Mini-Flood 2: Saint Louis Art Museum

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photograph by Siobhan Lestina

The Saint Louis Art Museum is one of the most comprehensive art museums in the Nation, and it is entirely free to visit (sans some of the special exhibits), making it a tremendous cultural asset for the city.

The Museum itself is a Beaux Arts-style structure (designed by Cass Gilbert) and sits atop Art Hill; a position of grandeur that it has held ever since its construction as the Palace of Fine Arts for the World’s Fair of 1904. If you happen to approach from the Grand Basin, it is easy to understand why many St. Louisans refer to SLAM as the “crown-jewel of Forest Park“.

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photograph by Dan Henrichs Photography, St. Louis

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photograph by Jason Gray

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photograph by Mandi Gray

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photograph by Jason Gray

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photograph by Jeni Kulka

Dating back to the 1880’s, the Museum’s collection ranges from antiquity to contemporary art. The huge addition (set to open in June of 2013) was designed by David Chipperfield, and represents the largest expansion in the Museum’s history. The new building will house displays of the Museum’s contemporary art holdings, as well as, special exhibitions.

In its history, the Museum has had many associations with photography, from major exhibitions to supporting the local Camera Club, so it is only natural that Photo Flood Saint Louis finally paid it a visit.

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photograph by Joshua Meyer

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photograph by Jason Gray

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photograph by Jason Gray

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photograph by Siobhan Lestina

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photograph by Jason Gray

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photograph by Jason Gray

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photograph by Steph James

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photograph by Dan Henrichs Photography, St. Louis

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photograph by Jeni Kulka

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photograph by Mandi Gray

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photograph by Siobhan Lestina

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photograph by Jeni Kulka

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photograph by Janet Henrichs

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photograph by Jason Gray

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4 Comments
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