I (finally) saw the exhibition Bad Dreams at the Des Moines Art Center and, per usual, I was blown away by the quality and diversity of art in the permanent collection. It closes on Sunday and admission is free, so if you’re in the Des Moines Metro (and I know some of you are!), get thee to the Art Center!
While the Des Moines Art Center may not be one of the world’s largest or most noteworthy museums, it has a wonderful collection of contemporary art (and a large selection of amazing, older items in the print collection.) In addition to their collection and top-notch exhibitions (and stunning architecture–more on that soon), I’ve also noticed that they consistently produce top-quality exhibition guides. I was bummed that I didn’t get to the exhibition sooner because the exhibit guides were long gone, but a copy is available to download from their website here.
I recommend you check it out.
Among others, the exhibit included a Munch, a Warhol, a Louise Bourgeois and some Max Ernst, but I was particularly drawn to the first piece I saw, an engraving called The Combat Between Money Bags and Strong Boxes by Pieter Brueghel, 1563.
What a wonderful surprise!
I think I stared at it too long–the docent/guard was looking at me, wondering what I was up to. 🙂
And, I’m already anxious to check out 1911, the upcoming exhibit in the print gallery – it opens at the end of the month.