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Krannert Art Museum and Kinkead Pavillion

500 E. Peabody Dr.
Champaign  Illinois  61820
United States
(217) 244-0516
(217) 333-1861
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Robert Loerzel
One of the largest art museums in Illinois displays an impressive collection ranging from ancient Egypt to Andy Warhol.

The Krannert's galleries feature an outstanding range of artwork, covering art from ancient Egyptian and paintings from the era of old masters up through modern creators such as Andy Warhol. One terrific must-see piece is "The Blind," a monumental crowd of groping figures, sculpted by renowned University of Illinois grad Lorado Taft in the early 20th century. That sculpture is in the eastern entrance to the museum, which is technically called the Kinkead Pavilion. Added in 1998, that wing doubled the size of the museum to 48,000 square feet, making Krannert one of the largest art museums in Illinois.The Krannert has 9,000 works in its permanent collection. Of course, only a fraction of those are on display in the 10 easily navigated galleries, but the selection hits many high points. The museum also presents around a dozen temporary exhibitions each year. In summer 2010, the Krannert Art Museum was temporarily closed for some building repairs, with a reopening date scheduled for late August.

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