Madison Museum of Contemporary Art

About the Museum


Interior view, Madison Museum of Contemporary Art

Interior, Madison Museum of Contemporary Art

Interior view, Madison Museum of Contemporary Art
Photo: MMoCA

Interior view, Madison Museum of Contemporary Art

Exterior View, Madison Museum of Contemporary Art
Photo: Nicholas Sadowski

Exterior View, Madison Museum of Contemporary Art

Interior view, Madison Museum of Contemporary Art
Photo: Sharon Vanorny

Interior view, Madison Museum of Contemporary Art

Gallery view of Chan Schatz
Interior view, Madison Museum of Contemporary Art
Photo: Sharon Vanorny

Interior view, Madison Museum of Contemporary Art

Gallery view of Zulu Time

Originally established in 1901 as the Madison Art Association, the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art is the city’s old cultural organisation. After a distinguished history exhibiting in borrowed and refurbished spaces, the museum opened its permanent home to the public in 2006, in a building designed by world-renowned architect Cesar Pelli. Its collection of over 5,000 objects includes contemporary art from across the globe and works by some of the most significant American artists of the 20th and 21st centuries. Visitor amenities include a 7,100-sq-foot rooftop sculpture garden, a 230-seat lecture hall, a new media gallery and a study centre for drawings, prints, and photographs.

(Photo: Nicholas Sadowski)

Collection Highlights


Karl Wirsum

Fire Lady or Monk's Key Broad

Claes Oldenburg

Architect's Handkerchief

Jim Nutt

Toot 'n Toe

Hollis Sigler

You Worry About Its Success

Ed Paschke

La Chanteuse
Madison Museum of Contemporary Art: Collection Highlights

Karl Wirsum

Fire Lady or Monk's Key Broad, 1969
acrylic on canvas, 48 in x 35 3/4 in
The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, The Bill McClain Collection of Chicago Imagism

Claes Oldenburg

Architect's Handkerchief, 1997
screenprint and chine collé, 31 1/4 in x 23 1/4 in
The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, gift of Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen

Jim Nutt

Toot 'n Toe, 1969
acrylic on plexiglass, 60 1/4 in x 36 1/8 un
The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, gift of Howard and Judith Tullman

Hollis Sigler

You Worry About Its Success, 1987
oil on canvas, 65 1/2 in x 89 1/2 in
The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, purchased through funds bequeathed by Elizabeth Harris

Ed Paschke

La Chanteuse, 1981
oil on linen, 25 7/8 in x 48 in
The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, purchase through the Rudolph and Louise Langer Fund
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