Must See Art in Kansas City

By | April 9, 2010

The presence of several great museums in Kansas City makes it a good place for art lovers looking for something new. To help you decide where to go, here’s a short list of must-see artworks you shouldn’t miss. These pieces will appeal to both art aficionados and casual viewers.

Guanyin of the Southern Sea (11th to 12th century) – located at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. This fine piece is recognized worldwide as the best sculpture outside China. Acknowledged as the most magnificent sculpture representing Chinese Buddhist art, it is part of the Chinese collection at the museum.

Saint John the Baptist in the Wilderness by Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1604-1605) – also found at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. This is one of the museums greatest treasures. It forms part of the few original works by Caravaggio in America. The painter is credited with greatly influencing the development of the Italian Baroque.

Some/one by Do Ho Suh (2004) –  at the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art. You’ll find this meticulously crafted sculpture amazing. Its made up of thousands of stainless steel dog tags combined together to form a monumental robe with outstretched arms. Like many of Suhs works, this piece talks about individuality, collectivity, anonymity and identity.

Boulevard de Capucines by Claude Monet (1873-1874) – found at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. This work gives viewers a glimpse of 19th-century Parisian life on a winter day. At first criticized for its loose brush work and ordinary subject matter, this piece has emerged as one of the most loved pieces in the museums European collection.

Microcosm by Leo Villareal (2007) – the lights are bright at the entrance to the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art thanks to this dazzling piece. Microcosm is made up of over 60,000 individual LED lights showing Villareals computer program.

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