Surreal Play Introduces Kids to Magritte

Belgian surrealist painter René Magritte was known for his playful use of mystery–men in overcoats and bowler hats floating, an apple or a boulder suspended in mid-air. Sometimes silly, always evocative, he captured the imagination of art lovers of all ages. Alley Theater for Young Audiences will finish a run of Barry Kornhauser’s “This Is […]

Impressionist Exhibit Opens at Speed Museum

A new exhibit of French Impressionist paintings opens tomorrow at Louisville’s Speed Art Musuem. Renoir to Chagall: Paris and the Allure of Color features more than 80 works that capture the scenes and people of Paris during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Curator Ruth Cloudman says more than 50 of the works are […]

Speed Museum To Close Next October For Three-Year Renovation

Louisville’s Speed Art Museum will be closed for about three years while the facility undergoes a $50 million renovation. The work will begin in October of 2012. Director Charles Venable says the decision to shut down the museum for that long was a difficult one but made in the interest of public safety. “We’re going […]

Speed Museum Takes Capital Campaign Public

The public phase of the Speed Art Museum’s capital campaign has begun. The five-year campaign to pay for a second museum building began silently in 2007. Since then, the Speed has raised $42.5 million, which is on track with the campaign schedule. Much of the current sum was raised through large donations. But now the […]

Speed Museum Exhibit Features Early Kentucky Art

Many of the items from a recent donation of early Kentucky art to Louisville’s Speed Museum are now on exhibit. The donation comes from Robert and Norma Noe. The natives of Garrard County, Kentucky developed an appreciation of antiques and decorative art while living in the nation’s capital. They moved back to Kentucky in 1980, […]

Stolen Altarpiece Handed Over to US Government

After spending 40 years at Louisville’s Speed Art Museum, a stolen 14th century work is going home. The Speed Art Museum bought the piece from a New York Gallery in 1973 for 38 thousand dollars, not realizing the Italian art was stolen from a home in Italy two years earlier. The work is a three […]

Speed Will Return Stolen Art Wednesday

After nearly 40 years in Louisville, a piece of the Speed Art Museum’s collection is returning to Italy. The Speed bought the 14th Century Italian altarpiece in 1973, not knowing it had been stolen two years prior. When federal officials tracked the piece down, the museum promptly negotiated its return. “One of the lessons we […]

Venable Confident About Speed Fundraising Campaign

The director of the Speed Art Museum is confident his organization can complete its capital campaign by the end of this year. The Speed has quietly been raising money toward a $57 million goal for two years. On Friday, the public phase of the campaign began with $31 million already raised. Director Charles Venable says […]