Founded in 1914 with a single painting, today there are 95,000 objects in the collection of 18th- and 19th-century, modern, and contemporary art — including the largest holding of works by Henri Matisse in the world.
The collection includes American and European painting, sculpture, and decorative arts; prints and drawings from the 15th century to the present; works by established and emerging contemporary artists; and art objects from Africa and Asia. Two beautifully landscaped gardens display an array of 20th-century sculpture.
The BMA is located in a historic building designed in the 1920s by renowned American architect John Russell Pope.
30+ works explore the universal theme of home
A site-specific installation evoking the artist’s visionary plans for “cloud cities"
Immersive environment using intense, unnatural colors highlights local environmental issues
20 works illustrate the honored place birds hold within numerous African cultures
7 works in luminous fabrics and glass beads narrate Nat Turner and his 1831 rebellion
Highlighting influential artists who broke free from the academic art of the past
2 films featuring signature B&W sets and costumes, plus 6 light boxes and sculptural sets
40 sculptures alongside a series of paintings honoring African American figures
150 chandeliers create a scientifically precise representation of moon dust's chemical composition
Multi media and site specific works embody abstraction
Large-scale figurative paintings represent African history through European compositions
A major retrospective of more than 160 photographs, sculpture, and video since the 1990s
Intimate environments constructed with familiar, symbolically laden materials