The RISD Museum collects and exhibits works of art and design representing diverse cultures across time, holding 100,000 objects, from ancient art to work by contemporary artists and designers from across the globe.
In addition to more than 25,000 works on paper, holdings include Antiquities, Asian art -- spanning 5,000 years -- and Decorative Arts, including European and American furniture, silver, metalwork, wallpaper, ceramics, glass, from the medieval period to the present.
The Painting and Sculpture collection includes works of European and American art from the 12th- through the mid-20th century. Many renowned artists are represented, including Tiepolo, Memmi, Goltzius, and Ruysdael; Poussin, Angelica Kauffmann, and Joshua Reynolds; Manet, Monet, Degas, Cézanne, Rodin, Picasso, Braque, Matisse, Léger, and Kokoschka. American artists include Copley, Stuart, Cole, Homer, Chase, Heade, Cassatt, and Sargent, Bellows, Henri, Parrish, O’Keeffe.
Illuminates the golden era of the company's designs in silver and mixed-metal ware
Explores how modern and contemporary metal is designed, formed, and decorated
Works by 40+ artists, designers, and collectives offer a broad experience of postwar art and design
Multidisciplinary exhibition investigates mending as material intervention, metaphor, and as a call to action
60 works consider who has the power to shape the representation of selfhood
Considering the American flag in the context of our time
Film and video works present a short explanation of drag culture and performance in contemporary art
Contemporary artists invited to create work using the museum for critical creative production and presentation
The invention and revival of traditional printmaking techniques throughout history