Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA) is an art museum in the University Circle neighborhood of Cleveland, Ohio.
The Cleveland Museum of Art
It has a permanent collection of more than
43,000 works of art. General admission to the permanent galleries
is free to the public, with admission fees charged for certain
special exhibitions. In June 2008, the museum reopened 19 of its
permanent galleries located in the museum's historic 1916 building,
upon completion of a significant building renovation that had
closed the galleries since 2005. In June 2009, the newly
constructed East Wing, which houses elements of the Impressionist,
Contemporary, and Modern art collections (including the famed
blue-period Picasso work La Vie
), reopened to the
Students viewing the museum's
Cleveland Museum of Art divides its collections into 15 departments
including Chinese Art, Modern European Art, African Art, Drawings,
Prints, European Painting & Sculpture, Textiles & Islamic
Art, American Painting & Sculpture, Greek & Roman Art,
Contemporary Art, Medieval Art, Decorative Art & Design, Art of
the Ancient Americas and Oceania, Photography and Contemporary Art.
Artists represented by significant works include Caravaggio
, El Greco
, Gerard David
, Matisse, Renoir, Gauguin, Church,
Cole, Corot, Eakins, Monet, van Gogh, Picasso, Bellows. The Museum
has been active recently in acquiring later 20th-century art,
having added important works by Warhol, Pollock, Christo, Kiefer,
Richter, Clemente, Kossoff, Close, Mangold, Tansey and LeWitt,
The museum also maintains a schedule of special exhibitions,
lectures, films and musical programs. The department of performing
arts, music and film hosts the Panorama Film Series and the VIVA!
& Gala Around Town concert series, which brings creative
energies of internationally renowned artists into Cleveland.
The department of education
at CMA creates programs for
lifelong learning from lectures, talks and studio classes to
outreach programs and community events, such as "Circle of Masks",
"Parade the Circle", "Chalk Festival" and the "Winter Lights
Lantern Festival". Educational programs include distance learning,
"Art to Go", and the "Educator's Academy". The museum is also home
to the Ingalls Library, one of the largest art museum libraries in
the United States with almost 431,000 volumes.
The Cleveland Museum of Art, Winter
Lights Lantern Festival.
Noche Flamenca, part of CMA's
The museum's large cast of Rodin
has a unique but
troubled history. Partially destroyed in a bombing in 1970 by
, the statue
was left unrestored due to the close involvement of the artist in
its original casting. The damaged statue is now considered to be
interesting commentary on The Thinker which was originally paired
with the artist's The Gates of
.In June 2004, the museum acquired an ancient
bronze sculpture of Apollo
Sauroktonos, believed to be an original work by Praxiteles of Athens.
Because the work has a contested
, the museum continues to study the dating and
attribution of the sculpture.
The museum is especially strong in the field of Asian art,
possessing one of the best collections in the U.S.
The Cleveland Museum of Art, "Building
for the Future"
The museum's building and renovation project, "Building for the
Future", began in 2005 and is on target for completion in 2012.
While the first phase of the project cost $9.3 million more than
expected and has pushed back the reopening by 9 months, museum
director Timothy Rub has stated that increase in quality will be
worth the wait and expense.
When finished, the size of the expanded museum will be
approximately 588,000 gross square feet, an increase of . Gallery
space will increase 41 percent, from 89,000 to . Overall, the
museum will grow from 389,000 to . Enhanced visitor amenities will
include new restrooms, an expanded store and cafÃ©, parking capacity
increased to 620 spaces, and a glass-covered courtyard. It will
address the need for additional space for the care and presentation
of the permanent collection, for a broader range of educational
activities, and for improved amenities for visitors. This project
is being designed by the firm Rafael ViÃ±oly Architects, which was
retained in 2001.
The new museum will feature CMA's two architectural landmarks, the
1916 Beaux Arts
building and the 1971 north building by Marcel Breuer
, both of which are being
completely renovated. Two additions, an east wing and a west wing,
will flank the new facility, and a large courtyard with a soaring
glass canopy will crown the center of the structure.
In June 2008, the museum unveiled the first fruits of this building
and renovation project, with the reopening of 19 galleries on the
second floor of the 1916 building. The special exhibition area in
the East Wing opened in 2008. On June 27, 2009, the newly
constructed East Wing (which contains modern and contemporary art)
opened to the public.
Works in the collection
- FRAME - The Cleveland Museum of Art is a member of
FRAME (French Regional American Museum Exchange) and has presented
and contributed to FRAME-sponsored exhibitions.