With more than 23,000 paintings, sculptures and mixed-media pieces from around the globe, the Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) is one of the largest museums of its kind in the country. It’s a popular stop with tourists, and one of TripAdvisor’s Top 10 Museums in Dallas. DMA is also less than a mile from Magnolia Dallas boutique hotel, making it the perfect first stop after a morning pick-me-up at our onsite coffee shop, the Flying Horse Café. If you’re pressed for time or want to know where to head first, here’s our hot list of what to see at the Dallas Museum of Art.
- Isadora Duncan Immortalized
In the early 1900s, Isadora Duncan was one of the most famous dancers in the world. She appears alongside actress Mercedes de Cordoba and other notable artists of their day in a series of large-scale wall murals painted by renowned photographer Edward Jean Steichen. Financier Eugene Meyer commissioned the paintings for his townhome starting in 1911, to include portraits of his friends – including his wife Agnes, de Cordoba and Duncan. Meyer lost his townhouse before the seven murals were installed, so they fell into disrepair. Titled “In Exaltation of Flowers,” the series is on display for the first time in a century at DMA. Through May 18, 2018.
- Coco Chanel’s Villa and the Gates of Hell
In 1985, DMA received a donation of thousands of impressionist and modern paintings, sculptures and more from the private collection of Wendy and Emery Reves. A perk of the donation was that the entire collection was housed in a villa formerly owned by famous designer Coco Chanel. The 5-room villa was recreated in a 16,500-square-foot museum wing, with artwork from the likes of Cézanne, Gauguin, Monet, and Vincent van Gogh hung in their original spots inside the villa. One of the most impressive pieces is a monumental pair of plaster doors depicting a scene from Dante’s Divine Comedy, aptly titled “The Gates of Hell.” DMA’s full-size copy of the work contains more than 180 individually sculpted figures.
- Kusama’s Mirror Room
If you’ve ever been in an infinity mirror room, you know it’s a trippy experience. Standing at the center of the room, you see endless versions of yourself (and anything or anyone else in the room) staring back at you. Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama’s “All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins” brings color into the equation, with rows of black and yellow-orange dotted squash reflecting in front, behind and even above you. It’s the only room of its kind currently on display in America. Only two visitors can be inside the mirror room at a time. A $16 special exhibition ticket is also required for this timed exhibit, so buy early to snag a prime time.
- The Entire (Digital) Collection
We’re not suggesting you abandon an in-person visit to the art museum – after all, general admission is free! However, the DMA App enhances the guest experience by directly connecting you with all 23,000+ works in their collection. Rather than visit every nook and crevice of the museum, you can browse art styles art online (renaissance paintings, modern sculpture etc.) and get a customized map leading straight to your favorite pieces. Make a game of it with your family and shake the app on your phone… You’ll be shown a random piece of art that you can find together.
In addition to the thousands of works on display every day, DMA hosts rotating exhibits throughout the spring (view calendar here) and monthly themed Second Thursday events for adults. After checking out works from the most iconic artists in the world, head back to Magnolia Downtown and snap a selfie with Dallas’ own icon – the giant red neon Mobil Pegasus. Call 888-915-1110 or make your reservation online today.