The Nasher Sculpture Center is considered one of the foremost collections of modern and contemporary sculpture in the world. The Raymond and Patsy Nasher Collection features more than 300 sculptures dating from the late nineteenth century to the present with seminal works by Auguste Rodin, Constantin Brancusi, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Henry Moore, Joan Miró, Alexander Calder, Alberto Giacometti, David Smith, Willem de Kooning, Richard Serra, James Turrell and Jeff Koons.
The Nasher Collection demonstrates considerable balance between early modern and postwar works of art, abstraction and figuration, monumental outdoor sculptures and intimately scaled indoor works.
A distinguishing feature of the Collection is the depth of representation among key artists including Giacometti (ten sculptures), Matisse (nine), Moore, Picasso, Medardo Rosso and David Smith (seven each). Such well-rounded perspectives of these masters provide, in effect, a series of mini-retrospectives within the Collection’s overall historical spectrum. In addition to changing installations of the Collection, the Nasher organizes and hosts major loan exhibitions. Recent temporary exhibitions have featured the work of artists such as Picasso, Smith, Giacometti and Matisse, as well as architects Renzo Piano and Norman Foster.
Programs include the much-lauded NasherSALON Lecture Series, which has welcomed cultural icons such as John Updike, Olympia Dukakis, Danny Glover, Philip Glass and Twyla Tharp for intimate conversation. Target First Saturdays is a free monthly event for children and families.
The Nasher Store features contemporary jewelry, home décor, artwork, books and gifts. Nasher Cafe, overlooking the sculpture garden, provides a lovely luncheon experience.
Opened in 2003 as the first institution in the world dedicated exclusively to the exhibition of modern and contemporary sculpture with a collection of global significance at its foundation. Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Renzo Piano in collaboration with landscape architect Peter Walker, the 55,000-square-foot-building and 1.4-acre sculpture garden occupy a city block in the heart of the Arts District.