Kimbell Art Museum Announces Major Partnership With JPMorgan Chase

FORT WORTH, Texas, Oct. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Kimbell Art Museum is pleased to announce JPMorgan Chase as the Renzo Piano Pavilion Inaugural Season presenting sponsor.

J.P. Morgan will be the exclusive sponsor of the season, which includes the events surrounding the November opening of the highly anticipated new building, designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano, and support for the exhibition The Age of Picasso and Matisse: Modern Masters from the Art Institute of Chicago, on view October 6, 2013, through February 16, 2014.

Chase Bank will be the presenting sponsor of many Kimbell education programs through July 2014. Through the Museum’s Field Trip Reimbursement Program, twenty schools, or approximately 1,200 students, will visit the exhibition courtesy of Chase, with transportation and chaperone fees reimbursed to schools that apply. Chase will also provide scholarships for four qualifying students to the Kimbell’s summer camp in July and support the Kimbell’s Family Festivals, free days for families to visit the exhibition, enjoy musical performances and participate in art-making activities.

“I am truly grateful to our friends and partners at JPMorgan Chase for their ongoing support and patronage of the Kimbell,” commented Eric M. Lee, director of the Kimbell. “They recognize the gravity of this historic moment and are as excited as I am to present this once-in-a-lifetime exhibition and celebrate the inauguration of Piano’s new, light-filled building constructed of concrete, wood and glass.”

“Because this is a great moment in the history of our city, JPMorgan Chase takes tremendous pride in sponsoring both the opening of the Piano Pavilion and the blockbuster Age of Picasso and Matisse exhibit,” said David Nolet, president of JPMorgan Chase in Fort Worth. “Our bank is a long-time supporter of the Kimbell, one of the world’s most beautiful museums. Our ongoing collaboration reflects a mutual commitment to preserving artistic masterworks, fostering new contributions to the world of art and architecture and promoting Fort Worth as a great place to live, work and visit.”

The Kimbell Art Foundation and the Kimbell Art Museum welcome JPMorgan Chase and thank them for their generous support.

The Age of Picasso and Matisse: Modern Masters from the Art Institute of Chicago
October 6, 2013–February 16, 2014

Some of the most celebrated works of modern European art are coming to the Kimbell Art Museum this fall in the largest loan of its kind from the Art Institute of Chicago. Among the works—which span the first five decades of the 20th century—are 10 by Pablo Picasso and 10 by Henri Matisse, including Picasso’s Old Guitarist and Matisse’s Bathers by a River. The art by these friends and rivals revolutionized Europe at the turn of the century. Also included are canvases by Fauve artists Maurice de Vlaminck and Georges Braque; Cubist paintings by Braque and Juan Gris; and important works by painters Max Beckmann, Vasily Kandinsky, Marc Chagall, Kazimir Malevich, Fernand Léger, Piet Mondrian and the sculptors Constantin Brâncusi and Alberto Giacometti. Chicago’s famous collection of Surrealist painting and sculpture will be shown in strength, including pieces by Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray, Max Ernst, Paul Delvaux, Salvador Dalí, Joan Miró, Paul Klee and Picasso. In all, nearly 100 works from the Art Institute’s famed collection will make the historic journey to the Kimbell Art Museum, the only venue for the exhibition.

The Age of Picasso and Matisse: Modern Masters from the Art Institute of Chicago is organized by the Art Institute of Chicago and the Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth. It is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities. This exhibition is also supported by a major grant from the Leo Potishman Foundation.

NEW Renzo Piano Pavilion
Opens November 27, 2013

Greatly expanding the Museum’s available gallery space, the new Renzo Piano Pavilion will allow the Kimbell to host special exhibitions while keeping its permanent collection on view. In addition, the new building will provide dedicated classrooms, an expanded library, generous underground parking and a 298-seat auditorium with excellent acoustics for music.

The pavilion’s colonnaded structure, located some 65 yards to the west of Louis I. Kahn’s 1972 museum building, is constructed of glass, concrete and wood and is surrounded by elms and red oaks. Similar in scale to the Kahn Building, the 300-foot-long, 22-foot-high pavilion has two parallel wings that stretch from north to south, connected by two glass passageways. To the rear, the west wing has a green sod roof, which appears to rise out of the ground with berms on either end and concrete retaining walls on the sides. The front, east wing is topped by a glass, steel and wood roof system. The wafer-thin top layer of this system, which features louvered solar cells, hovers above the east wing’s most prominent feature: enormous laminated wood beams that appear to float above the concrete and glass walls and are held aloft by square concrete columns.

Upon its grand opening, the Piano Pavilion will host celebrated works from the Kimbell’s permanent collection, including superb examples of Precolumbian, African and Asian art, as well as a special installation of the Museum’s European old master works, on view through January 2014. Admission is free.