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This is the front of the museum; temporary exhibits included Cindy Sherman photographs and some Marc Chagall art. 7.33 Texas ratingStar
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The Dallas Museum of Art is a general art museum with a vast collection of 26,000 art works that span the globe artistically and culturally and range in time from contemporary to thousands of years ago. American and European art from the 17th to the 20th centuries tend to be more extensive. Although the museum building is sizable, it displays only about 10% of the collection at any one time. Throughout the year the museum also has 2 to 3 special temporary exhibits on loan from other collections. The permanent collection is free but special exhibits typically have a fee. The museum also includes a sculpture garden, café, library and a learning center.

The museum traces its roots to an art committee organized in 1903, which was created to display art in the Dallas Public Library. The collection grew quickly based on some large early contributions to the point where it moved to a new permanent home in Fair Park in 1909. In 1936, the museum moved into a new building also at Fair Park to better display the collection. Additional milestones took place in 1963, when the museum merged with a contemporary arts museum and in 1984, when it moved to its current location.

More interesting parts of the permanent collection included 19th and 20th century American and European paintings and sculpture as well as some modernistic furniture from the 1950s-1960s. The Reeves collection is unusual in that it is displayed to resemble the Reeves' French villa. It's replete with their art and furnishings but scant on information. The temporary special exhibits at that time on Marc Chagall and Cindy Sherman were excellent. These special exhibits are a key draw because they tend to be more comprehensive, informative and memorable than permanent holdings. Given the museum's size and the scope, a visit can generate information overload if you try and see everything in one shot, but spending a day or more will still provide a quality experience for those interested in the art world.
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