AAA Editor Notes
Des Moines Art Center is off I-235 exit 5B, s. on 42nd St., then w. to 4700 Grand Ave. Forming a quadrangle of exhibition galleries around a reflecting pool, this museum has won international acclaim for its architectural style. The original building was designed by Eliel Saarinen in 1945. I.M. Pei created an addition in 1968 to house a collection of modern sculpture, and the north building, designed by Richard Meier, opened in 1985.
The center's reputation has been established through its masterpieces of contemporary art. From the 19th century to the present, the permanent collection represents more than 5,000 works by 1,800 artists, including Francis Bacon, Cecily Brown, Andy Goldsworthy, Francisco Goya, Jasper Johns, Jeff Koons, Henri Matisse, Claude Monet, Georgia O'Keeffe, Anselm Reyle, Auguste Rodin, Cindy Sherman, Andy Warhol and Ai Weiwei.
Special events, gallery dialogues, films and educational programs are held throughout the year.
An audio tour by cell phone is available. Food is available Tues.-Sat. 11-2.
Guided tours are available. Food is available.