The soul of this museum is its spacious wing dedicated to Modern American artists like Rothko, de Kooning, Pollock and their ... More
Baltimore Museum of Art
The soul of this museum is its spacious wing dedicated to Modern American artists like Rothko, de Kooning, Pollock and their contemporaries. The museum has the second largest private collection of Andy Warhol's works. It also features Oceanic and American Indian art, a sizable Old Masters collection and a beautiful sculpture garden. The BMA is also home to the Cone collection, which is a treasury of Early Modern masterpieces.
I was fortunate to have lived in the area of the museum all of my growing up years. In 1957, Baltimore was a gentler city. Children were given more freedom and that allowed me to go to the Baltimore Museum of Art almost every day. I knew nothing about the art displayed there, nor the artists who created these pieces. What I can tell you is that I can remember the different exhibits as if it were yesterday. It was culture at its finest. Often I would visit because of the coolness after playing in the heat of Wyman Park.
My favorite exhibit was the mummy encased in a glass top casket. She was kept on the lower level. There was a niche containing a room laid out in a particular period. How different this was from how we lived. Then, there was the room which held paintings of horses. I believe they were all Preakness winners. They were gorgeous animals.
I just gave my opinion as an 11-year-old. Imagine the things you will see as an adult.
The Matisse collection is superb, there are also several Monets and Picassos. The contemporary wing is super including several Wharhols, including his Last Super. This museum has to be one of the best kept secrets around because there were hardly any visitors on Labor Day 2006.
This was such a great trip! There were pieces by Picasso, Matisse, Renoir, Andy Warhol, Jeff Koones, and there are so many amazing installations and sculptures. Some pieces take up a large portion of the room. According to their website, you can take pictures of some pieces -not all- but it would be worth it to take a camera for some of the artwork. If you are remotely interested in art, you should definitely visit the Baltimore Museum of Art.
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