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Renzo Piano Pavilion
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Many in Fort Worth were dismayed several years ago when it was announced that construction of the new addition to the Kimbell Museum would involve tearing up the beautiful expansive lawn that people use to picnic, relax, and play frisbee. There was a promise that the architecture would take the landscape and the site into consideration. But you know how promises go....However, years later, the new addition to the Kimbell, named the Renzo Piano Pavilion (after the architect) is complete and the promises kept. Not only is the museum spectacular but the beauty of the original landscaping has been restored. From a review in the NY Times: "The architect behind the expansion of the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth is so famous that his name has been affixed to the project like a brand... Mr. Piano has designed notable buildings like the Pompidou Center in Paris and the Modern Wing of the Art Institute of Chicago, and his association with Texas institutions of fine art dates back more than a quarter-century to his 1987 Menil Collection in Houston. Eight years later, he designed the Cy Twombly Gallery in the same city and in 2003 his Nasher Sculpture Center opened in Dallas... But the $135 million Piano Pavilion is, perhaps, Mr. Piano�s most subtly ambitious Texas work to date � in part because the structure was commissioned to serve one of the most revered museum buildings in the country, designed by the American architect Louis I. Kahn." The rest of the review can be read at: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/24/us/the-kimbells-stylish-sustainable-new-addition.html?_r=0 Fort Worth is ecstatic to have this new addition to the museum district!
December 2nd, 2013
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