Crystal Bridges Museum – Interior (2011)
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
Moshe Safdie, Architect
600 Museum Way, Bentonville AR 72712
Visited April 27 & 28 2013
The museum has an comprehensive collection of American Art arranged in a series of galleries by style. There are masterpieces and lesser known works of high quality spanning colonial times to today. These words are not meant to be “promotional” ( my blog is strictly an architect’s personal travel diary of sorts – I have not received any compensation for any of my posts). The truth is I was surprised – if not somewhat shocked- at the Museum and it’s first class collection.
This museum is in northwest Arkansas, in the small town of Bentonville, within walking distance of the very Norman Rockwell like town square. The American artwork and the building that houses it was collected and funded by Alice Walton, the widow of the founder of Walmart. The museum’s brochure states ” it is one of the premier destination museums in the nation”, after my 2 day visit to the museum, I heartily agree.
Among those represented are Charles Wilson Peale, John Singer Sargent, Asher Durand, James McNeill Whistler, Thomas Hart Benton, Edward Hopper, Maxfield Parrish, Winslow Homer, Charles Sheeler, Mary Cassatt, Josef Albers, Roy Lichtenstein, Jasper Johns, The collection includes portraits as diverse as Gilbert Stewart’s George Washington, Norman Rockwell’s Rosie the Riveter, Warhol’s Dolly Parton ( see photos).
In Bentonville, Arkansas.
Check out my photos of the exterior
The Museum’s Website