In 1979, Donald Judd set about to preserve and display some of the art of his time and place. Thanks to his vision, the Chinati Foundation in Marfa, Texas, is today a contemporary art museum featuring many permanent large-scale art installations and a variety of temporary exhibits.
Consider an outing to see the Chinati Collection when next staying at a Fort Davis Texas Bed and Breakfast, just thirty minutes from Marfa. The Collection is located on the old Fort D.A. Russell, and art is housed in former army barracks and artillery sheds. There are fifteen large outdoor concrete exhibits by Donald Judd, and more than 100 of his aluminum works. In addition, there are twenty-five sculptures by John Chamberlain, a large installation by Dan Flavin, and artwork by Carl Andre, Ingólfer Arnarsson, Roni Horn, Ilya Kabakov, Richard Long, Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, David Rabinowitch, and John Wesley. The temporary exhibits feature a variety of media and artists.
The Chinati Foundation is open Wednesdays through Sundays; tours of the facility start at 10 a.m., include a lunch break, and last for several hours. A trip to the Chinati Foundation is a pleasant part of a Fort Davis Texas Bed and Breakfast vacation.
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