The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art Bloch Building
- The Bloch Building was designed by Steven Holl, a New York architect whose work is international in scope and includes the asymmetrical Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art in Helsinki, Finland
- The Nelson Atkins has a world-renowned Asian art collection, as well as major collections of African, American, American Indian, ancient, decorative, European, modern and contemporary art, photography and prints
- Collection includes: Caravaggio’s masterpiece John the Baptist, as well as Renaissance works by Titian, Canaletto, Bronzino and others; American works by John Singleton Copley, John Singer Sargent and George Caleb Bingham; and modern works by Jackson Pollock, Robert Rauschenberg, Bridget Riley and Andy Warhol, among many others
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is the crown jewel of Kansas City and one of the finest museums in America. Its encyclopaedic collection offers visitors a look at some of the greatest artistic achievements of mankind, representing cultures from around the world, from ancient to contemporary times.
Among its treasures are the exquisite 11th/12th-century Seated Gaunyin Bodhisattva, Caravaggio’s Saint John the Baptist in the Wilderness, Monet’s Water Lilies and de Kooning’s Woman IV. The construction of the Bloch Building represents one part of a total transformation of the Nelson-Atkins. The design by architect Steven Holl is considered an exceptional solution to the challenge of how to expand the neoclassical Nelson-Atkins.