Saint Louis Art Museum

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The St. Louis Art Museum is facing a possible deficit of $9 million as a result of an unfunded liability in the city’s Employees Retirement System (ERS). That amount is nearly one-third of the museum’s $29 million 2014 budget.

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For its contribution to the 250th anniversary of St. Louis, the St. Louis Art Museum is planning an exhibition showcasing the influence of Louis IX on the world of art. Louis IX, also known as St. Louis, is the city’s namesake.

At the heart of the exhibit will be a folio out of a picture Bible on loan from the Morgan Library in New York.

“We believe that the king, Louis IX, actually commissioned this Bible,” said St. Louis Art Museum curator Judy Mann.  “It is of such outstanding quality it had to have been a royal commission.”

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How did a French king born in 1214 become the namesake of a city founded in the heart of the Americas 550 years later? The answer is woven into the fabric of St. Louis’ identity even now, as we celebrate the 250th anniversary of the city’s founding.

Friday marks the 800th anniversary of the birth of the city’s namesake: Louis IX, the only French king to become a saint.

A new exhibit by installation artist Won Ju Lim opened Friday, April 11 at the Saint Louis Art Museum. A mix of sculpture, photography, film and drawings, her exhibition “Currents 108: Raycraft is Dead” is an exploration of privacy and paranoia that was inspired by personal experience with a nosy neighbor.

Lim was an architect before she became an artist, and her work reflects a continued fascination with the field, particularly the psychology of space.  As an artist she is not limited by practicalities such as building codes and can instead focus on broader ideas.

Philadelphia Museum of Art, John G. Johnson Collection, 1917, Cat. 1050

For the next four months, the East Building of the Saint Louis Art Museum is home to a major exhibition on the changing French identity during the 19th century, as shown through paintings, photography and travel objects of the time.

“Impressionist France: Visions of Nation from Le Gray to Monet” is curated by Simon Kelly of the Saint Louis Art Museum and April M. Watson of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City. 

St. Louis Art Museum, looking to the west
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Visitors to the St. Louis Art Museum will see some changes in the museum's Panorama restaurant.

The museum is looking closely at the menu, service and kitchen operations after a six-month review observed a $260,000 loss. The red ink was noted in a Zoo-Museum District audit of the museum, released last week.

Night view of art museum (2008)
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A draft of an audit of the St. Louis Art Museum has turned up no significant issues at that institution, according to board members of the Zoo-Museum District.

Previous audits ordered by the ZMD — for the Science Center and the Missouri History Museum — revealed information that led to shakeups in leadership and changes in governance.

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Commissioners of the Zoo-Museum District, on September 30, voted to raise the property tax rate that funds five St. Louis cultural institutions to the highest level permitted by state law.  Those institutions are the St. Louis Zoo, the Missouri Botanical Garden, Saint Louis Art Museum, St. Louis Science Center and Missouri History Museum.

St. Louis Art Museum East Building
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The East Building of The Saint Louis Art Museum, designed by Sir David Chipperfield, world class architect, has been open for only a month and the crowds are still overwhelming the staff, volunteers ,and particularly the docents who have been training harder than ever to give exciting and informative tours of not only the new building, but the beautiful reinstalled galleries of the Cass Gilbert West Building.

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The Saint Louis Art Museum debuts a major expansion on Saturday, June 29 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony of its East Building at 9:30 a.m.

The new space increases the Museum’s gallery and public spaces by 30 percent, including 21 new galleries for the collection and temporary exhibitions.

The museum will be open to the public from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Saturday and 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday.

Museum curator Tricia Paik elaborates and gives a look inside the museum's new addition:

What Is Art?

Apr 5, 2013

Kristina Van Dyke, Director of the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, recently gave a lecture to the St. Louis Art Museum docents on African art in the museum's collection. A definition of art rolled off her tongue very smoothly and eloquently. She said, "What is art? It is an expression of what it means to be human.

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The construction of the St. Louis Art Museum’s new addition is now complete, but it will be several months before it’s open to the public.

The East Building, as its name suggests, sits to the east of the main building and features a dark polished exterior.

It was designed by British architect Sir David Chipperfield.

Museum director Brent Benjamin says Chipperfield did an incredible job connecting and relating the new building with the old.

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American Century Music along with the St. Louis Art Museum presents “Views from the American Century.”

According to ACM’s website the mission of the organization is to “fill a vacuum in America’s cultural fabric by bringing inspired, well-crafted works out of their obscurity with committed, insightful performances which they unquestionably deserve.”

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Federico Barroci was an Italian Renaissance painter known for his expressive and elegant work.  Host Steve Potter talks with Saint Louis Art Museum curator Judith Mann about the museum’s newest exhibit, Federico Barocci: Renaissance Master.

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The Saint Louis Art Museum Presents "Federico Barocci: Renaissance Master"
October 21, 2012 - January 20, 2013
Tuesday - Sunday, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Friday, 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Saint Louis Art Museum

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A 3,200-year-old mummy mask at the center of an international dispute will remain in St. Louis following a ruling by a federal judge.

The U.S. government sought to return the funeral mask of Lady Ka-nefer-nefer to Egypt, claiming it had been stolen before the St. Louis Art Museum purchased it from a New York art dealer in 1998. But U.S. District Judge Henry Autry in St. Louis ruled on March 31 that the mask can remain with the art museum.

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The U.S. Attorney's office is demanding that the Saint Louis Art Museum give up an Egyptian mask because it's stolen property.

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French artist Laurent Grasso's "Les Oiseaux" ("The Birds") (2008) is an extraordinary video piece now showing in the St. Louis Art Museum's New Media Series.

The eight-minute projection has the camera trained on the pink sunset over Rome's skyline and a series of curious dark clouds floating across it. The clouds turn out to be hundreds of starlings flying in groups, their synchronized motions creating unexpected, even thrilling shape-shifting effects that are more beautiful than the built structures in the city below.