Night and Day: Wednesday, December 12, 2002
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Modernized Modern

Closed since May, The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth re-opens to the public this week. The main attraction will naturally be the newly designed building by Tadao Ando. The Japanese architect’s work makes the Fort Worth institution the second largest museum in the world devoted to the display of modern and contemporary art. (The largest remains that other Museum of Modern Art, the one in New York City.)

To be sure, the building won’t be the only thing to see. The permanent collection will be up in its new surroundings, as the Modern celebrates the anniversary of its founding in 1892 with a show called 110 Years: The Permanent Collection at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. New acquisitions will be on display, such as Francis Bacon’s 1956 “Self-Portrait” and Vija Celmins’ “Night Sky #17.” A number of landscape photos of the Rio Grande River and other southwestern locales by Thomas Joshua Cooper will be making their debut, as will some abstract paintings by Irish-born American painter Sean Scully. Art museums are judged by more stringent criteria than other buildings, and what sort of home Ando’s new facility provides for these newcomers and the old favorites will bear close watching.

110 Years: The Permanent Collection at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth runs Dec 14-Mar 9 at 3200 Darnell St, FW. Admission is free. Call 817-738-9215.


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