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"The unorthodox, 23,200-square-foot museum situated at 4420 Warwick Blvd. in Kansas City, is composed of a large atrium attached to two wings. The museum, which was built between 1992 and 1994 at the cost of about $6.6 million, utilizes concrete, glass and steel as its primary building materials. Birkerts told the museum his design is a tribute to the modern art the museum displays and its dynamic form is supposed to reject traditional architectural style yet feel expressive and accommodating. Birkerts is famous for his free-flowing, non-traditional designs.

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Post-Crosby, the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art looks to the future

The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art marks its 20th anniversary this year, but the celebration is bittersweet.

R. Crosby Kemper, the banker and civic leader who put the museum in motion with co-founder Bebe Kemper, died eight months ago, raising questions in the arts community about the museum’s future. Is there funding — and a commitment from his children — for the museum to continue?