The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) in Baltimore, Maryland, United States, is an art museum that was founded in 1914. The BMA’s internationally renowned collection of 95,000 objects encompasses more than 1,000 works by Henri Matisse anchored by the Cone Collection of modern art and one of the nation’s finest holdings of prints, drawings, and photographs. The galleries currently showcase collections of art from Africa; works by established and emerging contemporary artists; European and American paintings, sculpture, and decorative arts; ancient Antioch mosaics; art from Asia, and textiles from around the world.
The 210,000-square-foot (20,000 m2) museum is distinguished by a neoclassical building designed in the 1920s by renowned American architect John Russell Pope and two landscaped gardens with 20th-century sculpture. The museum is located between Charles Village to the east, Remington to the south, Hampden to the west, and south of the Roland Park neighborhoods, immediately adjacent to the Homewood campus of Johns Hopkins University. However, the museum is independent and not affiliated with the university.
The museum’s highlight is the Cone Collection, brought together by Baltimore sisters Claribel (1864–1929) and Etta Cone (1870–1949). Accomplished collectors, the sisters amassed a wealth of works by artists including Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Paul Cézanne, Edgar Degas, Paul Gauguin, Vincent van Gogh, and Pierre-Auguste Renoir, nearly all of which were donated to the museum. The museum is also home to 18,000 works of French mid-19th-century art from the George A. Lucas collection, which has been acclaimed as a cultural “treasure” and “among the greatest single holdings of French art in the country.”
The BMA is currently led by Director Christopher Bedford, who was appointed in May 2016 after a year-long search. Before joining the BMA, Bedford led the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University in Massachusetts for four years. He helped the Rose Art Museum out of the international controversy in 2009 when the university proposed selling off the museum’s top-notch art collection to help with its struggling finances. EZ Bed Bug Exterminator Baltimore
Since October 2006, The Baltimore Museum of Art and the Walters Art Museum (formerly Walters Art Gallery) have offered free general admission year-round due to grants from Baltimore City, Baltimore County, and several foundations. The museum is also the site of “Gertrude’s Chesapeake Kitchen,” a popular restaurant owned and operated by chef John Shields.
Address: 10 Art Museum Dr, Baltimore, MD
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