Situated on the Southern Methodist University's (SMU) campus, the Meadows Museum houses one of the more impressive collections of Spanish art outside of Spain. It was founded in 1965 and named after Algur Meadows, a philanthropist who made his fortune in the oil industry. He was also an avid collector of Spanish art and decided to lead the effort to establish a museum to display and preserve his collection. The collection dates from the Baroque period (the majority of the collection is from this period) to today. All of the major Spanish artists are represented here including Diego Velázquez, Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró, and Juan Gris, Francisco de Goya, Mariano Fortuny y Marsal, Salvador Dalí, and Raimundo de Madrazo. Non-Spanish artists are also represented in the SMU collection, which features primarily Texas artists (including former students and faculty) and the sculpture garden, which showcases works by Jacques Lipchitz, Henry Moore, and Claes Oldenburg, and Auguste Rodin. The works of art at the museum include paintings, modern and contemporary art, works on paper, sculptures, and decorative arts.
Backstory and Context
The museum was first located at the Owen Arts Center at SMU. It moved to the current and purposed built-location in 2001, which was designed in the Georgian style. The museum was built in large part thanks in large part to the Meadows Foundation, which has also donated funds to SMU's art program.
"Mission and History." Meadows Museum. Accessed March 8, 2018. https://meadowsmuseumdallas.org/about-us/mission-and-history.
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