You could spend the next four years getting to know this encyclopedic institution, which owns more than 300,000 artworks and artifacts from all over the world and every era from antiquity to the present. Our favorite pieces include the Japanese prints, fragments of local buildings by Frank Lloyd Wright and the Thorne Miniature Rooms. We’re also in love with Renzo Piano’s light-filled Modern Wing, which is the perfect place to enjoy the Art Institute’s architecture and design collection, modern and contemporary art, and gorgeous views of Millennium Park.
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Presented in conjunction with the "Future Perfect" retrospective, this companion exhibition explores how Moholy-Nagy's experimental tendencies influenced future generations of artists. From abstract images made with photosensitive materials to Polaroids...Photography Until Sunday January 8 2017Read more
"Ink on Paper: Japanese Monochromatic Works"
Before color printing became common in the 1760s, Japanese artists favored monochromatic prints, also known as sumizuri-e, that accentuated their bold designs. This exhibition gathers work by artists like Torii Kiyonobu and Okumura Masanobu, displayed...Prints & editions Until Sunday January 29 2017Read more
"Kemang Wa Lehulere: In All My Wildest Dreams"
Cape Town artist Kemang Wa Lehulere explores what he calls "deleted scenes" of South Africa's history, grappling with racism and social injustice through his drawings, sculptures and installations. "In All My Wildest Dreams" marks Wa Lehulere's first first...Sculpture Until Sunday January 15 2017Read more
"Master Drawings Unveiled: 25 Years of Major Acquisitions"
The Art Institute puts its collection of 17th to mid-20th century drawing on display in its latest exhibition, which includes several pieces that have never been shown publicly. From a beach landscape sketched by Edgar Degas to a pastel drawing by "American...Drawing Until Sunday January 29 2017Read more
"Moholy-Nagy: Future Present"
“Future Present” begins at the end, with a single sculpture formed from Plexiglas and brass rods hanging placidly from the ceiling in the exhibition’s lobby. It’s one of the final pieces that László Moholy-Nagy completed before his death in 1946—a three-dimensional...Mixed media Until Tuesday January 3 2017Read more
"Design Episodes: Form, Style, Language"
Ahead of the Fall 2017 opening of the Art Institute's permanent display of architecture and design works, the museum exhibits examples of postmodern design in the 1970s and ’80s, including colorful pieces by Italian group Memphis and architectural firm...Design Saturday December 17 2016 - Sunday June 25 2017Read more
"Provoke: Photography in Japan between Protest and Performance, 1960–1975"
Though it only published three issues, Tokyo's Provoke magazine produced photography and cultural criticism that was ahead of its time in the late 1960s. This exhibition of postwar photos showcases images from political protests, performances and art...Photography Saturday January 28 2017 - Sunday April 30 2017Read more
"Hélio Oiticica: To Organize Delirium"
Though his career was relatively brief, Brazilian artist Hélio Oiticica made huge contributions to the development of contemporary art, especially in Latin America. "To Organize Delirium" presents a retrospective of his output, filled with the elegant...Installation Saturday February 18 2017 - Sunday May 7 2017Read more
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The Art Institute is the peak of the art scene in Chicago, with a collection so large and deep that it'd be impossible to take even a fraction of it in during a single visit. From its historic pieces of art to the amazing and beautiful Modern Wing, the museum has something for everyone.
The Art Institute of Chicago is one of the best art museums in the world. It's home to some of the most prestigious artworks in history. AIC houses works from the Renaissance period including artist like Nicolas Poussin to more contemporary works by artist like Dawoud Bey. It's most famous for it's Impressionist collection that includes works by Seurat & Renoir but don't overlook it's photography and printmaking collections! AIC is a really fantastic museum and a must for anyone!
The Art Institute is an absolute must for anyone in the city. One, it's a gorgeous building and two, the exhibits are always on point. It's easy to spend an entire afternoon or more, just trying to see everything the Art Institute has to offer.
Whether you're in town temporarily or here for good, you absolutely have to make a stop at the Art Institute. The collections are world-class and so is the collection of lakefront parks just a short walk away. Outside my regular corner bar, this has to be one of the places I frequent the most around town. The permanent exhibits alone would keep me coming back, but the ones that come and go are far and above the best in the Midwest, if not the country.
The Art Institute is easily my favorite art museum in the country. It's big, but not unmanageable like the Met in New York. The buildings, both the Modern Wing and the original structures, are impeccably designed. And most importantly, the collection and exhibitions are top notch. The Art Institute manages to span multiple eras of art—ancient, classicism, modern, contemporary—and present all of them in compelling and easily comprehensible ways.
Who doesn’t love the Art Institute? I could spend an entire day looking through their Modern and Contemporary Art collections and love bringing visitors through to see some of the most iconic works of art. I brought my dad here on his visit and he couldn’t believe how many famous works he could recognize. He hadn’t been to the Art Institute before so he chalked up this sense familiarity to cartoons or movies.
This is one of my favorite places to take visitors, and I might be doing so selfishly because I always want to go and see what's new. Right now they've got the Charles Ray exhibit up, and it is nothing short of inspiring. You could spend a day at the Art Institute and still not see everything.