Sunday marks the opening of Monet’s Water Lilies at the St. Louis Art Museum. The exhibit will run from October 2, 2011 to January 22, 2012.
Monet designed Agapanthus, a 42-foot 3-part painting featuring the African lily. After his death, the 3 parts were sold and ended up in the St. Louis Art Museum, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City and the Cleveland Museum of Art in Ohio. Thanks to a collaboration by the museums, the artwork can be seen in its original styling. Monet’s Water Lilies just wrapped up in Kansas City and now it’s being prepared for its St. Louis debut. In 2015, all three works will be joined once again at the Cleveland Museum of Art to celebrate the museum’s 100 year anniversary. Below: The panel housed by the St. Louis Art Museum.
The exhibit itself will include 8 total Monet works and studies, from French museums and private collectors alike. In addition to the exhibit, the St. Louis Art Museum will be putting on a number of programs inspired by Water Lilies, including cooking classes and children’s days at Forest Park.
The exhibit requires tickets with a timed entry and they are likely to sell out on busy days, especially over the holiday season. You can buy tickets online (a processing fee will be charged) or at the museum’s Information Desk. Paid tickets include an iPod tour of the exhibit. The St. Louis Art Museum is a free museum aside from its exhibits so plan to spend an entire morning or afternoon inside. The St. Louis Art Museum is inside Forest Park and would be a welcome addition to the $500 trip to St. Louis or any other Missouri vacation.
Dates: October 2, 2011 to January 22, 2012
Hours: Tuesdays-Thursdays and Saturdays-Sundays from 9 AM to 4 PM and Fridays from 9 AM to 8 PM; timed entry
Location: St. Louis Art Museum; St. Louis, Missouri
Tickets: $10/adults, $8/seniors and students, $6/6-12 year olds, Free for those 5 and younger (though they still need a timed ticket). On Friday, timed tickets are free but the iPod tour will cost $3. Can be purchased online or at the museum. The St. Louis Art Museum itself is free.