Memphis Brooks Museum of Art

Memphis Brooks Museum of Art

About the Museum


African Gallery

Interior, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art

African Gallery
© Kevin Barre Photography, Photo: Memphis Brooks Museum of Art

African Gallery

Exterior View, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art
© Kevin Barre Photography

Exterior View, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art

Contemporary Gallery - Memphis Brooks Museum of Art
© Kevin Barre Photography

Contemporary Gallery - Memphis Brooks Museum of Art

Visitors viewing a traveling exhibition
Photo: Memphis Brooks Museum of Art

Visitors viewing a traveling exhibition

Established in 1914 and opened in 1916, with a generous donation by Bessie Vance Brooks, today the collection stands at over 10,000 works. The original Beaux Arts style building was designed by James Gamble Rogers but has since been expanded several times, the most recent being in 1989. The collection includes works dating from antiquity up until the present day and presents a well-rounded survey of European and American art as well as a selection of African and Pre-Columbian works. Some of the collections’ most notable works include pieces as diverse as Nam June Paik’s Vide-O-belisk, Winslow Homer’s Reading by the Brook, and Canaletto’s The Grand Canal from Campo di San Vio.

(Photo: © Kevin Barre Photography)

Collection Highlights


Winslow Homer

Reading by the Brook

Romanino

The Mystic Marriage of St. Catherine

Canaletto

The Grand Canal from Campo di San Vio

Marisol

The Family

Nam June Paik

Vide-O-belisk
Memphis Brooks Museum of Art: Collection Highlights

Winslow Homer

Reading by the Brook, 1879
oil on canvas
Memphis Park Commission purchase. Memphis Brooks Museum of Art 43.22; Courtesy of Memphis Brooks Museum of Art

Romanino

The Mystic Marriage of St. Catherine, c.1540
oil on canvas
Gift of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation. Memphis Brooks Museum of Art 61.202; Courtesy of Memphis Brooks Museum of Art

Canaletto

The Grand Canal from Campo di San Vio, 1730-1735
oil on canvas
Gift of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation. Memphis Brooks Museum of Art 61.216; Courtesy of Memphis Brooks Museum of Art

Marisol

The Family, 1969
mixed media: wood, plastic, neon, glass
Commissioned for Brooks Memorial Art Gallery through a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and matching funds from the Memphis Arts Council, Brooks Fine Arts Foundation and Brooks Art Gallery League 69.5a-d; Courtesy of Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. © Marisol

Nam June Paik

Vide-O-belisk, 2002
vintage television cabinets, neon elements, and video
Commissioned by the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art; funds provided by the Morrie A. Moss Acquisition Fund, the Hohenberg Foundation, Wil and Sally Hergenrader, and the Bodine Company. Memphis Brooks Museum of Art 2002.4; Courtesy of Memphis Brooks Museum of Art

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