Nasher Sculpture Center

Nasher Sculpture Center

The Nasher Sculpture Center is a museum in Dallas Texas that houses one of the world’s greatest collections of modern and contemporary sculpture. Located on a 2.4-acre site adjacent to the Dallas Museum of Art in the Dallas Arts District, the center opened in 2003 and was designed by Prizker Prize winner architect Renzo Piano. Learn more here in Dallas,TX.

The Raymond and Patsy Nasher Collection, featuring more than 300 masterpieces, is displayed in both indoor and outdoor galleries and includes works by Alexander Calder, Willem de Kooning, Alberto Giacometti, Pablo Picasso, Joan Miro, and Roy Lichtenstein. The center also offers educational and research facilities, a cafe by Wolfgang Puck, and an auditorium.

Docent-Guided Tours / Small Group Guided tours of the center are available for groups from 10-20 people with docents to lead the tour and answer questions. Self-Guided Tours / Free audio tours are also available.

Special Exhibitions & Retrospectives

The center presents rotating and permanent exhibits from the Nasher Collection as well as special exhibitions drawn from other museums and private collections. Among the recent major exhibitions presented by the museum are Matisse: Painter as Sculptor, Tony Cragg: Seeing Things, and Variable States: Intention, Appearance, and Interpretation in Modern Sculpture.

A Sentence in Soil: Magali Reus and Lynda Benglis

A Sentence in Soil, a new exhibition by London-based artist Magali Reus and American-born, Paris-based Lynda Benglis, addresses the relationship between language and matter. The title suggests both the muteness and complexity of these two elements, which echoes Reus’ own use of space and form.

This exhibition is on view at the Nasher Sculpture Center through September 1, 2014. It is co-organized by the National Gallery of Canada, the Nasher Sculpture Center, and the Centre for Contemporary Art in Glasgow.

Visiting this beautiful and unique museum in the heart of Dallas is a great way to learn more about the city’s art culture. With a great collection of modern and contemporary art, this is definitely one of the must-see art museums in the area!

The garden of the Nasher Sculpture Center is an integral part of the center and was designed by landscape architect Peter Walker. The garden consists of a 1.5-acre site, incorporating a series of stepped terraces, and is surrounded by discontinuous travertine stone walls.

Like the building, the garden is meant to serve as a place of respite from the city’s bustle, allowing the Works to set up a dialogue with nature. Unlike traditional art galleries, the building and garden are designed to allow for different perspectives that create an effect of lightness and transparency, thus enhancing the different forms and textures of the artworks.

This is a beautiful place to visit on a hot summer day! The sculpture garden is perfect for picnics with a blanket and some chairs, and there are many events in the garden throughout the year. You can also check out their ’til Midnight at the Nasher’ event series, which is free every first Saturday of the month! Learn more about Pioneer Plaza in Downtown Dallas.