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Kimbell Art Museum Exhibition and Lectures

Balenciaga. Veste et robe. Ensemble (habillement). Cloqué matelassé lamé Lurex, doublure en crêpe de Chine. 1968. Galliera, musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris.




October 7, 2018 to January 6, 2019


Cristóbal Balenciaga (1895–1972) is often called “the couturier’s couturier”—the fashion designer revered by all other fashion designers. From his first runway collection, in 1937, through the closure of his Paris salon, in 1968, Balenciaga’s clients were among the most influential trendsetters of the day. This autumn, the Kimbell Art Museum will partner with the Palais Galliera, the distinguished fashion museum of the city of Paris, to present Balenciaga in Black, an exhibition of more than one hundred pieces from the collections of the Galliera and the archives of the Maison Balenciaga.

The carefully selected costumes and accessories, all made by hand in the haute-couture ateliers of this fashion genius, share one major feature: they are all black. For Balenciaga, black was vibrant, capable of exhibiting a dazzling interplay of light through luxurious fabrics and materials. This exhibition reveals the masterful shapes created by the artist with apparently simple cuts and impeccably composed adornments of lace, embroidery, silk, fringes, beads, and sequins. These expertly executed, timeless silhouettes continue to inspire modern fashion.

This exhibition is organized by the Palais Galliera, Fashion Museum of the City of Paris, Paris Musées.



October 7, 2018 to January 6, 2019

Francisco de Goya y Lucientes is among the best-known figures in the history of Spanish art and renowned as one of the greatest painters of all time. He is also revered as one of history’s greatest draftsmen and printmakers. This exhibition will showcase more than seventy-five of his paramount works on paper from the unparalleled collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Goya in Black and White will explore the evolution of the artist’s graphic work in all media. The importance of black and white will be shown throughout the exhibition—not only literally, in black ink on white paper, but also figuratively, as in the oppositions of night and day, the balance between menacing shadow and hopeful light, that pervade the artist’s imagination. In the Kimbell’s exhibition, Goya’s principal series and best-known compositions, including the Caprichos series, The Sleep of Reason Produces MonstersDisasters of WarDisparates, and Tauromaquia, will be represented in detail, some works in multiple impressions, to show the creative evolution of the artistic process of a genius.

This exhibition is organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.




Trailblazers: Fort Worth’s Emerging Creative Class

Fort Worth is now the youngest city in the state of Texas—and you can feel a buzz all over the place. A new generation is reinventing neighborhoods with repurposed venues and innovative approaches to everything from retail design, film, public art, cuisine, and even curated events. Meet some of the trailblazers who are embracing our city’s traditions—its world-class arts organizations and unique western heritage—but adding their own spin, and, along the way, reshaping our ideas about culture. After the discussion, continue the conversation at a reception in the Pavilion Lobby presented by Visit Fort Worth.

Susan Gruppi and Jessica Miller, M2G Ventures

Jonathan Morris, Fort Worth Barber Shop

Red Sanders, Red Productions

Noel and Sara Viramontes, Blackhouse