Bold Expansion

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art Bloch Building

    ISBN: 978 1 85759 482 9

    Size: 228 x 152 mm / 6 x 9 in.

    Binding: Paperback

    Pages: 64

    In association with:

    Date published: March, 2007

    UK £5.95 /US $9.95


  • The Bloch Building was designed by Steven Holl, a New York architect whose work is international in scope and includes the asymmetrical Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art in Helsinki, Finland
  • The Nelson Atkins has a world-renowned Asian art collection, as well as major collections of African, American, American Indian, ancient, decorative, European, modern and contemporary art, photography and prints
  • Collection includes: Caravaggio’s masterpiece John the Baptist, as well as Renaissance works by Titian, Canaletto, Bronzino and others; American works by John Singleton Copley, John Singer Sargent and George Caleb Bingham; and modern works by Jackson Pollock, Robert Rauschenberg, Bridget Riley and Andy Warhol, among many others


The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is the crown jewel of Kansas City and one of the finest museums in America. Its encyclopaedic collection offers visitors a look at some of the greatest artistic achievements of mankind, representing cultures from around the world, from ancient to contemporary times.

Among its treasures are the exquisite 11th/12th-century Seated Gaunyin Bodhisattva, Caravaggio’s Saint John the Baptist in the Wilderness, Monet’s Water Lilies and de Kooning’s Woman IV. The construction of the Bloch Building represents one part of a total transformation of the Nelson-Atkins. The design by architect Steven Holl is considered an exceptional solution to the challenge of how to expand the neoclassical Nelson-Atkins.

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