European Artist featured at Crystal Bridges Museum

BENTONVILLE (CrystalBridges Press Release) Works by Pablo Picasso, Paul Gauguin, and Henri Matissewill debut at{} Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art on March 15, as themuseum hosts{} TheWilliam S. Paley Collection: A Taste for Modernism.

Thetemporary exhibition, organizedby The Museum of Modern Art in New York, features more than 60 works of art andincludes paintings, drawings, and sculpture. The exhibition will be on viewthrough July 7; Crystal Bridges is the only venue in the central United Statesto host the exhibition.

It will bethe last stop on the collection's tour before the works return to MoMA.Admission is $8 for adults. Admission to all temporary exhibitions is free forMuseum Members and for youth ages 18 and under.

Highlightsof this exhibition include works by Paul Gauguin, Andr Derain, Henri Matisse,Paul Czanne, Edgar Degas, and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, most created between1880 and 1940, at the height of French Modernism, as well as Picasso's Boy Leading a Horseallselections from the extraordinary private collection of William S. Paley, thelate founder and guiding spirit of CBS

At CrystalBridges, The PaleyCollection {}provides a rare opportunity for guests to view themasters of European Modernism who inspired many American artists, both thosestudying abroad and those working at home in the U.S.

The MoMAexhibition is augmented by a concurrent exhibition of works by AmericanModernists from Crystal Bridges' permanent collection, including three works byAlfred Henry Maurer that have not been previously on view in the Museum.{}

About CrystalBridges:

The missionof Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is to welcome all to celebrate theAmerican spirit in a setting that unites the power of art with the beauty ofnature. We explore the unfolding story of America by actively collecting, exhibiting,interpreting, and preserving outstanding works that illuminate our heritage andartistic possibilities.

Opened tothe public on 11-11-11, Crystal Bridges was founded in 2005 by the WaltonFamily Foundation as a nonprofit charitable organization for all to enjoy.Philanthropist and arts patron Alice Walton chairs the Museum's board ofdirectors. Since its opening, the Museum has welcomed more than 1.2 millionvisitors, and garnered more than 7,900 households in its membership. Some39,000 school children have participated in the Museum's Willard and Pat WalkerSchool Visit program, which provides educational experiences for school groupsat no cost to the schools. More than 220,000 visitors a year utilize theMuseum's 3.5 miles of walking trails.

CrystalBridges takes its name from a nearby natural spring and the bridge constructionincorporated in the building, designed by world-renowned architect MosheSafdie. A series of pavilions nestled around two spring-fed ponds housegalleries, meeting and classroom spaces, and a large, glass-enclosed gatheringhall. Guest amenities include a restaurant on a glass-enclosed bridgeoverlooking the ponds, a Museum Store designed by architect Marlon Blackwell,and a library featuring more than 50,000 volumes of art reference material.Sculpture and walking trails link the Museum's 120-acre park to downtownBentonville, Arkansas.Crystal Bridges' permanent collection spans five centuries of Americanmasterworks ranging from the Colonial era to the current day. Included withinthe collection are iconic images such as Asher B. Durand's Kindred Spirits, NormanRockwell's Rosie the Riveter,and Andy Warhol's Coca-Cola[3] each reflecting a distinct moment in American artisticevolutionas well as major works by modern and contemporary American artists,including Georgia O'Keeffe, John Baldessari, and James Turrell. The permanentcollection, which continues to grow through a strategic acquisition plan, is onview year-round and is enhanced by an array of temporary exhibitions, whichwere viewed by some 216,000 visitors in 2013.

CrystalBridges provides year-round programming for all ages. In 2013, more than 300public programs were offered, including lectures, performances, classes, andcontinuing education for K-12 teachers. An award-winning app, available freefor both Apple and Android devices, features audio tours of current and pastexhibitions, and many of the Museum's lectures and gallery talks are availablein Crystal Bridges' iTunes U site. A new initiative to develop high-qualitydistance-learning opportunities for students and teachers begins this year.

CrystalBridges also offers two research fellowship programs. The Tyson Scholars inAmerican Art program supports full-time scholarship in the history of Americanart. The Reese Teacher Fellowship provides for research into the development ofinterdisciplinary connections between American art and core curriculum subjectsof language arts, history, social studies, and the sciences.

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