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Top 2013 Museum Exhibitions To Look Forward To In St. Louis

December 24, 2012 7:00 AM

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The Lou’s museums are bringing you some powerful collections, installations and touring exhibitions in 2013. A prehistoric sea of stone arches, psychedelic tunes, space capsules, mummies, football, post-war German art — whatever your interests, there’s something just for you in the coming year.
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(credit: slam.org)

Stone Sea at the Saint Louis Art Museum
Saint Louis Art Museum
1 Fine Arts Drive
St. Louis, MO 63110
(314) 721-0072
www.slam.org

Dates: Opening June 29, 2013

The Art Museum’s new East Building will open on June 29. “Stone Sea,” a permanent installation designed for the site, will be opened to the public in a sunken courtyard between the old and new buildings. World-renowned sculptor Andy Goldsworthy will be creating the “Stone Sea,” inspired by the city’s underlying limestone and the fact that the Midwest was once covered by shallow seas. An arrangement of 25 stone arches will mimic the movement and texture of that prehistoric ocean.

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(credit: the1968exhibit.org)

The 1968 Exhibit
Missouri History Museum
Lindell and DeBaliviere in Forest Park
St. Louis, MO 63112
(314) 746-4599
www.mohistory.org

Dates: October 5, 2013 through January 5, 2014
Click here for info about the traveling exhibit

The year 1968 was a turning point in US history. The Vietnam War was raging, Dr. Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy were assassinated, there were riots at the DNC and the Apollo 8 space capsule sent back pictures of our planet from outer space. “The 1968 Exhibit” presents this pivotal time in our history using films, artifacts, interactives and dioramas to showcase the music, pop culture, science and politics of the era. Form your own opinions about the long-term consequences of this pivotal time in the formation of our national identity.

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(credit: lostegypt.org)

Lost Egypt: Ancient Secrets, Modern Science
Saint Louis Science Center
5050 Oakland Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63110
(314) 289-4400
www.slsc.org

Dates: Opens May 25, 2013
Click here for info about the traveling exhibit

The Science Center’s big interactive Egyptian exhibit opens in May and features a real human mummy. Egyptophiles and mummy-lovers will also see animal mummies, a life-size rapid prototype of a human mummy, art and artifacts from daily life in Egypt and video interviews and photographs from real scientists working in the field. Interactions include interpreting ancient Egyptian art, deciphering hieroglyphics and using archaeology tools to unearth the mysteries of the ancient world. A related Omnimax film will also open on May 25.

Related: Top Local Arts Programs to Support

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(credit: heinzhistorycenter.org)

Gridiron Glory: The Best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Missouri History Museum
Lindell and DeBaliviere in Forest Park
St. Louis, MO 63112
(314) 746-4599
www.mohistory.org

Dates: May 25, 2013 through September 3, 2013
Click here for info about the traveling exhibit

Artifacts and memorabilia from the Professional Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio are going on a multi-year tour, with a stop planned in the Lou next summer. The blockbuster exhibit is being billed as the largest traveling football exhibit ever, and features over 200 items. Check out the first professional contract from 1892 or step into an interactive instant replay booth. Photos, jerseys and artifacts from football’s early pioneers and greatest players will be on hand as well.
Related: Top Iconic Works of Art in St. Louis

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(credit: slam.org)

Postwar German Art in the Collection
Saint Louis Art Museum
1 Fine Arts Drive
St. Louis, MO 63110
(314) 721-0072
www.slam.org

Dates: Opening June 29, 2013

The first show in the exhibitions space in the Art Museum’s East Building will be “Postwar German Art in the Collection.” The show addresses themes and groupings such as the legacy of Joseph Beuys, the large-scale works of Gerhard Richter, Sigmar Polke and Anselm Kiefer and the influence of the Düsseldorf School of Photography. Drawing from strengths in the Museum’s German collection, these galleries will include works by other artists such as Georg Baselitz, Jörg Immendorff, Martin Kippenberger, Bernd and Hilla Becher, Andreas Gursky and Candida Höfer.

Lauren Haas is a writer who specializes in finding the fun! Lauren was the publisher of the St. Louis Area Family Gazette for eight years, and now writes freelance articles on St. Louis events and attractions, budget travel, arts and entertainment and fitness topics. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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