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Meadows Museum opens Calatrava and SMU. A Decade in Motion

Submitted by on March 4, 2012 – 10:11 am

The Meadows Museum presents Calatrava and SMU. A Decade in Motion, an exhibition on view March 4-April 22, 2012.

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The exhibition includes a selection of Calatrava’s preliminary watercolor sketches of “Wave,” a 40-by-90-foot perpetually moving sculpture installed in 2002 on the street-level plaza in front of the Meadows Museum at 5900 Bishop Blvd. A campus landmark, the sculpture’s bronze bars move sequentially above a reflection pool. The exhibition also includes correspondence and mementoes from the sculpture’s installation and dedication.

Meadows Museum is the only Dallas-Fort Worth museum that includes Calatrava works in its permanent collection. Besides “Wave,” the Meadows collection also includes Calatrava sculptures “Palme” (1998) and “Il Dente” (1999), which will be part of the exhibition as well. In addition, the exhibition will include a selection of sketches made by Calatrava in a set of architecture books he donated to the museum. The rarely exhibited sketches feature images of figures, doves and bulls.

The Meadows Museum is the leading U.S. institution focused on the study and presentation of the art of Spain. In 1962, Dallas businessman and philanthropist Algur H. Meadows donated his private collection of Spanish paintings, as well as funds to start a museum, to Southern Methodist University. The museum opened to the public in 1965, marking the first step in fulfilling Meadows’ vision to create a “Prado on the Prairie.” Today, the Meadows collection of Spanish art—one of the largest and most comprehensive outside of Spain—comprises more than 125 paintings and sculptures and approximately 450 works on paper. The collection spans from the 10th to the 21st century, and includes medieval objects, Renaissance and Baroque sculptures, and major paintings by Golden Age and modern masters.

Meadows Museum, P.O. Box 750357, Dallas, TX 75275-0357


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