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Pulitzer Arts Foundation
Ranked #89 of 275 things to do in Saint Louis
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Pulitzer Arts Foundation presents art in dynamic interplay with architecture, offering unexpected experiences and inspiring new perspectives. Valuing contemplation, close looking, and civic engagement, the Pulitzer brings art and people together. The Pulitzer is open Wednesday–Saturday 10am–5pm, with extended hours on Friday until 8pm. For more details, visit pulitzerarts.org. The Pulitzer Arts Foundation is temporarily closed for installation until Friday, April 6, 2018. Join us for the opening reception for "Mona Hatoum: Terra Infirma" on April 6 at 6pm.
Reviewed May 5, 2012

I had to visit this museum for a class assignment. I had to take my three little ones with me. The docent was very informative and actually conversed more with my kids than me. I appreciated this because I liked that they cared to include the kids in education. The art was displayed in creative ways and the building is a unique construction.

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Reviewed January 10, 2012

"The Pulitzer, designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Tadao Ando, opened in October 2001. Commissioned for the building and on permanent view are Ellsworth Kelly's wall sculpture Blue Black, located in the Main Gallery, and Richard Serra’s torqued spiral sculpture Joe, located in the courtyard." This building is so extraordinary, it's well worth the visit even if nothing is on display. The building is in complete harmony with its site and it has a profound effect on visitors, not unlike the feeling of being in a spiritual center. It is open only two days a week, Wednesday and Saturday and it is free. Make an appointment with yourself to experience this magnificent building, you'll find yourself wanting to come back and just watch the light move through the building.

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Reviewed January 10, 2012

This is a newly-opened (as of Nov 2011) arts venue in the Grand Center area near the Fox Theater and St. Louis University. It is an extremely sparse and austere facility, but provides a dramatic setting for the art. The theme of exhibition at the time we were there was images of the Buddha from all over the world, ranging from 200 CE to today.

There seemed to be an inordinate number of uncomfortable looking staff members standing around watching visitors' every move. In fairness they had little else to look at, but it felt a bit oppressive. Admission and on-site parking is free. Plan on spending a couple of hours.

Thank im_only_sleeping
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Reviewed January 2, 2012

Interesting place. The art is modern. Go to the St. Louis Art Museum in Forest Park if you want to see traditional, old-school paintings.

Thank AlabamaAnne
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Reviewed July 20, 2011

I combined this with a visit to the City Diner (next to the Fox theatre) and the Modern Art Gallery next door - a pleasant morning excursion in St. Louis's virtually abandoned midtown.

I enjoy modern architecture, but the "grain silo" chic did nothing for me: a strangely lifeless building with dead light and impractical corridors that go nowhere. The current dreams exhibition has classic paintings by Ernst, Chirico et al, but they are poorly served both by the building, and by pretentious curation. One the one hand, there are no labels as they would "would distract from the paintings", on the other hand, there are innumerable museums guards in bright clothing standing very close to the paintings. Nothing could be more distracting or more unnecessary.

The whole thing feels like a Hearstian fantasy of a private art gallery (reinforced by the very unfriendly exterior). Do go and visit - it's free, it's interesting - and make up your own mind!

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