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.
Four works of Color Field painting
29 masterworks by leading Impressionist and Post-Impressionist artists
Explores the roles and aesthetic qualities of writing in Asia
The wide-ranging possibilities of etching during the American Etching Revival
Explores theatrical comedy and tragedy through prints and drawings
A selection from 800 photographs acquired as a gift
A glimpse of the variety of Japanese ceramics in modern times
Works on paper in this gallery change every twelve months to showcase the variety of the collection
Two paintings now firmly attributed to Netherlandish masters
Highlights significant acquisitions of the last decade
5 velvet textiles in radiant reds created during a period of expanded exploration and trade
200+ items from Napoleon’s chateau include masterpieces of painting and sumptuous decorative arts
Works provide an essential look at a vital era of abstraction in American art
Portraits by some of the leading miniaturists of the Regency period
Furniture design as sculpture
Examines Kirstein's influence on the American art world
Includes prints from the 16th century with a focus on the human figure