Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

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Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
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Established1892
Location3200 Darnell Street
Fort Worth, TX 76107 United States
Type Art [1]
DirectorMarla Price
Website www.themodern.org

The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth (widely referred to as The Modern) is a museum of post-World War II art in Fort Worth, TX. The museum dates back to 1892 and its current building in the city's Cultural District opened in 2002. It can show up to 150 works of art and its permanent collection includes more than 3,000 works.

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The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth was first granted a Charter from the State of Texas in 1892 as the "Fort Worth Public Library and Art Gallery", evolving through several name changes and different facilities in Fort Worth. The mission of the museum is "collecting, presenting and interpreting international developments in post-World War II art in all media."

The current building, designed by Japanese architect Tadao Ando was opened to the public on Saturday, December 14, 2002. The Museum currently showcases up to 150 works of art in its 53,000 square feet (4,900 m2) of gallery space. The majority of works in the collection are dated in between 1945 and present. [2] The "Modern" is located in the city's Cultural District, adjacent to the Kimbell Art Museum, designed by Louis I. Kahn, and near the Amon Carter Museum, designed by Philip Johnson. The building features five long pavilions set into a reflecting pond.

Tadao Ando Japanese architect

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Philip Johnson American architect

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  1. 1 2 The Modern: About, Artinfo, 2008, retrieved 2008-07-21
  2. "Mission | Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth". www.themodern.org. Retrieved 2019-02-28.

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