The Nasher Sculpture is a museum opened in 2003 that houses the Patsy and Raymond Nasher collection of modern and contemporary sculpture. The museum is 2.4 acres and is located adjacent to the Dallas Museum of Art in the Dallas Arts District.
Patsy and Raymond Nasher began their sculpture collecting journey in the 1950s. Over the years, the couple acquired pieces by Harry Bertoia, Constantin Brâncuși, Alexander Calder, Raymond Duchamp-Villon, Paul Gauguin, Willem de Kooning, Mark di Suvero, Alberto Giacometti, Barbara Hepworth, Ellsworth Kelly, Henri Matisse, Joan Miró, Henry Moore, Claes Oldenburg, Pablo Picasso, Auguste Rodin, Richard Serra, and David Smith, among others.
In 1997, Raymond Nasher acquired a plot of land across the Dallas Museum of Art in downtown Dallas and hired architect Renzo Piano to design the Nasher Sculpture Center. The $70 million project of designing and constructing the indoor and outdoor galleries of the museum was funded entirely by the Nasher Foundation. Since its opening in 2003, the Nasher Sculpture Center has featured a regularly changing exhibition of works from Raymond and Patsy Nasher's collection.
The Nasher Sculpture Center has two levels. The ground level contains three galleries, institute offices, a boardroom, and a gift shop. Head downstairs to the auditorium, an open-air theatre displaying more of Raymond and Patsy's collection.
The Nasher Sculpture Center features rotating exhibitions as well as special exhibitions in the indoor and outdoor galleries. Once a month, the museum hosts events such as "Til Midnight featuring Al Fresco dining" and the Nasher salon series.
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