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Nelson-Atkins Offers Focused Van Gogh Installation as Companion to Starlight Van Gogh Alive Experience

The unique mastery of Vincent van Gogh takes center stage at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City with a free, focus installation featuring three works from the museum’s collection that will be on view in the Bloch Galleries through mid-January, 2022.

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Rarely Seen Asian Textiles On View at Nelson-Atkins

For the first time in decades, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City will display precious, rarely seen Chinese, Indian, Japanese, Persian, and Turkish costumes and textiles. Weaving Splendor: Treasures of Asian Textiles opens Sept. 25 and runs through March 6, 2022. Made with fine materials, exemplary techniques, and artistry, Asian luxury textiles were treasured locally and were central to global trade. The sumptuous textiles in this exhibition conveyed the identities, status, and taste of both local and international patrons and consumers.

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Nelson-Atkins Announces New Strategic Plan, New Board Leadership

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art’s Board of Trustees has approved a series of new measures that underscore the commitment to the art in its care and to staff, volunteers, and the community. First and foremost, the Board has adopted a new Strategic Plan that integrates inclusion, diversity, equity, and access into the overall approach to the museum’s mission. Also, the museum announced an updated Board of Trustees roster that includes five new members, as well as new Board leadership beginning in May 2022.

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Second Coffee, Chocolate Pairing Released in Art-Inspired Series

Bold, dramatic flavors characterize the second product launch of coffee and chocolate inspired by an iconic work of art in the collection of The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Caravaggio’s Saint John the Baptist in the Wilderness represents the artist’s mature style in a monumental work that was painted toward the end of his career. To complement this masterpiece, The Roasterie created The Wilderness Blend, a medium roast coffee with notes of brown spice, finishing with a hint of orange blossom. As a complement to the brew, André’s Confiserie Suisse crafted a deep, rich blend of dark chocolate infused with bold flavors of brown spices blended with Swiss Alpine salt.

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New Exhibition Explores Beginnings of the Nelson-Atkins

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City opened its doors in 1933, but the collection was beginning to be built at a frantic pace three years prior. The new exhibition, Origins: Collecting to Create the Nelson-Atkins, explores the very beginnings of the collection as well as the people who made choices about what types of art to collect, the challenges and opportunities of acquiring art during the Great Depression, and the vast diversity of the museum’s first objects.

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Memento # 5 Travels to New York

Our prominent Kerry James Marshall painting was deinstalled for a trip to New York’s New Museum for the exhibition Grief and Grievance: Art and Mourning in America, Jan. 27- June 13. Nelson-Atkins Director & CEO Julián Zugazagoitia talks about the importance of the exhibition — and our beloved painting.

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