Eric M. Lee, director of the Kimbell Art Museum, will present a free lecture titled “Collecting at the Kimbell” on Friday, November 30, 2012, at 6 p.m., in the Museum auditorium. No reservations required.
Lee has served as the fourth director of the Kimbell since March 2009. Highlights of the Museum during his tenure include the acquisition of Michelangelo’s Torment of Saint Anthony, the only painting by the artist in the Western Hemisphere; Poussin’s Ordination, from his famed series of Seven Sacraments; and masterpieces by Guercino and Bonington. In this lecture, Lee will discuss how and why these important acquisitions were acquired, while examining the Museum’s collecting trends since it opened 40 years ago.
Since Lee’s arrival, the Kimbell has also undergone the design development phase of a new building designed by Renzo Piano that will complement Louis Kahn’s original landmark structure. The Kimbell broke ground for the Piano building in late 2010 and expects to open it in late 2013. Exhibitions hosted by the Kimbell during Lee’s directorship include From the Private Collections of Texas: European Art, Ancient to Modern; Fiery Pool: The Maya and the Mythic Sea; Salvator Rosa: Bandits, Wilderness, and Magic; Picasso and Braque: The Cubist Experiment, 1910–1912; Caravaggio and His Followers in Rome; and The Age of Impressionism: Great French Paintings from the Clark.
Previously, Lee served as director of Cincinnati’s Taft Museum of Art and of the University of Oklahoma’s Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art.