Balenciaga and Goya at the Kimbell this fall
The Kimbell Art Museum presents two distinct special exhibitions featuring the works of esteemed Spanish artists who were captivated by the richness and mystery of the color black and the dramatic opposition of light and dark.
The exhibit – Balenciaga in Black and Goya in Black and White – will be on view in the Renzo Piano Pavilion from Oct. 7 through Jan. 6, 2019.
Balenciaga in Black showcases more than 100 examples of haute-couture fashion created by the revered designer Cristóbal Balenciaga in the prime of his career, from the 1940s through the 1960s.
The garments reveal the imaginative yet simple taste of this extraordinarily skillful tailor who invented the semi-fitted suit, the tunic dress and the sack dress, the museum said in a news release. This year marks the 50th anniversary since the closing of his atelier in Paris.
Francisco de Goya is celebrated as one of the greatest Spanish painters of all time and equally acknowledged as an extraordinary draftsman and printmaker.
Goya in Black and White complements the Balenciaga exhibition and display more than 85 superb examples of his works on paper.
The Kimbell said that in addition to their common Spanish lineage and cultural heritage, these virtuosos of distinctively different mediums embraced the color black, in all its manifest variations and permutations, to produce work of unprecedented imagination and beauty.
“Cristóbal Balenciaga is among the most influential fashion designers of modern times. His eye for creating garments that were sophisticated and restrained yet intricate and detailed, paired with his mastery of materials and construction, was unrivaled,” Eric M. Lee, director of the Kimbell Art Museum, said in the release.
“He was truly an architect of couture, and I’m thrilled that his creations will be presented in the striking architecture of the Kimbell’s Piano Pavilion,” Lee said.
Goya in Black and White showcases works on paper from the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, renowned for their depth and richness in the graphic arts, the Kimbell release said.
Balenciaga in Black is organized by the Palais Galliera, Fashion Museum of the City of Paris, Paris Musées. Additional support is provided by the Shops at Clearfork. Promotional support is provided by American Airlines, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, NBC5 and PaperCity.
Goya in Black and White is organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Promotional support is provided by American Airlines, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and NBC5.
Balenciaga in Black and Goya in Black and White are supported in part by a grant from the Fort Worth Tourism Public Improvement District.
– FWBP Staff
Balenciaga in Black and Goya in Black and White
Oct. 7-Jan. 6, 2019
Admission to Balenciaga in Black is $18 for adults, $16 for seniors and students, $14 for ages 6–11, and free for children under 6.
Admission is half-price all day on Tuesdays and after 5 p.m. on Fridays. Admission to Goya in Black and White is free.
Admission is always free to view the Museum’s permanent collection.