Cy Twombly Gallery: Renzo Piano Kimbell Art Museum

Cy Twombly Gallery Kimbell Art Museum, KAM Building, Texas Development, US Architecture

Cy Twombly Gallery at Kimbell Art Museum

KAM Building, TX, USA – design by RPBW

Dec 10, 2013

Cy Twombly Gallery at Kimbell Art Museum

Design: Renzo Piano Building Workshop (RPBW)

Location: KAM, Texas, USA

Building at Kimbell Art Museum, Texas

The Menil Collection Cy Twombly Gallery:

Cy Twombly Gallery
photograph courtesy The Menil Collection, Houston, Texas, special appreciation to Gretchen Bock Sammons, Communications Department

Commissioned by Dominique de Menil and opened in 1995, the Cy Twombly Gallery is architect Renzo Piano’s second U.S. commission (the first being the main building of the Menil Collection).

Cy Twombly Gallery
photograph courtesy The Menil Collection, Houston, Texas, special appreciation to Gretchen Bock Sammons, Communications Department

Based on an initial sketch by Twombly himself, the building features an exterior of pre-cast, scored concrete (the façade is meant to resemble stone blocks).

Cy Twombly Gallery
photograph courtesy The Menil Collection, Houston, Texas, special appreciation to Gretchen Bock Sammons, Communications Department

Turned demurely away from the street, the entrance faces a great live oak tree on the east lawn. Like the main building across the street, the Cy Twombly Gallery possesses a sophisticated roofing system of filtered glass and steel louvers.

Cy Twombly Gallery
photograph courtesy The Menil Collection, Houston, Texas, special appreciation to Gretchen Bock Sammons, Communications Department

Described by Piano as “a butterfly alighting on a firm surface,” a grid of white steel seems to float over the entire building. Throughout the 9300 square-foot interior, canvas sailcloth ceilings further modulate the Texas sun, with light playing softly on the galleries’ plaster walls and white-oak floors.

Cy Twombly Gallery
photograph courtesy The Menil Collection, Houston, Texas, special appreciation to Gretchen Bock Sammons, Communications Department

Renzo Piano Pavilion, lobby view looking east toward Kahn Building, 2013:

Renzo Piano Pavilion at Kimbell Art Museum
photo : Robert Polidori

Links:

http://www.menil.org/visit/building.php

http://www.menil.org/collection/CyTwomblyInDepth.php

Renzo Piano Pavilion at Kimbell Art Museum Building

The original Kimbell Art Museum Building by Renzo Piano:

Renzo Piano building at the Menil Collection
photo courtesy Menil Collection

Renzo Piano building at the Menil Collection
photo courtesy Menil Collection

Kimbell Art Museum hours: Tuesday–Thursday and Saturdays, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; Fridays, noon–8 p.m.; Sundays, noon–5 p.m.; closed Mondays. For general information, call 817-332-8451. Website: www.kimbellart.org. Address: 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth, TX 76107.

*Admission to view the Museum’s permanent collection is always FREE.

Renzo Piano Pavilion at Kimbell Art Museum images / information from RPBW via Joel Solkoff

New Pavilion at Kimbell Art Museum architect : Renzo Piano Building Workshop

Address: 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd, Fort Worth, TX 76107, United States

Phone: +1 817-332-8451


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