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Kimbell Art Museum Celebrates 40 Years with Family Activities

The fun doesn’t stop at 40! All are invited to help the Kimbell Art Museum celebrate four memorable decades in Fort Worth on Sunday, October 7, from noon to 4 p.m. on the opening day of the anticipated retrospective exhibition, The Kimbell at 40: An Evolving Masterpiece. This community-wide art party features performances, art-making activities, children’s films and guided family tours for all ages.

This exciting event is presented in partnership with WRR Classical 101.1 FM, Fort Worth Opera, and Lone Star Film Society.

Ongoing Art-Making Activities, west portico
My Mini-Museum: Design your own Kahn-inspired museum model with miniature artworks.
Fit-For-a-Frame-Paintings: Decorate frames to complete your original watercolor painting.

Fort Worth Opera
Children’s Opera Theatre, The Bremen Town Musicians
12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., Museum auditorium
This production, both fun and educational, offers a great way to introduce children to the arts with the hilarious adaptation of a classic fairytale. General Boom the Donkey tries to form a band for the town of Bremen with Dorabella the Cat, Barcarolle the Dog and Eddie Pensier the Rooster. It doesn’t take long for them to discover that they have to consider each other’s feelings before they can make music, but can these very different farm animals band together before pirates steal all of their instruments?

Children’s Films, 1:30 p.m., Museum auditorium
I, Crocodile (2001, 9 min.)
Roberto, The Insect Architect (2005, 11 min.)
Tikki Tikki Tembo (2005, 9 min.)
The Curious Garden (2010, 10 min.)

The Kimbell at 40: An Evolving Masterpiece is on view at the Kimbell Art Museum from October 7 to December 30, 2012. The Kimbell will showcase the largest-ever display of its world-renowned permanent collection as part of a three-month-long commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the opening of its building, Louis I. Kahn’s modernist masterwork, on October 4, 1972. For this milestone exhibition, more than 220 masterpieces from the collection will be displayed in a unique exhibition throughout the Museum’s galleries. Admission is free.

For a complete schedule of events, visit

The Kimbell at 40: An Evolving Masterpiece is organized by the Kimbell Art Museum.

Opening Day activities are presented in partnership with WRR 101.1 Classical FM, Fort Worth Opera, and Lone Star Film Society.

The exhibition is sponsored by The Beck Group, the general contractor for the current Kimbell expansion. In celebration of the Kimbell’s 40th anniversary and Beck’s 100th anniversary, Beck is also providing 40 free buses to transport school children from around North Texas to the Museum during the exhibition. Additional support is provided by the Texas Commission on the Arts.

Promotional support is provided by American Airlines, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, and NBC 5.

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