Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, which opened its doors in 2011, is 50,000 square feet of gallery space and an art collection worth hundreds of millions of dollars located amidst the Arkansas’ Ozarks.
When you first hear about Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, you might be tempted to give your head a shake: what’s a huge, modern art museum like this doing all by its lonesome out in the middle of the Ozarks? The answer is pretty simple: have you ever heard of Walmart?
That’s right – Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is sponsored entirely by Walmart. The brain-child of Alice Walton, an heir to the Walmart fortune, Crystal Bridges Museum is an oasis of great and important American art in a region of the country with a dearth of such edifices. Whether you love the corporation behind Crystal Bridges Museum or not, it’s hard to find fault with this particular endeavor!
Named for Crystal Spring over which it was built, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art consists of eight linked pavilions around and over two large, Crystal Spring-fed pools. Inside you’ll find a collection of more than 400 paintings and sculptures spanning colonial times to the present day.
Crystal Bridges’ collection includes major works by such important American artists as John Singer Sargent, George Catlin, George Bellows, Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, Janet Sobel, Asher B. Durand, Jackson Pollock, and so many more.
Beyond the stunning collection of American art within its walls, Crystal Bridges Museum also impresses in its ability to mix the experience of art and history with that of the natural world. Crystal Bridges Museum’s windows, spaces, and allowance of natural light never allow you to feel too far removed from the outdoors, no matter how close to a masterpiece you might also be! Instead, the two environments are woven together through the museum’s architecture and the careful, clever way the collection is displayed within it.
If you’re in the Northwest Ozarks near Bentonville, you owe yourself a visit to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
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