The Art Institute of Chicago is an encyclopedic art museum founded in 1879 as both a museum and school for the fine arts. The museum's permanent collection covers nearly 5,000 years of art from around the world, and has grown to nearly 300,000 works, including a collection of Impressionist and post-impressionist pieces.
Housed in a Beaux-Arts style building originally built for the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition, collections include over 1,000 contemporary works from 1945 to the present, nearly 1,000 works of modern art by artists from Europe and the Americas, more than 3,500 European paintings from the 12th through the 20th century, and five millennia of Asian art.
Whether or not you go, Paintings at the Art Institute of Chicago: Highlights of the Collection is a new and updated selection of key paintings at the Art Institute of Chicago, featuring works from around the globe and dating from ancient Egypt to
the present day. This beautiful catalogue presents an expansive selection of painted works from around the globe, introduced insightfully by James Rondeau, president and director of the Art Institute. New color photography accompanies entries written by a team of curators, art historians, and educators, which put the works into context.
The book showcases a dazzling range of paintings, including an Egyptian funeral portrait, an ancient Mexican wall mural, Chinese scroll paintings, Japanese painted screens, and works by artists such as Caillebotte, Cassatt, El Greco, Gauguin, Homer, Hopper, Johns, Lichtenstein, Matisse, Mitsuoki, Monet, Morisot, Motley, O’Keeffe, Picasso, Pollock, Rembrandt, Richter, Rubens, Sargent, Seurat, Tiepolo, Turner, Van Gogh, Warhol, Whistler, and Wood; contemporary artists featured include Kerry James Marshall, Wanda Pimentel, and Kazuo Shiraga.
Eight miniature Thorne Rooms decorated for the holidays
Explores architecture and design as integrated, ever-changing, and multilayered.
18th-century Neapolitan crèche features more than 200 figures
Explores how rhythm informs textile design.
Experience an artistic heritage through jewelry and decorative objects
Large-scale abstract paintings mirror the Guatemalan rainforest
225 works contextualize the artists’ creative processes and working methods
Images juxtaposed with drawings, renderings, and models reveal the elements that make architecture
Experience the artists’ distinctive vision through 30 recent works
Explores the uncomfortable and often hidden connections between art, power, money, politics, and business
A dreamy film depicts mother and daughter in a Mayan jungle garden
Immersive audio installation of prayer of dozens of faiths and spiritual affinities
Hairy Who gallery posters and supplemental ephemera
See the photograph collection through a conservator’s eyes
17th - 19th century ukiyo-e prints and paintings
Paintings of bijin (beauties) embody the floating world’s ideals of style
A century of photography, language, and sculpture fill four rooms
Works created through a process of accumulation and redaction
Major exhibition shows the transformation of Manet's style in his later years
60+ textiles explore ways Andean cultures developed textile technologies and designs
75 examples of powerful graphic imagery from ancient North America
100 prints explore process, repetition, and artistic obsession
The range of experience and identities historically shared by African-Americans
FIlm explores the histories of two failed utopias