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British Museum Director Neil MacGregor Visits the Nelson-Atkins

The British Museum's director, Neil MacGregor
courtesy of the British Museum
The British Museum's director, Neil MacGregor

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is serious about its collection of American Indian art, and has proven it by elevating that art in a way perhaps no other comprehensive museum in the world has. With the opening of the new American Indian art galleries, space for the work has mushroomed four fold, but that's not what the director of the British Museum finds remarkable. By Laura Spencer


Kansas City, MO – The British Museum's director Neil MacGregor tells KCUR's Laura Spencer it's not just the size of the 205-piece display, it's the way the Nelson-Atkins has chosen to treat it.

Photos: Courtesy of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
Photos: Laura Spencer/KCUR

For more about the artwork British Museum's director Neil MacGregor discussed in the interview: find out about Salvador Dali's "Christ of St John of the Cross" here, and the British Museum's Moctezuma exhibition here.

Nov. 11, 2009: American Indian galleries at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art open to the public
Nov. 14 & 15, 2009: American Indian galleries Community Celebration Weekend

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