Chazen Museum of Art

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Exhibitions

Every year, the Chazen organizes and presents between ten and twelve temporary exhibitions. These may be drawn from significant areas of the museum's own collection, designed to showcase the work of a notable living regional or national artist, or loaned to the museum from institutions around the world. Faculty and graduate students from UW–Madison or another institution may organize an exhibition in their area of expertise if it pertains to the museum collections or the campus academic programs.

There are three galleries dedicated to temporary exhibitions: the Pleasant T. Rowland Galleries on the first floor, the Leslie and Johanna Garfield Gallery on the second floor, and the Oscar F. and Louise Greiner Mayer Gallery in the Elvehjem building. The balance of exhibit space is dedicated to the Chazen’s permanent collection.

To enrich visitors' experience, the museum offers complementary educational programming including lectures, artist talks, films, receptions, docent tours, family activities, and other special events. Go to the individual exhibition page or the events calendar for more on our current programs.

FACADES: Photographs by Markus Brunetti

September 2 to December 31, 2016

Markus Brunetti photographs the façades of historic cathedrals, churches, and cloisters in minute detail using hundreds or thousands of frames.

Presenting Shakespeare: Posters from Around the World

October 14 to December 11, 2016

Presenting Shakespeare: Posters from Around the World is a selection of international Shakespearean theatrical posters chosen to accompany the Wisconsin showing of the Folger Library’s First Folio: The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare at the Chazen.

First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare

November 3 to December 11, 2016

The University of Wisconsin–Madison has been selected as the host site for the state of Wisconsin for First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare.

Collections

When the Chazen Museum of Art opened in the fall of 1970 as the Elvehjem Art Center, the collection of 1,600 paintings and works on paper had been acquired by the UW–Madison since 1885. Today, there are over 20,000 works of art in the museum's collections. These holdings represent the entire spectrum of art history across culture, period, media, and genre. For more information about our collection visit the main Collections page. You can also search the collection or browse the categories below.

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