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 Permanent Collection of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

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, a gift by the Museum's founder R. Crosby Kemper and his wife Bebe Kemper, and the Kemper Foundations.

Visitors to the Kemper Museum discover works in all media by renowned modern and contemporary artists as well as works by emerging artists. Permanent Collection artists include Polly Apfelbaum, Arthur Dove, Louise Bourgeois, Dale Chihuly, Damien Hirst, Andrew Wyeth, Fairfield Porter, Georgia O'Keeffe, Frank Stella, Lesley Dill, Romare Bearden, Christian Boltanski, Robert Mapplethorpe, Nikki S. Lee, 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.


Below is a small sampling of artists and works in the permanent collection:

Lisa Sanditz, SubTropolis, 2006, acrylic on canvas,
Bebe and Crosby Kemper Collection, 2006.18

Tina Barney
The Bridesmaids in Pink, 1995
Morris Louis
Beth Rash, 1958–59
Romare Bearden
Family, 1971
Joan Mitchell
Untitled, 1959–60
Louise Bourgeois
Spider, 1997
Georgia O'Keeffe
Yellow Jonquils #3, 1936
Dale Chihuly
Campiello del Remer, Ireland, 1996
Tom Otterness
Crying Giant, 2002
Helen Frankenthaler
Coral Wedge, 1972
Roger Shimomura
Untitled, 1984
Alex Katz
Coleman Pond II, 1995
Frank Stella
The Prophet (D16, 2X), 1990
Hung Liu
Mu Nu (Mother and Daughter), 1997
Andrew Wyeth
Man and the Moon, 1990