Art Institute of Chicago

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Art Institute of Chicago is a world-renowned art museum featuring one of the largest collections in the United States of America. It has a collection of more than 26,000 art works and artifacts. The most famous ones are the Impressionist and the Post-Impressionist paintings, contemporary arts, early 20th century European painting and sculpture, and the Japanese prints. In addition to displaying its permanent collection, the Art Institute does around 40 exhibitions every year and features gallery tours, lectures and special performances on daily basis.

The Collections

The Art Institute has several collections covering African, American, Ancient & Byzantine, Arms, Armor, Medieval and Renaissance, Asian, European, Indian and more. The African collection includes over 400 works that highlight the diversity of tradition-based arts on the continent and also, have beadwork, regalia, furniture, masks and figural sculpture and textiles from countries like Ghana, the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Africa, Nigeria, Morocco and Mali. It probably has the largest collection of African art in the American museum.

The American Art includes more than 1,000 paintings and sculptures. It covers nearly 2,500 decorative art objects from the 17th century to present. The significant works by James McNeil Whistler, Winslow Homer, John Singer Sargent and Mary Cassatt are simply awesome.

Some of the famous Asian paintings are from countries like India, Japan, China, Korea and the countries in Middle East and southwest Asia. It includes Chinese bronzes, archaic jades, ceramics, Japanese textiles, Indian & Persian miniature paintings, Indian and Southwest Asian sculpture.

European decorative arts collection of around 25,000 objects includes ceramics, metalwork, glass, furniture, enamels and ivory. Highlights are Continental glass from French, English & German ceramics, French 19th century silver, furniture from the early 17th century to the present.

Finest modern collection includes nearly 1,000 works by artists from America and Europe. The paintings include New Mexico, Wood’s American Gothic, Lachaise’s Woman, Wood’s American Gothic & Ivan Albright’s Picture of Dorian Gray.

Past Exhibitions

The family exhibition: play, pretend and dream was celebrated and had the 75th anniversary of the Caldecott award with an illustration from the 16 books that have won the honor award over the past four years & distinguished medal. Another famous exhibition was African Wrapped, Beaded & Robed exhibition which covered the collection of African art feature lavish use of materials. The late Roman & early Byzantine Treasures showcased over 50 luxurious treasury objects from the British Museum.

Current Exhibitions

The Art & Appetite of American cuisine, paintings & culture is running successful as of now, which interprets eating habits of America via paintings, sculptures & decorative arts. The beloved decorative tradition is back and is getting an overwhelming response with 11 rooms dressed in holiday finery. The famous Japanese Art of the 1960’s is also being showcased and is attracting people to come and visit the museum. Pioneer paintings by artist Ed Clark are also found there. The ancient portraits in stone and precious metals, mummy masks, luxury glasses representing the history when the Greeks ruled Egypt are being displayed at the museum.

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