Museum acquisitions

SFMoMA acquires its first NFT, a work by tech art pioneer Lynn Hershman Leeson

The museum is one of the most prominent to date to acquire a blockchain-backed digital artwork for its permanent collection

New York's Frick Collection acquires its first-ever Renaissance portrait of a woman

According to the museum, the portrait by Giovanni Battista Moroni is “the most significant Italian Renaissance painting” it has acquired in more than half a century

Three US museums win prize to fund acquisitions at Expo Chicago fair

Museums in Seattle, St Louis and St Petersburg will make purchases at the Chicago fair next year thanks to the Northern Trust Purchase Prize

Art equity is still a long way off in US institutions, new study reveals

Extensive new research across 31 US museums reveals that works by female artists make up just 11% of acquisitions, while Black American artists of all genders account for only 6.3% of exhibitions

Little progress is being made in diversifying US museum acquisitions, report preview finds

Data from the Burns Halperin Report 2022, published 13 December, shows the limited purchasing power of museums and how much they rely on donors to shape their collections

Acquisitions round-up: National Museum of Women in the Arts receives bequest of more than 60 works

Our pick of the latest gifts and purchases to enter institutional collections worldwide

The first major ‘pandemic art’ comes to the Whitney Museum

Meriem Bennani and Orian Barki’s eight-part film "2 Lizards" was acquired by the Whitney and the Museum of Modern Art in 2021

Brazil turns 200—and its National Museum rises from the ashes

Plus, the £50m Joshua Reynolds painting and Michael Heizer’s City

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Jewel box museum of Old Master artworks reopens in San Diego

The Timken Museum of Art, the only museum with a Rembrandt on public display in San Diego, underwent a major two-year renovation

Princeton Museum acquires rare work by Pre-Raphaelite painter Rebecca Solomon

The museum acquired “A Young Teacher” at a recent Sotheby’s auction, where it sold for more than ten times its high estimate

MoMA and the Neue Galerie jointly acquire a Käthe Kollwitz self-portrait

The Museum of Modern Art plans to hold a major exhibition of the German artist’s work in the near future

New York’s Hispanic Society reveals ten new acquisitions, including portrait of Goya and set of Orozco drawings

The José Clemente Orozco will go on show at the Hispanic Society Museum & Library in early 2023 as part of a show about the famed Mexican muralist

Collector Budi Tek donates contemporary Chinese works to Lacma, including Ai Weiwei's Zodiac Heads

The seven pieces, the first Tek has donated since forming a partnership with the Los Angeles institution in 2018, are featured in a current exhibition

SFMoMA receives gift of 350 works and $10m bequest from late American trustees

The donation includes works by Marcel Duchamp, Jeff Koons, Ai Weiwei and others from the collection of the late philanthropists Norah and Norman Stone

How Nari Ward’s hearse installation went from the Whitney Biennial to a permanent home (with a detour via partial destruction)

Ward re-created the funerary work in 2020, decades after a standout debut at the Whitney Biennial; it has now been acquired by the Baltimore Museum of Art

New York’s Metropolitan Museum buys four extremely rare Van Gogh prints

Vincent wanted to sell the set for under a dollar as “art for the people”—the museum will have paid several million

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Faith Ringgold mural will be transferred from women’s prison to the Brooklyn Museum

The work, dedicated to incarcerated women on Rikers Island, was completed in 1972 and was once almost completely destroyed

Priceless literary manuscripts once thought lost are acquired by British library consortium

The privately owned Honresfield Library, which includes manuscripts by the Brontës, Jane Austen and Walter Scott, was due to be scattered to global buyers at a Sotheby's auction before a British consortium stepped in

Lacma acquires 60 works with a focus on Black representation

Among the works joining the museum’s collection are paintings by Amy Sherald and Kehinde Wiley as well as a self-portrait by an artist who worked as a preparator at Lacma for decades

Boston College museum receives $25m in art and grants from philanthropist Peter Lynch

The McMullen Museum of Art is gaining works by Winslow Homer, Mary Cassatt, Childe Hassam, Albert Bierstadt, and others

‘We had to give it our best shot’: inside the Getty’s record-setting Caillebotte acquisition

The Los Angeles museum’s first Caillebotte fills a major gap in its telling of the history of Impressionism