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Surreal Play Introduces Kids to Magritte

by Erin Keane on May 29, 2012

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 Not a Pipe Dream,” a play that introduces the painter as a child chafing under his skeptical father’s rule, this weekend in the Speed Art Museum Auditorium.

Artistic director Dana Hope says Magritte has a unique appeal for younger audiences.

“It’s so out there. I think kids’ minds are open to that coolness,” says Hope. “I think when an adult looks at Magritte’s work you have to take a moment and think, what is this all about? But a child just accepts it.” [click to continue…]

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Impressionist Exhibit Opens at Speed Museum

by Rick Howlett February 2, 2012

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 […]

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Speed Museum To Close Next October For Three-Year Renovation

by Rick Howlett December 15, 2011

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 […]

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Speed Museum Takes Capital Campaign Public

by Gabe Bullard October 19, 2011

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 […]

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Speed Museum Exhibit Features Early Kentucky Art

by Rick Howlett August 29, 2011

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, […]

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Stolen Altarpiece Handed Over to US Government

by Chris McDaniel July 6, 2011

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 […]

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Speed Will Return Stolen Art Wednesday

by Gabe Bullard July 4, 2011

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 […]

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Speed to Display Stolen Art

by Gabe Bullard May 30, 2011

A stolen work of art will be on display at the Speed Art Museum this month before the U.S. government returns it to Italy. The Speed purchased the three-panel painting, or triptych, of the Virgin Mary and child in 1973 for $38,000. Recently, however, it was discovered that the art had been stolen from an […]

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Venable Confident About Speed Fundraising Campaign

by Gabe Bullard April 11, 2011

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 […]

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Speed Museum Director Discusses Renovations, Fundraising

by Gabe Bullard April 9, 2011

Speed Art Museum director Charles Venable discussed the museum’s impending $79 million makeover Saturday. Venable told the crowd the capital campaign for the expansion and renovation is the largest ever attempted by a Kentucky arts organization.

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