Saint Louis Art Museum

Saint Louis Art Museum
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Mission:

The Saint Louis Art Museum collects, presents, interprets, and conserves works of art of the highest quality across time and cultures; educates, inspires discovery, and elevates the human spirit; and preserves a legacy of artistic achievement for the people of St. Louis and the world.

History:

The Saint Louis Art Museum was founded in 1879, at the close of a decade that saw the establishment of art museums in great cities across the eastern half of the United States. This Museum's comprehensive collections bear witness to the inspirational and educational goals to which its founder aspired and the moral and democratic imperatives he embraced. What began as a collection of assorted plaster casts, electrotype reproductions, and other examples of "good design" in various media rapidly gave way to a great and varied collection of original works of art spanning five millennia and six continents. Today the quality and breadth of the Museum's collection secure for it a place among the very best institutions of its kind.


Recent News

Exhibition - Paul Gauguin: The Art of Invention at Saint Louis Art Museum

Paul Gauguin: The Art of Invention will feature an exceptional display of ninety paintings, wood carvings, ceramics, prints, and writings that showcase the artist’s fascination with experimentation in various media. The exhibition is grounded…

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Exhibition - Rachel Whiteread at Saint Louis Art Museum

The British sculptor Rachel Whiteread is one of the world’s leading contemporary artists. Whiteread casts the interiors of buildings, household objects, and furniture, capturing familiar but often overlooked areas of the home—the…

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Exhibition - Poetics of the Everyday: Amateur Photography, 1890–1970 at Saint Louis Art Museum

The 110 prints on view in Poetics of the Everyday: Amateur Photography, 1890–1970 were taken during an extraordinary period of time, primarily the first half of the 20th century, when portable cameras became affordable and available to…

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Exhibition - Printing Abstraction At Saint Louis Art Museum

Abstract art flourished in the United States and Europe during the second half of the 20th century, and in recent decades, it continues to be a fundamental catalyst in the development of contemporary art. For the past 60 years, artists have worked…

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Exhibition - Graphic Revolution: American Prints 1960 To Now At Saint Louis Art Museum

Graphic Revolution: American Prints 1960 to Now examines the transformational decade of the 1960s through the early 21st century, and the emergence of the creative synergies between the artists, publishers, printers, dealers, and collectors who have…

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Exhibition - Kehinde Wiley At saint Louis Art Museum

Celebrated artist Kehinde Wiley creates large scale oil paintings of contemporary African American subjects in poses that recall grand traditions of European and American portraiture. His models real people dressed in their own clothing assume poses…

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Exhibition - Flora And Fauna In Japanese Art At Saint Louis Art Museum

Japan encompasses a wide range of habitats, from the icy north to the subtropical south, populated by diverse flora and fauna. The Japanese have celebrated the natural beauty of their island nation in all seasons for millennia and the depiction of…

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Exhibition - New Media Series - Renee Green At Saint Louis Art Museum

Conceptual artist and filmmaker Renée Green creates deeply researched works that explore specific spaces and make visible the ideas, memories, and perceptions layered within them. Her 'essay films' create dialogues between distant places and…

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Exhibition - Sun Xun: Time Spy At Saint Louis Art Museum

Contemporary Chinese artist Sun Xun uses woodblock printing, a centuries old technique, to reimagine and transform the 21st century medium of digital animated film. In Time Spy 2016, Sun Xun has created a three dimensional cinematic world that roams…

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Exhibition - Balance And Opposition In Ancient Peruvian Textiles At Saint Louis Art Museum

In ancient Peru, the concept of duality life and death, man and woman, left and right was fundamentally important to art and culture. All aspects of life, including religion, politics, and the landscape, were organized into two opposing parts that…

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Exhibition: New Media Series - Cyprien Gaillard At Saint Louis Art Museum

New Media Series - Cyprien Gaillard Every evening, a flock of wild rose ringed parakeets take wing through the streets of Düsseldorf, Germany. Cyprien Gaillard’s silent film KOE follows these birds as they fly through the city and gather…

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Exhibition - Currents 115: Jennifer Bornstein At Saint Louis Art Museum

Currents 115: Jennifer Bornstein Since the late 1990s, artist Jennifer Bornstein has worked with a diversity of media to address a consistent set of interconnected concerns artistic collaboration, archival research, technologies of image…

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Exhibition: Greek Island Embroideries At Saint Louis Art Museum

Greek Island Embroideries Vibrantly colored and meticulously crafted, the domestic textiles on view in Greek Island Embroideries reflect the influences of cultures from across the Mediterranean. Located at a maritime crossroads between the Ottoman…

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Exhibition: Fired Up: Ink Painting And Contemporary Ceramics From Japan At Saint Louis Art Museum

The element of fire is essential for the creation of two of Japan's oldest and most enduring art forms, ink painting and ceramics. Fired Up: Ink Painting and Contemporary Ceramics from Japan unites these two art forms in a display of works spanning…

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Exhibition - Art in Bloom Festival 2018

Art in Bloom, the Museum’s annual celebration of flowers and fine art, returns March 2 – 4, 2018. Dozens of works from the Museum’s collection will be imaginatively interpreted through floral design by the region’s most…

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Exhibition: A Century Of Japanese Prints At Saint Louis Art Museum

A Century of Japanese Prints presents a selection of the Museum’s finest examples of modern and contemporary Japanese prints from the 20th and 21st centuries, two thirds of which have never before been displayed at the Museum. Unfolding over…

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Exhibition: Cross-Pollination

Cross-Pollination: Flowers in 18th-Century European Porcelain and TextilesIntoxicated by scientific discovery, the fervor for natural science, particularly botany, reached new heights in 18th-century Europe. Botanical gardens and nurseries…

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Exhibition - Reigning Men: Fashion in Menswear

Reigning Men: Fashion in Menswear, 1715–2015Reigning Men: Fashion in Menswear, 1715-2015 explores the history of men's fashionable dress from the eighteenth century to the present and re-examines the all-too-frequent equation of "fashion" with…

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Exhibition - The Hats of Stephen Jones

The Hats of Stephen JonesThe Hats of Stephen Jones presents a selection of eight hats designed by contemporary British milliner Stephen Jones. Interspersed throughout the Museum's collection, the installation reveals a novel approach to connecting…

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Exhibition - In the Realm of Trees: Photographs, Paintings, and Scholar's Objects

In the Realm of Trees: Photographs, Paintings, and Scholar's Objects from the CollectionTrees have long served as treasured images throughout Chinese art, history, and culture. In the Realm of Trees recognizes this tradition through the presentation…

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Exhibition - Currents 113: Shimon Attie

Currents 113: Shimon AttieLost in Space (After Huck)Artist Shimon Attie creates site-specific, multimedia works that shine a light on what has been lost, buried, or forgotten. His installations incorporate a range of new media techniques, including…

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Exhibition - New Media Series: Shimon Attie

New Media Series: Shimon AttieArtist Shimon Attie's film The Crossing opens in an empty former casino with several gamblers sitting around a slowly-spinning roulette table. The casino is quiet and the players hold static poses. Each places a bet and…

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Exhibition: New Media Series - Rodney McMillian At Saint Louis Art Museum

Rodney McMillian's art examines the socio-political dimensions of power associated with cultural, racial, and economic issues. In his multifaceted body of work, McMillian creates scenes that are complex and impure forums, opening the door for dialog…

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Exhibition: Learning To See - Renaissance And Baroque Masterworks At Saint Louis Art Museum

Learning To See: Renaissance And Baroque Masterworks From The Phoebe Dent Weil And Mark S. Weil CollectionFrom Rembrandt’s masterful Hundred Guilder Print to a colossal marble portrait of the Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius, Learning to See brings…

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2016 Art Hill Film Series at Saint Louis Art Museum

Schedule:Friday, July 8, 2016Top Gun(1986, 110 minutes)Directed by Tony Scott; Starring Tom Cruise, Tim Robbins, Kelly McGillisAs students at the United States Navy's elite fighter weapons school compete to be best in the class, one daring young…

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Exhibition - The Carpet And The Connoisseur

The Carpet and the Connoisseur: The James F. Ballard Collection of Oriental RugsThis March 2016 exhibition highlights the extraordinary range of Oriental carpets assembled by one of the most important early 20th-century American collectors who set a…

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Exhibition - New Media Series: Alex Prager

New Media Series—Alex Prager: Face in the CrowdThe Saint Louis Art Museum presents Alex Prager: Face in the Crowd, the latest installment in the museum’s New Media Series. In Face in the Crowd, photographer and filmmaker Alex Prager adopts…

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Exhibition - Currents 111: Steven And William Ladd

Currents 111: Steven and William Ladd: Scouts or Sports?Brothers Steven and William Ladd collaborate on large-scale installations grounded in their shared memories of growing up in St. Louis. Their complex, richly crafted and autobiographical works…

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Exhibition - Blow Up

Blow Up: Graphic Abstraction In 1960s DesignBlow-Up: Graphic Abstraction in 1960s Design will explore the emergence of large-scale abstract pattern and form in textiles, fashion, and furnishings of the 1960s, with an emphasis on Finland and Italy as…

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Exhibition - St. Louis Modern

St. Louis ModernSt. Louis Modern explores a dynamic period in our region's history between 1935 and 1965 when St. Louis-based architects, artists, and designers made innovative contributions to midcentury modern design that were embraced here and…

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Exhibition Alex Prager: Face In The Crowd

The Saint Louis Art Museum presents Alex Prager: Face in the Crowd, the latest installment in the museum’s New Media Series. In Alex Prager’s most ambitious film to date, the Los Angeles photographer and filmmaker adopts cinematic conventions to…

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Exhibition - Adorning Self and Space: West African Textiles

The blankets, garments, and cloths highlighted in Adorning Self and Space: West African Textiles demonstrate a captivating array of design and pattern. They were created to comfort and protect, and to proclaim identity, status, and style. The…

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Exhibition - Creatures Great and Small: Animals in Japanese Art

The depiction of animals in Japanese art has a long and fascinating history. Among the most frequently represented are the twelve zodiac animals of China, Korea, and Japan: rat, ox, tiger, hare, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog, and…

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Exhibition - Beyond Bosch: The Afterlife Of A Renaissance Master In Print

The Netherlandish master Hieronymus Bosch (c. 1450−1516) captured the imaginations of his Renaissance patrons with paintings of hellfire and hybrid monsters, and his reputation has only grown since. In the wake of his death, Bosch became nothing…

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Exhibition - Currents 110: Mariam Ghani

Brooklyn-based artist Mariam Ghani creates video and photographic installations that investigate built and natural landscapes, such as Kabul, Afghanistan and Kassel, Germany, which have layered and complicated histories. She adopts an unusually…

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Exhibition - Senufo: Art and Identity In West Africa

Some of the most beloved artistic creations of sub-Saharan Africa, masks, figures, and decorative art labeled as Senufo have been the subject of numerous studies by African, American, and European scholars since the 1930s. The interest in sculpture…

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Exhibition - Calligraphy in Chinese and Japanese Art

In both China and Japan, calligraphy is regarded as the highest form of visual art, even more highly esteemed than painting. This is because the reading and writing of Chinese characters (kanji in Japanese) was expected of members of the imperial…

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Exhibition - Navigating The West: George Caleb Bingham and The River

Bringing together George Caleb Bingham's river paintings and his river-related drawings and prints, this exhibition presents these masterworks in a new light as part of Bingham's larger consideration of the river and life along it.Beyond the genre…

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Exhibition - Thomas Cole's Voyage of Life

Thomas Cole is widely associated with the founding of the Hudson River School of landscape painting, and the Museum's collection includes fine examples of his work in that mode. In this exhibition, visitors will experience Cole's famous The Voyage…

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Exhibition - Nicholas Nixon: 40 Years of The Brown Sisters

Since 1975, the American Nicholas Nixon has been photographing his wife Beverly Brown (Bebe) and her three sisters at annual family get-togethers. What began as a record of family life when the subjects were in their twenties has evolved into one of…

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Exhibition - Vija Celmins: 'Intense Realism'

Printmaking and drawing have been an important part of Vija Celmins's art-making vocabulary throughout her career. This exhibition will include a range of work by the Latvian-born American artist (b. 1938), including an early expressionist-inspired…

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Exhibition - Tragic And Timeless: The Art Of Mark Rothko

Bringing together a group of eight paintings and works on paper from the Saint Louis Art Museum and Switzerland's Beyeler Foundation, this exhibition showcases the entire oeuvre of Mark Rothko and celebrates the diversity of nearly 30 years of…

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Exhibition - Facets Of The Three Jewels

Facets of the Three Jewels: Tibetan Buddhist Art from the Collections of George E. Hibbard and the Saint Louis Art Museum From intricate paintings and sparkling bronzes to specialized ritual objects, the visual culture of Buddhism expresses deep…

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Exhibition - New Media Series Janaina Tschape: The Ocean Within

Across her wide-ranging practice of painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, and video, German/Brazilian artist Janaina Tschäpe investigates observed and imagined views of the landscape, filtered through perception and memory. Her 2013 video, The…

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Exhibition - Sight Lines: Richard Serra's Drawings For Twain

Sight Lines: Richard Serra's Drawings for Twain will highlight a series of drawings and manipulated photographs as well as a steel model related to the large-scale sculpture, Twain, located on the Gateway Mall in downtown Saint Louis. In 1974, Serra…

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Exhibition - Impressionist France: Visions Of Nation From Le Gray To Monet

Travel to France through a ground-breaking exhibition offering a fresh perspective on landscape imagery in 19th century France. The exhibition explores for the first time the rich connections between landscape and national identity during a period…

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Exhibition - Currents 108: Won Ju Lim

Artist Won Ju Lim, this year's Freund Fellow, creates conceptually intriguing large-scale installations incorporating video projections along with sculpture, photography, and drawings. Her work merges an engagement with architecture, the specificity…

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Exhibition - Mother Earth, Father Sky

Mother Earth, Father Sky: Textiles From The Navajo WorldMother Earth, Father Sky: Textiles from the Navajo World presents fourteen historic and contemporary textiles that offer views into the rich tradition and major art form of the Navajo people.…

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Exhibition - Marco Brambilla: Evolution

Mew Media Series—Marco Brambilla: Evolution (Megaplex) Artist and filmmaker Marco Brambilla creates enthralling video installations inspired by iconic characters and scenes from cinematic history. Working with both static images taken from…

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Exhibition - Life Cycles: Isabella Kirkland's Taxa

Isabella Kirkland's Taxa portfolio merges art with the natural sciences to convey a powerful message about the state of the environment in the 21st century. These six inkjet prints share the same thoughtful arrangement and attention to detail that…

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Exhibition - Flowers Of The Four Seasons In Chinese And Japanese Art

China and Japan feature wide-ranging climatic zones and richly diverse flora. As a result, the Chinese and Japanese senses of beauty developed in tandem with ever-changing natural environments—a theme that is explored in Flowers of the Four…

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Exhibition - Anything But Civil: Kara Walker's Vision Of The Old South

This exhibition presents work by Kara Walker, an artist internationally renowned for her black-paper, cut-out silhouettes of the antebellum South. Walker draws on history to create a fictional world that compels her audience to examine the…

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Exhibition - Highlights from the Textile Collection

The William A. and Carolyn C. McDonnell Textile Gallery will reopen in March after a hiatus of almost five years, during which time the gallery was temporarily repurposed to display Ancient American art. The gallery's opening exhibition presents a…

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