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"Cutting Edge and Important New Art" Art Museums & Galleries Tip by yooperprof

Art Museums & Galleries, Kansas City: 25 reviews and 45 photos

  not a natural history museum
by yooperprof

Louise Bourgeois' supersized Spider dominates the front lawn of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art Museum. (Bourgeois was in her mid 80s when she created this arachnid,not bad work for an older lady!)

The Kemper's holdings are based on the collection of R. Crosby Kemper, regional banking magnate whose family are local bigwigs. (There's also a Kemper Arena in K.C.) The Kemper celebrated its tenth anniversary in 2004, and is a welcome addition to the K.C. art scene. It's location is convenient to the Plaza Shopping District, and it's just a short stroll to the Nelson-Atkins Museum and the K.C. Art Institute as well. And it's always free admission here.

The Museum was designed by noted architect Gunnar Birkerts in an uncompromisingly modernist style. The building is spare on the outside, but the dramatic inside spaces show off the collection and special exhibits nicely.

Directions: just north of the Plaza and the Nelson-Atkins, a little to the east of Main

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  • Written Jul 3, 2004
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