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The Baltimore Museum of Art

Art Museum Drive
Baltimore, MD

Phone: 410-396-7100 - Tty: 410-396-4930

Statement of Purpose

The Baltimore Museum of Art, Maryland's largest art museum, houses a permanent collection of over 100,000 objects. French post-impressionists; painting, sculpture Renaissance to present; Oriental, pre-Columbian, American Indian, African, Oceanic, American decorative arts.

Highlights & Collections

The BMA's Cone Collection, one of the most outstanding collections of modern art in the world, includes painting and sculpture by Matisse, Picasso, Renoir, Cezanne, van Gogh, Gauguin, and other icons of modernism.

The Museum also features an American Wing with superb furniture, decorative arts, paintings, miniature rooms, and period rooms; art from Africa, the Americas, and Oceania; a distinguished selection of Chinese ceramics; eight galleries devoted to European Old Masters; and one of the finest collections of prints, drawings, and photographs in the United States.

The Museum's sculpture gardens include 20th-century works by artists from Rodin to Nevelson.

The west wing is dedicated to painting and sculpture from 1945 to the present, and includes a gallery of major works by Andy Warhol.

Each year the Museum offers many special exhibitions ranging across a broad spectrum of visual culture from antiquity to the present.

Current Exhibits and Upcoming Special Events:

odin: Expression & Influence   
August 1, 2007 February 10, 2008  

Free exhibition



The exhibition is curated by Assistant Curator of European Painting and Sculpture Dr. Oliver Shell. The exhibition is generously supported by Stiles Tuttle Colwill and Jonathan Gargiolo.


Matisse: Painter as Sculptor                                                     

October 28, 2007- February 3, 2008 

Ticketed exhibition with complimentary audio tour


The BMA presents the first major exhibition of Henri Matisse’s sculpture in the U.S. in more than two decades. Matisse: Painter as Sculptor features more than 150 sculptures, paintings, drawings, and archival photographs that reveal the artist’s innovations as a sculptor, the extraordinary dialogue between his two- and three-dimensional objects, and his significance in the history of modern art. A selection of works by artists such as Constantin Brancusi, Paul Cézanne, Edgar Degas, Alberto Giacometti, Pablo Picasso, and Auguste Rodin provide a vivid context for Matisse’s work, while interactive video displays provide insights into the production of sculpture and the artist’s creative process.


The exhibition is organized thematically around a group of more than 60 of Matisse’s great sculptural masterworks created from 1899 to 1950. Highlights never before shown in Baltimore include the monumental series of four bronze reliefs known as The Backs (19091930), and more than half a dozen paintings such as Oil Sketch for The Joy of Life (19051906) and Still Life with Plaster Figure (1906), drawn from major museum collections. Other major works are the bronze sculptures Madeleine I (1901) and Madeleine II (1903); the five portrait busts of Jeannette (19101914); and a selection of drawings and cutouts that explore similar themes.

Cone Collection Grand Reopening

The famed Cone Collection returned to The Baltimore Museum of Art after touring the U.S. and Canada. Two Baltimore sisters, Etta and Claribel Cone, acquired the largest collection of Matisse in the world, as well as many works of art by Picasso, Cézanne, and Renoir. The BMA is celebrating 50 years of the Cone Collection by introducing eight elegant new galleries and a virtual tour of the apartments where the Cone sisters first displayed their collection.



W-F: 11-5, Sa-Su: 11-6

Admission & Directions:

Adults: $10.00
Seniors: $8.00
Students with ID: $6.00

Key Personnel:

Dorren Bolger, Director
Jay Fisher, Deputy Director
David A. Penney, Exhibitions Manager
Anne Mannix, Public Relations Director

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