Permanent Collection

At the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, you will find works by modern and contemporary artists from around the world. Since the Kemper Museum's opening in 1994, its permanent collection has more than tripled. Works in the collection range from those created after the 1913 Armory Show, an important benchmark in modern art, to the present. At the core of the Museum's permanent collection is the Bebe and Crosby Kemper Collection, composed of gifts from the Museum's founders R. Crosby Kemper and Bebe Kemper, as well as several of the Kemper Foundations.

The online Permanent Collection seeks to give viewers an expanded view of the entirety of the Permanent Collection, provide a broader context for works being shown in current exhibitions, and features works that identify with current stories in the international concious. Kemper Museum staff will partner each month in selecting 20–30 works from the collection to debut each month.

Permanent Collection artists include Polly Apfelbaum, Arthur Dove, Louise Bourgeois, Dale Chihuly, Damien Hirst, Andrew Wyeth, Fairfield Porter, Georgia O'Keeffe, Frank Stella, Romare Bearden, Robert Mapplethorpe, Kojo Griffin, Matthew Ritchie, Wayne Thiebaud, Petah Coyne, Tom Otterness, and Hung Liu. The Museum rotates its collection on a regular basis, allowing visitors to study and discover new works throughout the year.

June Ahrens
Barry Anderson
David Bates
Romare Bearden
Romare Bearden
Ed Blackburn