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Centennial Loans

In celebration of its centennial in 2016, the Cleveland Museum of Art is marking its anniversary with a series of exceptional loans from select collections around the world. Some are directly related to our own works; others highlight an artist or object not currently represented in our collection. This program includes masterworks from such eminent museums as The Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the J. Paul Getty Museum. More than a dozen works of art spanning five hundred years and representing cultures from four continents will be featured. 

Over a period of twelve months, a series of paintings, sculpture, and decorative arts will invite dynamic juxtapositions and dialogues with objects from the CMA’s permanent collection, and will provide the opportunity for visitors to rediscover our renowned holdings, which constitute the core of our identity and remarkable reputation. The rich array of objects generously loaned by other institutions underscores the collegial relationship the CMA enjoys with museums across the country. It also acknowledges the important role the CMA plays as a lender to other institutions’ special exhibitions. Over the course of the year, visitors will encounter paintings by Titian, John Singer Sargent, Vassily Kandinsky, and Marcel Duchamp, as well as a Luba mask from the Congo, a seventeenth-century silver sculpture from Tibet, and a garland-style diamond necklace by Tiffany and Co., among other masterworks.

Check back throughout the year to see newly announced Centennial loans!

White Tara, 1600s. Tibet. Silver with gold and inlays of copper and semiprecious stones; h. 17.1 cm. Asia Society, New York, Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller 3rd Collection 1979.52. Photography by Synthescape, courtesy of Asia Society.

Gallery 237
On view April 6 – November 6, 2016

Little Big Painting, 1965. Roy Lichtenstein (American 1923-1997). Oil and acrylic on canvas; 68 × 80 in. (172.7 × 203.2 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, Purchase, with funds from the Friends of the Whitney Museum of American Art, 66.2. © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein.

Gallery 229
On view June 28 – November 17, 2016

Portrait of Emy, 1919. Karl Schmidt-Rottluff (German, 1884–1976). Oil on canvas; 71.9 x 65.4 cm. North Carolina Museum of Art, Bequest of W. R. Valentiner. © 2016 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn.

Gallery 225
On view August 25 – December 18, 2016

Improvisation No. 30 (Cannons), 1913. Vassily Kandinsky (French, born Russia, 1866–1944). Oil on canvas; 111 x 111.3 cm. The Art Institute of Chicago, Arthur Jerome Eddy Memorial Collection, 1931.511. © 2016 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Gallery 225
On view August 25 – December 4, 2016

Human Effigy Pipe, 100 BC–AD 100. Adena people, Adena Mound, Ross County, Ohio. Pipestone; h. 20 cm. Ohio History Connection, Columbus A1200/10. Photo: AP-1492.

Gallery 231
On view September 3, 2016 – January 8, 2017

Portrait of Helen Sears, 1895. John Singer Sargent (American, 1856–1925). Oil on canvas; 167.3 x 91.4 cm (65 7/8 x 36 inches). Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Gift of Mrs. J. D. Cameron Bradley, 55.1116. Photograph ©

2016 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Gallery 208
On view September 3 – November 1, 2016

Wade Necklace, c. 1900. Tiffany & Co. (est. 1837, New York). Gold, platinum, diamonds; 36 x 8.5 cm. Tiffany & Co. Archives, A1999.49.01. © Tiffany & Co. Archives.

Gallery 221
On view September 3 – December 31, 2016

Study for Portrait VI, 1953
Francis Bacon (British, 1909–1992)
Oil on canvas; 151.5 x 116.2 cm (59 5/8 x 45 3/4 inches)
Minneapolis Institute of Art, The Miscellaneous Works of Art Purchase Fund 58.35
© The Estate of Francis Bacon. All rights reserved / DACS, London / ARS, NY 2014

Gallery 224
On view September 27 – December 31, 2016
American Flag Loan Slide