Saint Louis Art Museum
From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
Located in Forest Park in St. Louis Missouri, the museum's three-story building was built as the Palace of the Fine Arts for the 1904 World's Fair, also known as the Louisiana Purchase Exposition. Architect Cass Gilbert was inspired by the Baths of Caracalla in Rome, Italy.
In addition to the featured exhibitions, the Museum offers rotating exhibitions and installations. These include the Currents series that showcases contemporary artists, as well as regular exhibitions of textiles, new media art, and works on paper.
The collection of the Saint Louis Art Museum contains more than 30,000 art works from antiquity to the present. The collection is divided into eleven areas:
The modern art collection includes Matisse, Gauguin, Monet, Picasso, and Van Gogh. Its particularly good collection of 20th-century German paintings, includes one of the world's largest Max Beckmann collections. It also has Chuck Close's Keith (1970). The collections of Turkish rugs and Oceanic and Pre-Columbian pieces are among the finest in the world. The museum holds the Egyptian mummy, Amen-Nestawy-Nakht, and two mummies on loan from Washington University It has the largest U.S.-museum collection of paintings by American painter George Caleb Bingham.