Nelson Atkins Museum of Art – March Events and Exhibits

March is a magnificent month! Celebrate the capstone of our 75th Anniversary year with a visit to our new exhibition Magnificent Gifts for the 75th.

Magnificent Gifts on View This month, we celebrate the Kansas City community’s generosity with an exhibition of anniversary gifts. Magnificent Gifts for the 75th features 130 of the nearly 400 gifts and promised gifts made in honor of this momentous occasion including paintings, drawings, photographs, sculptures, ceramics, glass, furniture and more. Get your tickets today.

Collection Highlight: Kanzan
The works of art in Magnificent Gifts for the 75th have transformed eight areas of the Museum’s collection. This month’s highlight is a promised gift to the Decorative Arts collection. Kanzan depicts a legendary Buddhist poet who embodies Zen freedom and spontaneity. Artist Akio Takamori has said that the jovial monk is like an “outer ego” for himself as a middle-aged man, with childhood on one side and old age on the other. Viewers of all ages and backgrounds can place themselves both in the role of and in relation to the monk with the engaging twinkle in his eye. See Kanzan in the exhibition. Get tickets online.

Exploring Egypt
Before ancient Egypt became the topic of blockbuster movies and mystery novels, the only vision many westerners had of the region was from photographs. Exploring Egypt: 19th Century Expeditionary Photography presents photographs taken by artist-adventurers who went to great lengths to photograph the ruins of Egypt. This exhibition will guide you on a visual tour of the Nile, highlighting popular sites including the pyramids at Giza and the Great Sphinx. March 6 to July 18. Admission is free.

Visions of VeniceThe Museum’s first exhibition devoted to glass, Venice. 3 Visions in Glass explores recent pieces by three of the leading artists working in glass today. Combining tradition and innovation, these artists have produced unexpected forms, effects and moods. Visually dazzling and compelling, some pieces include abstracted brilliant cityscapes, while others are more contemplative and evocative of the watery city of Venice. March 6 to Aug. 15. Admission is free.

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