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 […]