Kansas City’s Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, designed by Gunnar Birkerts, welcomes visitors with an open, light-filled atrium, providing a striking setting for exhibitions and programming accessible to all, free of charge, year-round.
Presenting a dozen exhibitions each year featuring works by well-known, mid-career, and emerging artists, Kemper Museum offers visitors a chance to experience something new. Since opening in 1994, the Museum has had a strong commitment to its mission: enriching lives through the experience of contemporary art, by exhibiting, collecting, and educating in a free and welcoming environment. Museum admission and parking are always free.
The heart of Kemper Museum is its Permanent Collection, which has more than tripled since the Museum opened to nearly fourteen hundred works. At the core of the Permanent Collection is the Bebe and Crosby Kemper Collection, a gift by the Museum’s founders R. Crosby and Bebe Kemper and the Kemper Foundations. Encompassing art created from the time of the 1913 New York Armory Show to today, the collection includes works by such renowned artists as Louise Bourgeois, Helen Frankenthaler, Willem de Kooning, Georgia O’Keeffe, Keltie Ferris, Trenton Doyle Hancock, Richard Mosse, and Ursula von Rydingsvard.
The Museum’s celebrated Café Sebastienne – serving lunch and brunch – has won high praise, including its inclusion in Zagat Guide’s Top American Restaurants. With a lovely backdrop showcasing artwork by Frederick J. Brown, Café Sebastienne combines the worlds of contemporary art and contemporary cuisine.