An Architect Collects:
Robert D. Kleinschmidt and a Lifetime of Fine Arts Acquisitions
Robert D. Kleinschmidt is a Chicago-based architect whose professional beliefs seem to have continually influenced his collection of art. Throughout his schooling and career, Kleinschmidt has explored the integration of landscape and architecture, space, light, minimalism, and cutting-edge modernism. All of these ideas are represented in his impressive collection of modern and contemporary art.
This exhibition and accompanying catalogue highlight Kleinschmidt's collection that is displayed in his Mies van der Rohe-designed apartment on North Lake Shore Drive in Chicago. The collection includes works by Joseph Albers, Harry Bertoia, Alberto Giacometti, Diego Giacometti, Jasper Johns, Sam Francis, Helen Frankenthaler, Sol LeWitt, Frank Stella, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, Robert Motherwell, Mark Tobey, Ulfert Wilke, Louise Fishman, and Brice Marden. Each year, Kleinschmidt generously donates key works from his collection to Krannert Art Museum to expand and enhance the museum's permanent collection.
Kleinschmidt received his baccalaureate degree in architecture from UIUC, followed by a graduate degree in architecture and landscape design from Columbia University. After twelve years in the Chicago office of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, Kleinschmidt and fellow associate partner, Donald O. Powell, left S.O.M. to establish the firm of Powell/Kleinschmidt, Inc. based in Chicago and specializing in interior architecture and space planning.
Krannert Art Museum and Kinkead Pavilion, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Curator: Robert D. Kleinschmidt
Krannert Art Museum and Kinkead Pavilion, April 20 to July 29, 2007