Founded in 1940, the multidisciplinary art center is considered one of the "Big Five" museums for modern art. Focusing on the visual, performing, and media arts of our time, the Walker takes a global, multidisciplinary, and diverse approach to the creation, presentation, interpretation, collection, and preservation of art.
Walker Collections reflect a diverse range of artistic pursuits, including: a permanent collection of visual arts, the Ruben/Bentson Moving Image Collection, performing arts commissions, the library’s Rosemary Furtak Collection of artists’ books, the Merce Cunningham Dance Company Collection, and the Digital Arts Study Collection.
The Walker’s expansion, which was designed by Herzog & de Meuron, opened in April 2005. Adjacent to the museum is the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden (see separate listing), one of the nation’s largest urban sculpture parks. The Garden’s centerpiece and most popular work is Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen’s Spoonbridge and Cherry (1985–1988), which has become a beloved symbol of the Twin Cities.
Looking backward and forward at contemporary art in our time
Invites the viewer to become reacquainted with favorites from the collection
Some 30 paintings and 32 works on paper, from 1996 to today
Explores the expressive potential of the human body
90 works survey six decades of Johns’s practice in printmaking
80 dynamic design solutions for a number of speculative scenarios of the future
New installation tells a Minnesota story that spans two centuries: 1858–1958–2058.