Through Dec. 31, 2017
With the generous support of glass industrialist Edward Drummond Libbey and his wife Florence Scott Libbey, the Toledo Museum of Art was founded in 1901. Somewhat unusually for an American museum born in the Gilded Age, TMA was established without a permanent collection (by 1903, the Museum’s collection consisted only of a Dutch 19th-century painting of sheep and an Egyptian mummy of a cat). Rather, what motivated the founders was a strong desire to enrich the community and make Art Education an essential part of the lives of all.
Over the past 116 years, the Museum has remained true to these guiding principles while also building up a world-renowned collection of approximately 23,000 objects. As the collection has grown, our acquisition strategy has remained remarkably consistent: in harmony with our purpose of Art Education, the Museum seeks to acquire works of exceptional quality that represent the best of human artistic output across time and geographic location. As a result, TMA has built exceptionally strong holdings in glass, paintings, sculpture, works on paper, and decorative arts. While the Museum’s collecting philosophy is centered on acquiring singular masterpieces in these areas, it also has a number of smaller, comprehensive “boutique” collections, such as artists’ books, Japanese netsuke, and 20th-century Japanese prints.
Collecting Now: Recent Acquisitions highlights some of the diverse array of works added to the Museum’s collection over the last few years. This installation celebrates these amazing works of art and sheds light on the process through which artworks enter the collection.