The installation of the East Building, the new postwar modern art wing of the Saint Louis Art Museum in Forest Park, is officially complete. At 10 a.m. Saturday, June 29, the public is welcome to see what our new, expanded museum looks like. The inaugural exhibition, Postwar German Art in the Collection, features many of the museum's most stunning and moving pieces. Betty, Gerhard Richter's soft-focus painting of a backward-looking girl wearing an exquisitely beautiful jacket, is a crowd favorite and is now proudly on display in full view rather than tucked in a corner. Anselm Kiefer's visceral large-scale sculptural painting, Burning Rods, and the mirthful but melancholy Why Can't I Stop Smoking? by Sigmar Polke also now have spaces that suits their presence. Opening weekend for the museum continues from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday and Monday (June 30 and July 1), with a host of musical guests and arts activities outside. Fine Arts Drive will be closed all weekend, so parking will be at a premium; call 314-721-0072 or visit www.slam.org for more information. Postwar German Art remains on display Tuesday through Sunday through Sunday, January 26, 2014.
Sat., June 29; Sun., June 30, 2013