Vive la France!

The BMA has recently added this stunning pair of candlesticks to its permanent collection. Made in 1872, the candlesticks reflect the 19th-century interest in past cultures and styles and the unique way in which stylistic elements came together during this period to create an eclectic array of objects that were a testament to new consumer […]

Recent Acquisitions: Pure Abstraction

Werner and Sarah-Ann (Wynn and Sally) Kramarsky have been collectors, curators, and collaborators in the realm of Post-Minimalist and Conceptual art for decades. After amassing a large collection, they opened an exhibition space in New York’s SoHo in 1992 where they showed works by both well-known and emerging artists. They also anonymously loaned works to […]

Recent Acquisitions: Sunita, Sita, and Nirmala

The three girls seen in this photograph, Sunita, Sita, and Nirmala, were participants in Balika Mela, a fair for young girls held annually in the Lunkaransar block of Rajasthan, India. Balika Mela calls attention to the severe disadvantages girls face in the region, while also empowering participants to find their own voice to take a […]

The Samurai Spirit

The Museum has just acquired an outstanding collection of Japanese samurai material, which has been on loan and on view at the BMA for many years. As one of the most popular displays in the Japanese galleries, we are delighted that it is now part of the permanent collection. The history of the samurai is […]

Our Common Ground

Founded in 1951 as a department of the city of Birmingham, the Museum of Art was subject to the same Jim Crow laws that variously established “separate but equal” accommodations for blacks, or excluded them entirely. During the 1950s and early 1960s, African Americans were only allowed to visit the Museum on Tuesdays or “Negro […]

A Christenberry Collection

The Museum actively collects the work of Alabama artists, and expanding the depth in our holdings of works by William Christenberry has been a longtime strategy. Born in 1936, Christenberry grew up in Tuscaloosa, spending his summers with his grandparents in Hale County, and receiving his undergraduate and graduate degrees in art from the University […]

Spotlight on the Collection: September 2016

  Who knew painted wood could look so real? But then, this was exactly the point. At the time this sculpture was made, artists aimed for the greatest possible lifelikeness. Most depicted Christ, his mother, and the Saints and were keen to show their suffering in the most realistic fashion. The viewer was to be […]

What’s Up at the BMA: The Legend of Zelda

One visit to the BMA is never enough! That’s because a mere 12% of the Museum’s collection of 27,000 objects is on view at any given time. Our curators and preparators are constantly working to rotate and refresh our gallery spaces so that each time you’re here, you’ll see something new. Thanks to the generosity of longtime […]

This Day in History

This painting—Sinking of the Rebel Cruiser Alabama by the U.S.S. Kearsage—depicts the Battle of Cherbourg, a fight between Union and Confederate forces that occurred off the coast of France on June 19, 1864, during the Civil War, exactly 152 years ago. The two ships exchanged fire for over an hour, watched by more than 15,000 […]

Behind The Scenes: Shiva Has Landed!

On Monday, January 25, the Museum geared up for one very special delivery: the newest addition to the Red Mountain Garden Club Memorial Sculpture Garden. The sculpture, Shiva Nataraja (Lord of Dance), is a contemporary Indian piece donated to the Museum through funds given by Dora and Sanjay Singh. Shiva, the Auspicious One, is shown here as […]