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Matisse artwork

Established in 1927, the Speed Art Museum in Louisville is Kentucky’s oldest and largest art museum, with more than 12,000 pieces in its permanent collection.

Van Gogh artwork That collection spans 6,000 years, ranging from ancient Egyptian to contemporary art, and includes distinguished holdings in 17th-century Dutch and Flemish painting, 18th-century French art, Renaissance and Baroque tapestries, and contemporary American painting and sculpture. African and Native American works represent a growing segment of the Speed’s collection.

The museum also houses paintings, sculpture, furniture, and decorative arts created by Kentucky artists for Kentuckians.

At the time of the Mixed Media visit in the fall of 2002, the Speed was preparing to welcome the Millet to Matisse exhibition. Drawn from Glasgow’s distinguished Kelvingrove Art Gallery, the exhibition includes 64 paintings rarely seen outside Scotland. Millet to Matisse includes works from the impressionist, post-impressionist, and modern periods by such masters as Monet, Renoir, Cassatt, Cézanne, van Gogh, and Picasso. The show will be traveling to only six cities in the United States, with Louisville as the opening venue. It was organized by the American Federation of Arts and the Glasgow Museums. The presentation in Louisville is sponsored by the Humana Foundation.

Program 508

Visits to Louisville’s Speed Art Museum and Paducah’s Arts In Action Festival, the traveling thespians known as the Blue Apple Players, and the sounds of the Louisville String Quartet. (#508)


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