Open to the public since October 20, 2003, the Nasher Sculpture Center is one of the few institutions in the world devoted to the exhibition, study and preservation of modern and contemporary sculpture. Conceived as a serene urban retreat for the enjoyment of modern art, the Sculpture Center is the new home of the renowned Raymond and Patsy Nasher Collection of modern and contemporary sculpture.
The Collection – which numbers more than 300 sculptures together with 20th century paintings, drawings, prints and photographs – rotates in thematic installations throughout the Center’s seamless blend of indoor and outdoor exhibition spaces: an elegant, light-filled 55,000-square-foot building designed by Renzo Piano and a spacious garden created by Peter Walker.
Special exhibitions drawn from other sources contribute to the Center’s mission of examining the primary forces shaping the history of sculpture since the late 19th century. The Sculpture Center complements its exhibitions and collection installations with a variety of public programs and scholarly and educational initiatives. Through successive installations, audiences encounter the collection’s remarkable breadth as well as its deep strengths and connect with the art of the past and the art of today in an intimate setting of unparalleled beauty.