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Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville

(4.3/5 based on 650+ reviews on the web)
A museum with no permanent collection, Frist Center for the Visual Arts, housed inside an old U.S. Post Office building, relies on traveling exhibits and creates its own original shows. Wide, open galleries that cover 2,200 sq m (24,000 sq ft) are filled with artwork and interactive art education. At the Martin ArtQuest Gallery, visitors can experience 30 hands-on displays. Big names, such as Kandinsky, share the space with emerging artists who are just beginning to make their mark. Exhibits and events rotate frequently. Arrange to visit Frist Center for the Visual Arts and other attractions in Nashville using our Nashville trip itinerary planner.
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  • I've been to several exhibits over the years. They are all so unique and interesting. I love the variety: from impressionist to modern art to samurai. I really like the side exhibits they do too. They...  more »
  • We walked by a couple times and went in on the third pass. The art displayed was very well done. We enjoyed going through the rooms holding the pieces. The local artwork by high school students was ve...  more »
  • The Frist is an Art Decco building originally built as a Post Office. The Post Office is now in the basement and the Frist has the rest of the space. For the amount of space the Museum has at its disp...  more »
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  • "Lee Young Jun PEN ART" Pen Art(General Remarks) Infinity of lines and dots have symbolism.  Such symbolism is ever changing according to the spirit’s depth.  All works are kaleidoscopic; they are usually composed of indescribable expressions.  Therefore, art’s depth also can be said to be unlimited.  Is pen art’s depth also infinite?  In other words, do the lines and dots flowing from the nib of a pen have an artistic qualification?  In this respect, it is worth thinking deeply.  Pen art begins from an essence of nature’s fundamental values.  From the standpoint of value, or color, a harmony of black and white is essential in nature.  As it is impossible to see any color in darkness, distinguishing color is an essential role of light.  That is why the soul is drawn to light.  Whiteness, or light is a spiritual reflection of the soul while blackness, or darkness is a reality of life on earth.  As the color green is an essential color of vegetation, burnt charcoal is an earthy color that will stay near black.  Blackness is heterogeneous and may be hostile to life.  If blackness belongs to the essence of nature, it also may be said to represent the image of death.  A combination of black and white constitutes degrees of lightness and darkness.  When painting black on a white background, the soul is transported to the white background.  Whiteness comes to life when contrasted with black line and black space.  In this case, soul also may be expressed through the blackness.  Soul may be transported to the black or a combination of white and black, which shed a mysterious merit to the soul or spirit.  Pen arts starts and ends from an essence of nature’s fundamental contrasts.  The primary essence is infinite and eternal while the artistic harmony of black and white can take one’s breath away.  But, this is not possible until a metamorphosis has been realized over many years and spiritual transcendence has occurred.  The transfer of spirit  occurs when one’s life experiences are projected onto the white canvas in harmony with blackness.  That is the true ‘pen art.’                Artist Lee Young Jun I am a Korean. I pioneered the " Lee Young Jun Pen Art " and Perfected the genre. I am Artist Lee Young Jun. Pen Art is the only genre is an important work In the world. The works are extremely valuable. And no one is able to work not dare to imitate. The hope my work can be sympathy to many people. Thank you.
  • This place always a great visit. Their exhibits are top notch and the kids art area is very fun when you have a little one (or even if you're just young at heart!)
  • The exhibits are amazingly beautiful. While the building seems intimidating to people not dressed to the nines the staff were more than polite and friendly while I was in work clothes. The programs for after school are also amazing.
  • Wonderful museum with rotating exhibits and very good activities for children. I just wish it was bigger.
  • Wonderful non-collecting museum, meaning there is not (or very little) of a permanent collection, but with very good and consistently rotated exhibits. The museum is housed in the beautiful art-deco style old main Nashville post office that is on the National Register of Historic Places.