Favorite Museums of DFW Part 3 of 5 – Nasher Sculpture Center
Now that the weather is turning cooler, it is a great time to visit some of the many outdoor cultural venues that Dallas has to offer. Recently, I visited the Nasher Sculpture garden and thought I’d share my experience with you!
Raymond and Patsy Nasher began collecting sculptures in the 1950’s. On a trip to Mexico they became interested in pre-Columbian pieces of art. After that purchase, the collection grew as they started obtaining sculptures from other periods in addition to a number of important American modernist paintings and prints.
The Nashers started making more significant acquisitions during the 1960’s, but it was not until the 1980’s that the collection started to grow at a swift rate. During this time, they also became interested in pieces by living artists as they broadened the scope of their collection.
The Nasher Collection started to receive recognition by the late 1980’s and by the late 1990’s, was featured in museums such as the California Palace of the Legion of Honor in San Francisco and the Guggenheim in New York City.
Brought to Reality
The collection came to life in its current facility in 2003 in a 55,000 square foot museum foot museum and sculpture garden. Designed by Renzo Piano and Peter Walker, the Nasher Sculpture garden is located across the street from the Dallas Museum of Art, and is home to more than 300 sculptures. The museum also houses a signification collection of art that include drawings, paintings, prints, and photographs. The Nasher is truly one of the crown jewels of the Dallas Arts District.
When you get outside, you start to understand why the institution is so unique. There is something special about viewing works of art in a garden. It gives a sense of serenity that I have not received from other galleries. This had an especially strong impact on me at a young age, as it was the first museum I ever visited in Dallas. The layout of the facility is very open, and its design allows light from all directions. However, it is the garden that truly define this space. There is an interplay between the garden and the sculpture that is unparalleled and truly reflects the Nasher’s appreciation for the collection.
In the pictures above, I have included the piece that spoke to me the most; Picasso’s Head of a Woman. The plaster is a dedicated to his close friend, Guillaume Appollinarie, and sets the atmosphere for the rest of the outdoor space.
If you live in Dallas, or are simply traveling through Dallas, that you stop by the Nasher Sculpture Center. The address is below. It is quite something special.
Nasher Sculpture Center
2001 Flora St, Dallas, TX 75201
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