After nearly three months, the newly renovated Kress European Collection Galleries at the El Paso Museum of Art (EPMA) are now open to the museum-going public.
Museum officials say, “This is the first major reinstallation since the museum opened its doors nearly 20 years ago in its current downtown location…all three galleries, measuring more than 3,200 square feet, underwent significant renovations.”
The galleries will display the gifts from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, alongside works from the EPMA’s permanent collection according to thematic groupings, allowing visitors to trace the evolution of iconic subjects like the Madonna and Child, the saints, and portraits and landscapes.
According to the museum’s website, the core of their European holdings is the Kress Collection, a group of fifty-seven tempera and oil paintings and two marble sculptures. The Kress Collection includes a thirteenth-century Byzantine Madonna, several outstanding Baroque pictures, and significant paintings of the 18th century.
The gift of this collection laid the foundation for the establishment of EPMA.
The project was made possible through funding from the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, the EPMA Foundation, the Samuel H. Kress Foundation and the City of El Paso.