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A Hidden Treasure within the Arkansas Forest

The Crystal Bridges Museum was designed by the renowned architect Moshe Safdie.

Last year,  I had the opportunity to visit the city of Bentonville, Arkansas for the first time. An interesting fact about this city that many people don’t know is that it holds one of the greatest jewels among American art. So on this second  I decided to spend my free time exploring the magicalCrystal Bridges Museum.

The Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art was founded by Alice Walton.

This museum is located in the middle of the Ozark National Park and has a peculiar history and a splendid collection of art. Here are some of my favorite artworks that hopefully will encourage you to plan your own visit.

Sculpture Fly’s Eye Dome by R. Buckminster Fuller manufactured in 1980.

Fly’s Eye Dome sculpture from its interior.

The Crystal Bridges Museum was founded in 2005 by the Walton Family Foundation and opened its doors to the public on November 11, 2011 (11/11/11). The idea of opening the museum came from Alice Walton, one of the richest women in the world, as she is the daughter of businessman Sam Walton, who founded the American multinational retail corporation, Walmart.

Architect Moshe Safdie’s design creates a connection between the museum galleries and the gardens that surround it.

Since its inauguration, the museum has received around 2.7 million people from different parts of the world, who are surprised not only by the artworks but also by the building’s architectural design constructed by the one and only Moshe Safdie. Through its design, Safdie manages to connect visitors in the galleries with the natural beauty of Ozark National Park.

For those who enjoy the outdoors, this property counts with 8 different trails that surround the museum. These trails are brimming with water springs and numerous flora and fauna creating the most breathtaking landscapes.

LOVE Sculpture created by the American artist Robert Indiana.

In the museum outdoors, you can also find a variety of sculptures such as the LOVE sculpture created by Robert Indiana and the Maman sculpture created by Louise Bourgeois, which represents a giant spider.

Another of my favorite pieces was this wall, which is full of objects creating a three-dimensional effect.

The Garden of Eden by Jim Dine.

The museum’s calendar of events features a variety of activities including concerts, conferences, family events, and new exhibitions each season.

Among the different exhibits of the museum you can find a great variety of art styles that go from realism to minimalism.

With the central sculpture in the picture above, Vanessa German wants to portray the 21st-century implications of psychosis as a public health crisis.

The museum has held countless fascinating exhibitions by artists of great caliber such as Samuel F. B. Morse, Stuart Davis, Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, Alfred Maurer, among others.

Evan Penny’s self-portrait combines traditional sculpture processes with state-of-the-art technology.

The artwork Man on a Bench reflects the sculptural response of Duane Hanson to photorealism.

One of the most important artworks exhibited in the museum today is Jimson Weed / White Flower No. 1 by the American artist Georgia O’Keeffe; work valued at $ 44.4 million dollars, becoming the most expensive work of art painted by a woman.

Jimson Weed / White Flower No. 1 by the American artist Georgia O’Keeffe.

Undoubtedly, the Crystal Bridges Museum is an exceptional place, recommended for all the art lovers out there. The museum opens Mondays from 11 am to 6 pm, Wednesday through Friday from 11 am-9pm, and weekends from 10 am to 6 pm. For more information, click here.

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