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FORT WORTH'S KIMBELL ART MUSEUM INAUGURATES A NEW PAVILION BY ITALIAN ARCHITECT RENZO PIANO

Date:

12/09/2013



FORT WORTH'S KIMBELL ART MUSEUM INAUGURATES A NEW PAVILION BY ITALIAN ARCHITECT RENZO PIANO



Houston
, Nov. 27 (Adnkronos) - The Kimbell Museum in Fort Worth, one of the most dynamic in Texas, chose Thanksgiving Day to inaugurate a new Pavilion designed by Renzo Piano, a new essential structure full of light and placed in front of the existing pavilion to provide a counterpart to the vaults and arches designed by Louis Kahn in 1972."

The Louis Kahn Building is the seat of the existing Museum, opened in the 1960s to present the collection of the Kahn Foundation, is considered to this day one of the more prominent architectural works of the 20th century. Renzo Piano was faced with an unprecedented challenge when he chose to design a building that could entertain a dialogue with the one that preceded it forty years earlier. A challenge that, according to US commentators and to Kimbell Museum Director Eric M. Lee, Renzo Piano perfectly achieved. "Renzo Piano - he declared - succeeded in designing a building respectful of the Kahn building while remaining faihtful to his style".
"Today's ribbon cutting ceremony - added Lee - is the most important in the history of this Institution since its opening in 1972."

The Pavilion - next to the western porch of the original Museum which, according to Kahn, should have been the Museum's main entrance - will offer the broad spaces (over 9 thousand square metres shared between exhibition spaces, library and theater) which the Museum needs in order to expand its activities, organize events and exhibits and offer educational programs to the public.

"This inauguration -  commented Fabrizio Nava, Consul General of Italy in Houston - is a crowning achievement in the intense calendar of events which have marked the calendar of 2013 Year of Italian Culture in the State of Texas. One of the more relevant events was here at the Kimbell Museum, which organized and hosted in February the landmark exhibit "Bernini: Sculpting in Clay".

"It also bears testimony - added Nava - to the strong ties that bind Renzo Piano with Texas". In the 1980s the great architect Italian signed the plan for the Menil Collection in Houston, as well as the Cy Twombly Gallery in the campus of the same Museum and the Dallas Sculpture Center.

Renzo Piano's signature on the expansion of the Kimbell is also a recognition of the successful activity pursued by the Museum in purchasing, among which the famous "Bari" by Caravaggio, at the Kimbell since 1987, and "Il Tormento di Sant'Antonio" by Michelangelo, the first picture ever by this Master to enter a collection in the United States.

(Sub/Ct/Adnkronos)
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