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This is Rodin’s famous Age of Bronze. The aluminum mesh that deflects direct sunlight can be seen in the shadow in back.
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Nasher Sculpture Center

2001 Flora Street Dallas, Texas 75201
The museum is open Tue.-Sun. 11-5, closed on Mondays.
214-242-5100 1.5 hours
April 2013 Fall, Spring
$10-29 Dallas Texas
Website Educational Art Museums
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Opened in 2003, the Nasher Sculpture Center is a museum and garden area that displays sculptures and art collected by the late Raymond Nasher. The collection includes works from leading artists of the 19th and 20th centuries, such as Miro, Picasso, Rodin, Moore and Serra and is widely recognized for its quality and sophistication. Facilities include a 55,000 square foot building and a 1.4 acre garden area out back that frequently doubles as a wedding venue.

Raymond Nasher was a successful real estate developer in Dallas. One of his signature developments is NorthPark Center, a high-end mall that also displays sculptures and modern art. Nasher and his wife Patsy began collecting art in the 1950s, and their collection grew significantly over the years. Although the Nasher collection was coveted by many museums, Raymond instead chose to create the Nasher Center to display the collection and to spur local interest in modern sculpture art.

The museum’s marble walls, hardwood floors and clear glass give it a bright and contemporary look that is both open and inviting. The verdant garden is small but relaxing and feels a bit like strolling around someone’s back yard in the middle of a busy city. A one hour tour of the museum on a Saturday provided a reasonably good overview. Approximately 30 sculptures were on display, representing about 10% of the collection. While the art was quite impressive and often contemplative, there was not much of it to see. Somewhat mitigating this shortcoming are periodic temporary exhibits from additional artists, such as a recent one on ceramic art from the late Ken Price. It's a good idea to check the museum website for exhibit information prior to a visit. The Nasher can be viewed quickly and it can work if you want to catch some art on the fly or for when relatives are in town, but if you are looking for a more in-depth experience, you will have better luck next door at one of the special exhibitions at the Dallas Museum of Art.
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2/28/2014 3:53:20 PM
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I enjoyed it. It was a good way to experience art.
Amanda R
5/6/2013 8:47:57 AM
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Could have been more informative. Probably not the best place for kids. I like the outdoor space. They have a lot of private events (i.e. weddings) there on the weekend thoough, so keep this in mind if you go on the weekend.
5/6/2013 10:39:29 AM
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The outdoor space was one of the best parts. It's quieter than you would expect for a place in the city.