Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) Newly Renovated Contemporary Wing Reopens November 18

The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) unveils an exciting new look at the art of our time when it reopens its newly renovated contemporary wing on November 18, completing the first phase of its $24.5 million renovation. Visitors will discover 16 refreshed and revitalized galleries showcasing masterworks from the contemporary collection by Robert Rauschenberg and Andy Warhol alongside more than a dozen new works created by established and emerging artists working today. Highlights of the project include a new exhibition series; a new black box gallery for light, sound, and moving image works; two new interactive galleries; and the museum’s first smartphone tour of the collection.

“The November reopening of the contemporary wing is an important milestone for the BMA, as it is the first completed phase of the BMA’s renovation to provide a more dynamic and engaging experience for our audiences,” said Museum Director Doreen Bolger. “We look forward to welcoming our visitors into a transformed environment that will create thought- provoking encounters with contemporary art.”

A Great Collection of Contemporary Art
More than 130 objects—including paintings, sculpture, photography, works on paper, and video—are presented thematically in galleries improved with state-of-the art lighting and new wall and floor finishes. The BMA’s contemporary wing, which opened in 1994, houses a significant collection of American art from the past six decades with major late paintings by Andy Warhol, as well as works by Grace Hartigan, Jasper Johns, Donald Judd, Glenn Ligon, Bruce Nauman, Robert Rauschenberg, and Anne Truitt. The museum also holds an outstanding group of works by notable international artists such as Olafur Eliasson, Thomas Hirschhorn, and Franz West, and a significant number of works by women, artists of color, and artists whose work makes a profound social statement, including General Idea, Zoe Leonard, and Felix Gonzalez-Torres.

Exciting New Acquisitions
More than a dozen new additions to the collection demonstrate the extraordinary creativity of artists working in the 21st century. Among the many new acquisitions making their debut this fall are The Shallow Sea (2010), a haunting sound installation by Turner Prize-winning artist Susan Philipsz, and Sarah Sze’s Random Walk Drawing (Eye Chart) (2011), a vibrant mixed- media sculpture composed of intricate areas of digitally cut paper and everyday objects. Rikrit Tiravanija’s Untitled (bicycle shower) (2010) was created by the artist as a means of showering for artists and others who visit “The Land,” an experimental space in Thailand without running water that, among other things, serves as a rice field and garden feeding members of the communities that surround it. These works will be installed to show how the newest of the new art relates to evolving traditions of modern and contemporary art.

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