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THE NEW RENZO PIANO PAVILLION AT THE KIMBELL ART MUSEUM IN FORT WORTH, TEXAS

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Will officially open November 22nd and will have wonderful space for the Museum’s Asian collection.

Built across the 1972 Luis Kahn building, and partially built below ground and using only half the amount of energy per square foot as the Kahn Building. I watched a video by the director Eric M. Lee – he was most impressed by the weightlessness of the glass roof system, the twenty-nine pairs of wooden roof beams extending outside the building under the overhanging canopy, and the multiple layers of exterior and interior glass directing the natural light.

Prominently featured in the new Pavillion will be the exhibition:
SAMURAI
ARMOR FROM THE ANN AND GABRIEL BARBIER-MUELLER COLLECTION

FEBRUARY 16th – AUGUS 17th, 2014. 

https://www.kimbellart.org/exhibition/samurai-armor-ann-and-gabriel-barbier-mueller-collection

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More than 140 items of armor, helmets and accessories, including 20 full suits of armor together with three life-size horses clad in armor will showcase the power, honor and value of Japan’s military elite, the warlords, the daimyos and samurai of feudal Japan – when the Emperor resided in Kyoto and the shogun in Edo (Tokyo). Bushido – the code of conduct for the samurai which included honesty, courage, honor, tradition, and loyalty is important for understanding the specialized art form that developed for the samurai’s armor. These often very magnificent suits of armor were either worn for special occasions or showcased in a daimyo’s home – as evidence of power and status. This unique collection spans ten centuries, 10th to the 19th century, and was amassed over a period 25 years and is normally housed in its own museum – the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Museum in Dallas.

In preparation for this exhibit I started to read from my library:

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Bushido: The Way of the Warrior, by John Newman, 1989.

Cheers,

Elisabeth and Natasha

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