The Baltimore Museum of Art’s outstanding collection encompasses 90,000 works of art, including the largest holding of works by Henri Matisse in the world, as well as masterpieces by Pablo Picasso, Paul Cézanne, and Vincent van Gogh.
A summertime oasis, the BMA’s Sculpture Gardens feature a 100-year survey of modern and contemporary sculpture on nearly three landscaped acres in the heart of the city. Admission to the collection is free to everyone, every day.
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Society’s desire to believe in something otherworldly can transform the banal—branches, rock formations, and mist on the water—into variations of a creature, the Loch Ness monster, both ominous and oddly endearing. Gerard Byrne uses film and photography to explore the way that we develop this collective fantasy in selections from his on-going project Case Study: Loch Ness (Some possibilities and problems). Byrne infuses his work with wry humor as he explores how people see what they want to see rather than what is there.
The consequences of war and the enormity of the military’s reach are felt through quiet moments away from combat in An-My Lê’s powerful color and black-and-white images.
In the revitalized Contemporary Wing, this Front Room exhibition features 21 photographs from four series showing post-war Vietnam, Vietnam reenactors, and the American military carrying out training, surveillance, and peacekeeping missions on vast landscapes and seascapes throughout the world. Lê’s large-format camera captures the finest details of scene, which emphasizes the vastness of the landscapes. Though the artist is a Vietnam War refugee (she was airlifted out of Saigon in 1975 at age 15), she neither celebrates nor condemns the subjects of her work, letting the viewer determine their own meaning.
"Pay enough attention to the remarkably varied, often little-known, always touching portraits in 'Matisse's Marguerite' and we begin to glimpse the painter's much loved daughter through his eyes."
—The Wall Street Journal, November 5, 2013
More than 50 prints, drawings, sculptures, and paintings of Matisse's daughter Marguerite offer a rare look at the artist's personal life and work. Born in 1894 when the artist was struggling to achieve recognition for his art, Marguerite was a frequent model for her father, as well as a dedicated assistant and archivist. Many portraits of Marguerite were breakthrough moments for Matisse, revealing an advance in his artistic vision. Over the course of 45 years, Matisse portrayed Marguerite in many ways as his art changed to reveal new ways of seeing, but always with a level of intimacy that's not seen elsewhere in his work.
The exhibition is drawn from the BMA's great Matisse collection with additional objects borrowed from museums and private collections, many not previously shown. Archival materials show a close rapport between Marguerite and Baltimore collectors Claribel and Etta Cone.
"Morris Louis (1912-1962) made some of the most enigmatic, unabashedly beautiful paintings in the history of abstraction, confrontational expanses that stir our feelings through pure relationships of color and gesture."
—The Wall Street Journal, October 15
Illuminating unknown aspects of the ground breaking artist’s practice, Morris Louis: Unveiled presents more than 25 works, including several large-scale paintings and a number of rarely seen drawings that comprise a recent gift to the BMA from the artist’s widow’s estate. Exhibition highlights include two unusual and exuberantly gestural paintings Silver III, 1953, and Untitled 5-76, 1956 as well as the iconic Dalet Beth 'veil' painting.
Born, raised, and educated in Baltimore, Louis became a celebrated originator of the Washington Color School. Related works on paper by Klee, Matisse, Miró, Picasso, and Pollock demonstrate his range of influences.
Leading up to the exhibition, Curator of Contemporary Art Hileman worked with emerging art historian Antonia Pocock, a Ph.D. candidate at New York University's Institute of Fine Arts. Pocock has been investigating Louis' approach to abstraction, especially in the BMA's atypical examples of paintings and drawings from the late 1940s through the mid-1950s. New research by Pocock will be published in a free exhibition brochure and also presented in a public lecture.
This exhibition is generously sponsored by the Morris Louis Art Trust, the Morris Louis Conservation Fund, and the Marcella Brenner Revocable Trust.
Contemporary Art Wing Now Open!
There’s always something new to see at the BMA. The Museum’s exciting new presentation of the art of our time keeps the visitor experience lively and fresh through two new exhibition series and the return of the acclaimed Front Room series.
Guyton\Walker. Untitled. 2011. The Baltimore Museum of Art: Fanny B. Thalheimer Memorial Fund, BMA 2011.39.1-27. Courtesy of Greene Naftali Gallery, New York
The BMA is the first major museum to commission and acquire a site-specific installation by award-winning artist Sarah Oppenheimer. For the dramatic two-part work, the artist opens sightlines between the 2nd and 3rd floors of the Contemporary Wing and through the wall between the contemporary and Cone collections, inserting meticulously crafted aluminum and reflective glass. The groundbreaking architectural intervention allows you to see unexpected views of fellow visitors, art works, and galleries above, below, and across from you.
Oppenheimer received a BA in Semiotics from Brown University and an MFA from Yale University, where she is a visiting critic in painting and printmaking in the School of Art. Her work has been exhibited in the U.S. and Europe at venues including the Rice University Art Gallery, Houston; the Saint Louis Art Museum; the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; and the Skulpturens Hus, Stockholm.
Oppenheimer’s architectural intervention at the BMA is generously funded by the Nathan L. and Suzanne F. Cohen Contemporary Art Acquisitions Endowment and a gift from the Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art.
Visit your favorite works by Matisse, Picasso, Pissarro, Courbet, and Degas in the world-class Cone Collection galleries. Special exhibitions inspired by or from the collection are often presented in these galleries as well.
Please Note: Approximately 80 works from the Museum's collection of Matisse works are on tour as a part of a special exhibition traveling to Indianapolis, Minneapolis, and San Antonio from August 2013 through October 2014. While these works are traveling, visitors can see two unique exhibitions presented in the Cone Wing—Matisse's Marguerite: Model Daughter (September 18, 2013–January 19, 2014) and German Expressionism (January 29, 2014–October 2014).
European Art Galleries
A Grand Legacy: Five Centuries of European Art features the monumental Rinaldo and Armida, one of the world's finest paintings by Sir Anthony van Dyck, as well as masterpieces by Frans Hals, Rembrandt van Rijn, and Jean Baptiste Siméon Chardin.