The new main structure of the Seattle Art Museum, located in the heart of the downtown area, houses the bulk of the Institution’s collection. The European collection includes Ancient Mediterranean works, items of decorative arts and design, as well as classics by old masters, from the Renaissance through to the Impressionist period. Noteworthy works include pieces from Peter Paul Rubens, Albrecht Dürer, Henri Matisse, and many more.
Works in the Americas collection include not only a robust collection of items from painters like John Singleton Copley and Winslow Homer, as well as an abundance of items from painters in the Pacific Northwest, but also Native American, Central and South American works dating back thousands of years. These include Mayan, Mexican and Peruvian pieces, among many others.
The Africa Collection spans art from hundreds of years ago to as recently as the past decade, showcasing the juxtaposition of themes which recur through the centuries against the ever-evolving nature of the art. The Museum also has a growing collection of Australian Aboriginal Art from the 1990s and onward. With pieces dating back to the early ninth century, the Islamic collection spans centuries of history of the Islamic world.
Other collections include the Oceanic Collection, with works from Easter Island, New Guinea, and the surrounding areas, as well as Modern and Contemporary Art. Notable artists in this collection include Jackson Pollock, Carl Andre, Jenny Holzer, among many others. In addition to the pieces in the permanent collection, SAM also hosts temporary exhibitions, which change periodically. Such events can include fashion exhibitions, art from specific time periods, or a focus on a specific place or medium.
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