Perry Bass, nephew of Texas oilman Sid Richardson, and his wife Nancy Lee, have not often shown their artworks in public. That’ll change next March when 37 works, most of their private collection, will go on display at the Kimbell as the museum’s spring show.
The paintings and sculptures include two works by Van Gogh, a still-life by Picasso, a sculpture by Rodin and paintings by Monet, Pisarro, Renoir, Miro, Matisse and Chagall. The Bass couple are major arts patrons in Fort Worth: Bass Hall is officially the Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Performance Hall.
The Kimbell exhibition will run March 1 to May 24, 2015 — and admission will be free.
Here’s the full release:
KIMBELL ANNOUNCES UPCOMING EXHIBITION OF MASTERPIECES FROM THE PRIVATE COLLECTION OF NANCY LEE AND PERRY BASS
The Collection of Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass
March 1–May 24, 2015
FORT WORTH—The Kimbell Art Museum is pleased to announce The Collection of Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass, a selection of paintings and sculptures amassed by two pillars of Texas philanthropy and business. From this collection of Impressionist to post–World War II art, 37 works of painting and sculpture will be on view, including an impressive pair of paintings by Van Gogh—Street in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, 1888, and Le Laboureur, 1889—and a major still life by Picasso, Compotieŗ, bouteille et guitar, 1923. Important paintings by Monet, Pissarro, Renoir, Vuillard, Bonnard, Matisse, Miró, Léger, Chagall and Rothko and sculptures by Rodin, Maillol and Segal will also be on view.
“Mr. and Mrs. Bass assembled an extraordinary collection, and, until now, very few of the works have ever been seen in a public forum,” commented Eric M. Lee, director of the Kimbell Art Museum. “This is a remarkable occasion for the Museum, and we’re grateful to the Bass family for their generosity in providing this exhibition.”
Sid R. Bass, eldest son of Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass, said, “My brothers and I are honored to have our parents’ collection at the Kimbell and are so pleased to have the opportunity to share their art with others.”
Perry Richardson Bass, the nephew of Texas oilman Sid W. Richardson, was born in 1914 in Wichita Falls, Texas, and married Nancy Lee, a Fort Worth native, in 1941. The couple had four sons, Sid Richardson Bass, Edward Perry Bass, Robert Muse Bass and Lee Marshall Bass, who together have provided leadership and philanthropy to organizations around the country, among them the redevelopment of downtown Fort Worth, which is recognized today as one of the most “livable downtowns in the country.” The cornerstone of the city center, the Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Performance Hall, which opened in 1998, was one of the leading projects in that revitalization. Mr. Bass died in 2006 and Mrs. Bass in 2013.
Admission is free to this special exhibition.