Art Institute of Chicago


The Art Institute of Chicago is one of the great art museums of the world. It presents a collection spanning across 5,000 years of artistic expression. The institute provides a year-round schedule of exhibitions, which include

  • Paintings,
  • Prints and drawings,
  • Sculptures,
  • Photographs,
  • Video,
  • Textiles and architectural drawings.

The Art Institute of Chicago also presents

  • Programs-lectures,
  • Workshops,
  • Performances,
  • Symposia, Travel or courses every day.

In 2004, the Association of Art Museum Directors published a report on guidelines for developing archaeological materials and ancient art. The Board of Trustees of the Art Institute of Chicago accepted the report and adopted these guidelines as policy.The Art Institute of Chicago has a unique collection of art products from different part of the world. Some of them are discussed below:

African Collection:

The African collection sports noteworthy works of wood sculpture, masks, ceramics, furniture, textiles, and beadwork. These works are primarily from west and central Africa, with smaller holdings from north, east and southern Africa.

American Collection:

The collection of American Art includes more than 1,000 paintings and sculptures from the 18th century to 1950. It also holds nearly 2,500 decorative art objects. The department holds also notable pieces of furniture and silver from the colonial period. The Art Institute of Chicago exhibits important paintings by Winslow Homer, John Singer Sargent, Mary Cassatt, and truly iconic works by Georgia O'Keeffe, Grant Wood, and Edward Hopper. The department also contains notable work by some of the famous Mexican artists.

Asian Collection:

The Art Institute of Chicago’s Asian collection consist works spanning nearly five millennia from China, Korea, Japan, India, southwest Asia, and the near and Middle East. It includes 35,000 objects of great archaeological and artistic significance. The Asian collection of Art Institute of Chicago includes

  • Chinese bronzes,
  • Ceramics, and archaic jades,
  • Chinese and Japanese textiles,
  • Japanese screens and paintings,
  • Indian and Persian miniature paintings, and
  • Indian and Southeast Asian sculpture.

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