Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale

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NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale
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Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale is located in Florida
Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale
Location within Florida
LocationFort Lauderdale, Florida
Coordinates26°07′11″N 80°08′34″W / 26.11963°N 80.14288°W / 26.11963; -80.14288
TypeArt museum
DirectorBonnie Clearwater

The NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale is an art museum in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Originating in 1958 as the Fort Lauderdale Art Center, the museum is located in a 75,000-square-foot (7,000 m2) modernist building designed by Edward Larrabee Barnes. The current building was constructed in 1986, with a 10,000-square-foot (930 m2) wing added in 2001. The main exhibition area comprises 21,000 square feet (2,000 m2); a sculpture terrace on the second floor adds an additional 2,800 square feet (260 m2) of space.[1] The museum, unlike major museums in nearby Miami, Florida and Palm Beach, Florida, emphasizes contemporary (20th century) projects.[2]

Among its 6,200 pieces are a significant collection of ceramics by Pablo Picasso, a collection of contemporary Cuban art representing the contributions of more than 125 artists, and North America's largest exhibition of work from the Northern European CoBrA avant-garde movement.[3] The museum's collections are strong in the cultures of South Florida and the Caribbean.[4]

The museum is associated with Nova Southeastern University.

Glackens Wing[edit]

In 2001, the museum expanded, adding the Glackens wing to house a collection of over 500 works from American realist painter William Glackens. The 2,000-square-foot (190 m2) exhibit[5] is the largest collection of his work in existence, and includes both his oldest known (Philadelphia Landscape, 1893) and last completed (White Rose and Other Flowers, 1937) paintings.

Tutankhamun exhibit[edit]

In December 2005, a traveling exhibit of relics from the tomb of Egyptian Pharaoh Tutankhamun opened at the Museum of Art. The museum was one of only four venues for this exhibit, touring the United States for the first time in over 25 years. During its four-month run in Fort Lauderdale, over 700,000 tickets were sold.[6]

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  1. ^ "About the Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale". Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale. Retrieved 2007-06-22.
  2. ^ Gleuck, Grace (23 June 1985). "The art boom sets off a building spree". The New York Times. Retrieved 2007-06-22.
  3. ^ "History of the NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale". Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale. Retrieved 2007-06-22.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on June 5, 2009. Retrieved July 4, 2009.
  5. ^ Trelles, Emma (4 February 2007). "Step into his parlor". South Florida Sun-Sentinel. Archived from the original on 2007-09-29. Retrieved 2007-06-22.
  6. ^ "King Tut exhibition at greater Fort Lauderdale's Museum of Art proves destination's cultural clout" (Press release). Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau. 30 May 2006. Retrieved 2007-06-22.

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