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For four decades, the Kimbell Art Museum has held elegant court in Fort Worth?s Cultural District.

Over the years, the museum--perhaps vaunted architect Louis I. Kahn?s most notable effort--has become iconic eye candy for tourists and natives alike. (Not to mention that housed beneath its soaring arches and within its light-filled vaults is an exquisite collection of art.)

Now, just a year before the museum is slated to open its greatly anticipated Renzo Piano-designed addition, there?s another cause for celebration: a 40th anniversary. To honor this milestone, a special exhibition, The Kimbell at 40: An Evolving Masterpiece, will be featured through December 30.

Comprising more than 220 pieces of the permanent collection, the exhibition takes visitors on a journey through the museum?s architectural achievements, pivotal acquisitions, important exhibitions and historic events, all in a thoroughly digestible and highly entertaining manner.

From Monet?s La Pointe de la Hève at Low Tide to Matisse?s L?Asie, from Egyptian Old Kingdom antiquities to Pre-Columbian art, the Kimbell--often regarded as one of the best small museums in the world--has amassed quite a collection, indeed.

It?s a special celebration now, and we?ll be sure to save our party hats for next year too.

Kimbell Art Museum, 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth; 817-332-8451 or kimbellart.org

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