Monday, 27 May 2013


Part I: The Art Museums

I had only one day to pack in all the sightseeing in Fort Worth, just before the start of the Preliminary Rounds of the 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Having arrived mid-morning at DFW Airport, I was whisked off to Fort Worth’s Worthington Renaissance Hotel thanks to the competition’s hospitality motor-pool. With barely any time to rest (thankfully no jet lag via Seoul’s Incheon), I headed west to the city’s three major art museums. I visited them in this sequence: the Modern Art Museum, the Kimbell Art Museum and the Amon Carter Museum of American Art.

All three are within walking distance of each other, flanking either side of the appropriately named Van Cliburn Way. Entrance to the Modern was USD 10, while the other two were free of charge. I had a very hearty lunch at the Kimbell, and this was a good way to spend the afternoon.

Exterior of the Modern Art Museum.
Richard Serra's Vortex guards the driveway.

The grand staircase leading to
a self-portrait of Andy Warhol.

The Etruscan by
Michelangelo Pistoletto.

Twenty-Five Coloured Marilyns by Andy Warhol.
On the right, what Brigitte Bardot looked like when she was young!

Two works by Anselm Kiefer,
Aschenblume and Book with Wings.

The exterior of the Kimbell, with the sculpture
Woman Addressing the Public by Joan Miro.

The inner garden of the Kimbell is dominated
by Aristide Maillol's L'Air.

The spacious interior of the Kimbell
with its priceless collection of old masters.

The Raising of Lazarus by Duccio di Buoninsegna.

A Munch and a Monet, Girls by a Bridge
and Weeping Willow.

Louis le Nain's Peasant Interior with Old Flute Player.
I do like paintings with cats.
Exterior of the Amon Carter Museum.

Chef d'orchestre.

Frederic Remington's A Dash for the Timber.

Scenes of American life.

More Remingtons.

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