picasso and Matisse: Modern Masters from The Art Institute of Chicago as the only venue.The works span the first five decades of the 20th century and include 10 pieces by Picasso and 10 by Matisse. This exhibition has been booked to coincide when the new Renzo Piano-designed building is scheduled to open.