First opened to the public in 1933, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art maintains collections of more than 35,000 works of art.
A few highlights from the collection include Native American art from pre-European to contemporary, more than 7,000 works of Asian art spanning 5,000 years, 900 works of European art ranging from the medieval period to the late 19th century, a large collection of Old Master prints and drawings, and a collection of Modern Art from 1900 to 1959 representing Cubism, Expressionism, Fauvism, Dada, Surrealism, Bauhaus and Abstract Expressionism. The collection is displayed by culture, theme and medium.
An ongoing program of art acquisition meant the original Museum of Fine Arts building no longer provided sufficient space. This led to the unveiling, in 2007, of the Bloch Building, a state-of-the-art addition designed by Steven Holl Architects, which increased gallery and storage space for the growing collection.
Read our review of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Art Things Considered - An Art Geek Travel Blog.
29 masterworks by leading Impressionist and Post-Impressionist artists
Showcases 50+ works by leading contemporary African American artists
A glimpse of the variety of Japanese ceramics in modern times
Prints and drawings reveal the impact of modernity in the 19th and 20th centuries
Three-dimensional effects in silk and linen fragments
The social landscape of Los Angeles between 1978 and 2012
Works looted by the Nazis and returned to their owners after the war
Indigenous artists endeavor to tell their own stories
Multimedia experience incorporates themes of cultural hybridization, technology, identity, ceremonial rituals, and science fiction
Diverse artists working with the human figure