The Kimbell Art Foundation, which owns and operates the Kimbell Art Museum, has weathered the current financial storm better than most. The economy has, however, affected the museum’s membership and earned-income revenues. Fortunately, while—as always—monitoring expenses, we have been able to avoid significant cuts and will continue to present outstanding exhibitions and educational opportunities to the public. Acquisitions have long been the lifeblood of the Kimbell, and this tradition remains strong with the recent purchase of Michelangelo’s The Torment of Saint Anthony. We are also moving forward with plans for a new building by Renzo Piano, with groundbreaking expected in late 2010.
Admission to the museum’s permanent collection is always free but there is usually a charge for special exhibitions. The museum is also offering a wide array of free programming, including family activity days and a variety of lectures and gallery talks. As many in our community are choosing to forgo vacation plans and spend their time at home, we are an educational and entertainment option—as well as a refuge from the cares of everyday life—that our neighbors and friends turn to at little or no expense.