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The Art of Dallas

There is art in Dallas. Art worth viewing.  A new display that encompasses not only sight but sounds and a painting with a stolen past. 

The Dallas Museum of Art is featuring now through August 22, 2010 an exhibit of seascapes called Coastlines of Land and Sea. If you can't make it to the coast this summer, or don't want to wade in tar balls, come experience the sights and sounds in air-conditioned comfort. If you stand on designated spots, you can hear the seagulls calling, the waves rolling and almost smell the salty air.

If you hurry, you can still catch the exhibit The Lens of Impressionism that will be on display until May 23rd. And, if you wish to relive those times you stayed up all night with that special someone, here is your opportunity.  From Friday, May 21st through Saturday, May 22nd, the exhibit will stay open. Plus, everything after midnight on Friday up until 10 am on Saturday is half-off, including parking, admission and curios.

So, if you are up in the wee hours with that pesky reflux, an early riser or insomniac, come on down to the Museum of Art. After all, what is more relaxing and romantic than a walk along the beach?  For more information, log onto dallasmuseumofart.org.

And that stolen art with a history? It is on display at the Meadows Museum on the SMU campus. Stolen during WWII by the Nazis, three paintings by Spanish artist Bartolome Esteban Murillo have been quietly hanging on the walls of the university located here in Dallas. Discovered last year by Robert Edsel after he recognized one of the paintings in a photograph from 1945, these paintings were part of millions of dollars worth of art stolen during Nazi raids and later confiscated by Allied forces. He estimates the paintings to be worth between $10 to $15 million dollars.

Nicole Atzbach, the museum's assistant curator, told the Associated Press, as reported yesterday in the Dallas Morning News, that the Meadows Museum acquired the paintings in 1972 from a New York Gallery.  What happened between 1945 and 1972 is still a mystery. The museum is now working with European consultants in Paris and London to trace down who should actually claim custody. Wouldn't you like to get that phone call?

Actually, over the past 38 years, the Meadows Museum has publicly displayed the works in flyers and brochures and no one has ever stepped forward to claim them, so there is little danger of the museum losing their rights of ownership. Still it is intriguing.  For hours of operation and directions, log onto meadowsmuseumdallas.org

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