Now a 40-year staple in the Fort Worth Arts District, the Kimbell represents the best of a traditional collection. We rely on it to feed us work by the masters Michelangelo, Caravaggio, Poussin, Monet and Matisse — and to bring touring exhibitions that only an institution with the Kimbell’s cultural clout could possibly ensnare. To celebrate its birthday milestone, the museum is holding a special exhibition called The Kimbell at 40: An Evolving Masterpiece, featuring more than 220 triumphant pieces from its stockpiled permanent collection. Cool, right? Hold up, it gets better. They’ll display them in a chronological fashion, based on the order each piece was acquired, rather than by style or tone of work. That means two artists who hated each other might be showcased side by side, which is always exciting (read: if you’re a total nerd). Another reason for a dorkgasm is that the Kimbell created a cool conservation app for the exhibition, which details intricacies like “the hand on that guy was repainted in 1972,” and you can borrow an iPad from the front desk to check it out. Oh, and one more rad reason to go: The show is completely free. The Kimbell at 40 runs Tuesdays through Sundays until December 30. Visit kimbellart.org.
Tuesdays-Sundays. Starts: Nov. 2. Continues through Dec. 30, 2012