The Cleveland Museum of Art continues to collect artworks of exceptional aesthetic and historical significance, strengthening a comprehensive collection that is widely considered to be one of the finest of its type in the country. Some of the most recent major purchases include an oil painting by Max Beckmann, a leading figure in the German Expressionist and New Objectivity movements, and rare garments from the Mbuun people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and from the Hausa or Nupe people of Nigeria or Niger. Notable gifts include the entire “Social Graces” series published by renowned photographer Larry Fink in 1984, and a Song dynasty marbled bowl created in response to glassware imported from areas like Persia, to the west of China.
The Cleveland Museum of Art has been awarded a $500,000 challenge grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, which will be used to endow the museum’s interpretation program. The program provides visitors a range of humanities-based interpretive tools to access and understand the works of art on view in the permanent collection and special exhibition galleries. The grant serves as an important catalyst for the establishment of the interpretation endowment and the funds will be matched 3:1 with the additional $1.5 million raised from other sources.
CLEVELAND (January 14, 2013) – On January 21, 2013, the Cleveland Museum of Art will open Gallery One, a unique, interactive gallery that blends art, technology and interpretation to inspire visitors to explore the museum’s renowned collections. This revolutionary space features the largest multi-touch screen in the United States, which displays images of over 3,500 objects from the museum’s world-renowned permanent collection.
CLEVELAND (November 16, 2012) – The Cleveland Museum of Art today announced a significant gift from The George Gund Foundation and Gund family in support of the museum’s renovation and expansion project. The $5 million gift was approved by the trustees of The George Gund Foundation during their board meeting on Thursday, November 8. The Gund family committed an additional $5 million to the project. These gifts bring their total commitment to Transformation: The Campaign for the Cleveland Museum of Art to $20 million.
CLEVELAND (Oct. 23, 2012) – On Oct. 28, 2012, the celebrated partnership among the Cleveland Museum of Art, Chef Douglas Katz and Bon Appétit Management Company will come to fruition when Provenance, a fine-dining restaurant, and Provenance Café are unveiled at the museum. The opening date coincides with a cultural celebration at the museum and the debut of its new 39,000-square-foot atrium, museum store and Wari: Lords of the Ancient Andes exhibition.
CLEVELAND (August 13, 2012) – The Cleveland Museum of Art is a collecting institution and has been acquiring antiquities since it was founded in 1913. These latest acquisitions highlight an ongoing commitment to enhancing the museum's permanent holdings across the full scope of its collections with outstanding works of art. The museum studies, preserves and displays great works of art from various cultures, periods and genres while fully respecting appropriate collecting practices.
CLEVELAND (September 28, 2012) – As part of the ongoing review of its collections, the Cleveland Museum of Art has identified Claude Monet's painting Wheat Field (1881) for deaccession through public auction. In keeping with the museum's policy and the accepted guidelines established by the AAMD, all proceeds from the sale of this artwork will be used for future art acquisitions.