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BENTONVILLE (Crystal Bridges Press Release) Works by Pablo Picasso, Paul Gauguin, and Henri Matisse will debut at  Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art on March 15, as the museum hosts  The William S. Paley Collection: A Taste for Modernism.

The temporary exhibition, organized by The Museum of Modern Art in New York, features more than 60 works of art and includes paintings, drawings, and sculpture. The exhibition will be on view through July 7; Crystal Bridges is the only venue in the central United States to host the exhibition.

It will be the last stop on the collection's tour before the works return to MoMA. Admission is $8 for adults. Admission to all temporary exhibitions is free for Museum Members and for youth ages 18 and under.

Highlights of this exhibition include works by Paul Gauguin, André Derain, Henri Matisse, Paul Cézanne, Edgar Degas, and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, most created between 1880 and 1940, at the height of French Modernism, as well as Picasso's Boy Leading a Horse—all selections from the extraordinary private collection of William S. Paley, the late founder and guiding spirit of CBS

At Crystal Bridges, The Paley Collection  provides a rare opportunity for guests to view the masters of European Modernism who inspired many American artists, both those studying abroad and those working at home in the U.S.

The MoMA exhibition is augmented by a concurrent exhibition of works by American Modernists from Crystal Bridges' permanent collection, including three works by Alfred Henry Maurer that have not been previously on view in the Museum. 

About Crystal Bridges:

The mission of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is to welcome all to celebrate the American spirit in a setting that unites the power of art with the beauty of nature. We explore the unfolding story of America by actively collecting, exhibiting, interpreting, and preserving outstanding works that illuminate our heritage and artistic possibilities.

Opened to the public on 11-11-11, Crystal Bridges was founded in 2005 by the Walton Family Foundation as a nonprofit charitable organization for all to enjoy. Philanthropist and arts patron Alice Walton chairs the Museum's board of directors. Since its opening, the Museum has welcomed more than 1.2 million visitors, and garnered more than 7,900 households in its membership. Some 39,000 school children have participated in the Museum's Willard and Pat Walker School Visit program, which provides educational experiences for school groups at no cost to the schools. More than 220,000 visitors a year utilize the Museum's 3.5 miles of walking trails.

Crystal Bridges takes its name from a nearby natural spring and the bridge construction incorporated in the building, designed by world-renowned architect Moshe Safdie. A series of pavilions nestled around two spring-fed ponds house galleries, meeting and classroom spaces, and a large, glass-enclosed gathering hall. Guest amenities include a restaurant on a glass-enclosed bridge overlooking the ponds, a Museum Store designed by architect Marlon Blackwell, and a library featuring more than 50,000 volumes of art reference material. Sculpture and walking trails link the Museum's 120-acre park to downtown Bentonville, Arkansas.

Crystal Bridges' permanent collection spans five centuries of American masterworks ranging from the Colonial era to the current day. Included within the collection are iconic images such as Asher B. Durand's Kindred Spirits, Norman Rockwell's Rosie the Riveter, and Andy Warhol's Coca-Cola [3]— each reflecting a distinct moment in American artistic evolution—as well as major works by modern and contemporary American artists, including Georgia O'Keeffe, John Baldessari, and James Turrell. The permanent collection, which continues to grow through a strategic acquisition plan, is on view year-round and is enhanced by an array of temporary exhibitions, which were viewed by some 216,000 visitors in 2013.

Crystal Bridges provides year-round programming for all ages. In 2013, more than 300 public programs were offered, including lectures, performances, classes, and continuing education for K-12 teachers. An award-winning app, available free for both Apple and Android devices, features audio tours of current and past exhibitions, and many of the Museum's lectures and gallery talks are available in Crystal Bridges' iTunes U site. A new initiative to develop high-quality distance-learning opportunities for students and teachers begins this year.

Crystal Bridges also offers two research fellowship programs. The Tyson Scholars in American Art program supports full-time scholarship in the history of American art. The Reese Teacher Fellowship provides for research into the development of interdisciplinary connections between American art and core curriculum subjects of language arts, history, social studies, and the sciences.

Additional information about Crystal Bridges is available online at CrystalBridges.org.

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