Contemporary Art

Nick Cave's Soundsuit (2013).

Nick Cave. Soundsuit. 2013.
The Baltimore Museum of Art: Fanny B. Thalheimer Memorial Fund, and Ellen W. P. Wasserman Acquisitions Endowment,
© Nick Cave. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York. BMA 2013.325.

Since its founding, the BMA has been exhibiting and collecting works by contemporary artists, resulting in an impressive collection of 20th- and 21st-century art. The collection has unique strength in works by women, artists of color, and artists whose work makes a profound social statement.

One of the latest additions to the collection is a dramatic site-specific installation by award-winning artist Sarah Oppenheimer. For the two-part work, the artist meticulously crafted and inserted into the Contemporary Wing's architecture aluminum and reflective glass that allows you to see unexpected views of fellow visitors, art works, and galleries above, below, and across from you.


The collection showcases celebrated masterworks and new acquisitions from artists including:

  • Olafur Eliasson
  • Jasper Johns
  • Robert Rauschenberg
  • Andy Warhol
  • Franz West
  • Guyton\Walker
  • Josephine Meckseper
  • Sarah Sze
  • Rirkrit Tiravanija

On View

The transformed Contemporary Wing features more than 100 paintings, sculptures, photographs, drawings, and moving image works in revitalized galleries that create thought-provoking encounters with contemporary art.

Experience the cutting edge of contemporary art with works by artists responding to today's issues.

In addition to the permanent collection, works on display include the acclaimed Front Room series, media works in the Black Box gallery, and a dedicated presentation of the BMA's renowned holdings of contemporary prints, drawings, and photographs.

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To connect with the Department of Contemporary Art, please email If you are an artist interested in bringing your work to the attention of the BMA’s Department of Contemporary Art, please send your materials to