I do not know what the world of high art did to upset some people, but I certainly appreciate that someone funded this museum with their excess money, versus the many other private wastes in which they could have indulged. The museum is open on Wednesdays and is free to the public. There is no pretentiousness at the door, or in the beauty of the building or its works, at least that I could see. Yes, they are proud of the building, but it is a beautiful work of art on its own.
The museum houses collections drawn from their own and others holdings and presents these to the public for edification, for inspiration, for stimulation -- all of what art is there to do. So much of the beauty is out of reach for most of us, that I greatly appreciate the effort to provide small, well-curated presentations to give me enough to think and be overwhelmed in a way that I can handle, in a way that I can be uplifted or challenged, and not come away drained.
The interior space lends itself very well for such a purpose. The rules of the museum are simple and straightforward, and you are given the freedom to enjoy the art at your leisure, without hassle, and seemingly without the crowds. While the personal bent of one or another curator/patron may be minimalist, the museum certainly does not restrict itself to one style or the other, as is evidenced in the collection on display currently.
Until August 2011, the exhibition of the Dreamscape is showcased by several works of Rene Magritte, Max Beckmann, Philip Guston, Constantin Brancusi, Joan Miro, Roy Lichtenstein, Paul Delvaux, Max Ernst, Giorgio de Chirico, and others. My favorites were The Invisible World by Rene Magritte and Georg Baselitz' Landscape with Pathos, on loan from the St. Louis Art Museum.
If you have a Wednesday free and are at all uplifted by art, then you are doing yourself a disservice not to come to this. I was tempted to give it a 'four', because the hours are awkward and there are no benches to sit and enjoy your favorite pieces for a while longer. But it's free and those are fairly mild and whiny complaints. Despite my reluctance in handing out 'fives,' I did anyway.
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