Chazen Museum of Art

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Welcome to the Chazen

The Chazen Museum of Art is a Madison treasure, presenting a significant permanent collection, compelling temporary exhibitions, and innovative programming. The Chazen is home to the second-largest collection of art in Wisconsin: more than 20,000 works include paintings, sculpture, drawings, prints, photographs, and decorative arts. The permanent collection covers diverse historical periods, cultures, and geographic locations, from ancient Greece, Western Europe, and the Soviet Empire, to Moghul India, eighteenth-century Japan, and modern Africa. The collection continues to grow thanks to artwork donations and purchases.

The museum also presents frequent temporary exhibitions that highlight the collection or are borrowed from other museums, broadening the offerings to visitors. These temporary exhibitions may be local, national, or international, contemporary or historical in scope.

As a state educational resource, the Chazen offers tours, talks by artists and scholars, and other educational programs and outreach for schoolchildren, college students, and art lovers of all ages. Special events include exhibition receptions, family days, gallery nights, and Sunday Cinematheque at the Chazen. These offerings are free and open to the public.