Monday, November 19, 2012

Renovated contemporary art wing at the Baltimore Museum

“Rediscover the collection's unique strength in works by women, artists of color, and artists whose work makes a profound social statement. Experience the cutting edge of contemporary art with works by artists responding to today's issues. Welcome the return of the masterworks you've missed when the Museum unveils the transformed Contemporary Wing, featuring a spectacular new presentation of its great contemporary collection...”

This is how The Baltimore Museum of Art throws light on a collection of more than 100 objects—paintings, sculpture, photographs, drawings, and moving image works— featured in revitalized galleries that create thought-provoking encounters with contemporary art. 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 displayed in a 1994 addition to the Museum.

Masterfully lit under new state-of-the-art lighting, the new arrangement of the collection showcases celebrated works by Olafur Eliasson, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Andy Warhol, Franz West, and other eminent artists alongside thrilling new acquisitions from 21st-century artists such as Guyton\Walker, Josephine Meckseper, Sarah Sze, and Rirkrit Tiravanija.

One of the very 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 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.

In conjunction with the reopening, the acclaimed Front Room series returns, a new black box gallery debuts, and a new gallery dedicated to the presentation of the BMA's renowned holdings of contemporary prints, drawings, and photographs premieres.

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.

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