About the Museum
“Most art is fragile and some should be placed and never moved again.” So wrote American minimalist sculptor Donald Judd, founder of the Chinati Foundation. Located on a 340-acre tract of desert land that includes abandoned US Army buildings, Chinati is a contemporary art museum that embodies Judd’s belief that art and the surrounding landscape are inextricably linked. It opened in 1986 with the specific intention to present permanent large-scale installations by a limited number of artists, including Judd himself. Each artist has work installed in a separate building on the museum's grounds, while temporary exhibitions showcase modern and contemporary work in diverse media.
(Image: Donald Judd, 100 untitled works in mill aluminum, 1982-1986, Permanent collection, Chinati Foundation, Marfa, Texas, Photo: Florian Holzherr, courtesy Chinati Foundation, Donald Judd Art © 2017 Judd Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York)Read Less