Impressive impressionist gift for KC art museum

Friday, February 5, 2010 | 12:57 p.m. CST; updated 2:34 p.m. CST, Friday, February 5, 2010

KANSAS CITY — The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Mo. has announced a major gift from a group of patrons, including its single largest donation.

The 400 donated works from 75 patrons are in honor of the museum's 75th anniversary and the retirement of longtime director Marc Wilson.

The gift of an extensive impressionist collection from Marion and Henry Bloch is the Nelson's largest donation to date. It includes works by Monet, Van Gogh and Renoir. Henry Bloch is founder of the Kansas City-based tax preparation company H&R Block.

Other donations announced Friday include works of African and Native American art.

The museum will display some of the gifts in an exhibition beginning Feb. 13.

Wilson, who has been with the Nelson for 28 years, retires in June.


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