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Growing the Permanent Collection for The Baker Museum

Recent acquisitions
Adding to the foundation

The Baker Museum has recently acquired several extraordinary gifts of collections — including Paul and Charlotte Corddry’s 50 works from artists such as Roy Lichtenstein and Robert Motherwell and more than 400 additional works from Olga Hirshhorn’s estate. Additionally, important individual works by artists such as Hans Hofmann and Stanton Macdonald-Wright were generously gifted to the museum.

The museum has continued to build on its commitment to exhibiting its extraordinary collection on an ongoing basis, presenting thoughtfully-curated exhibitions including Subject Matters: Selections from the Permanent Collection (2020-22), Recent Acquisitions: 2019-Present (2022-23) and Three Degrees of Separation: Artistic Connections in the Permanent Collection (2023).

Building upon the extraordinary collection of The Baker Museum is an important component of the Future—Forward campaign that has resonated with the cultural community of Naples. The recent blockbuster Naples Collects 2022-23 exhibition proved that Naples is a community with a substantial number of serious collectors who value the visual arts and patrons who appreciate world-class art.


  Future—Forward Campaign Supporters

Gifts received toward pillar: $9.4 million of the $95+ million committed to the Future—Forward Campaign

With more than 4,000 objects, The Baker Museum’s broad holdings of 20th- and 21st-century art reflect the generosity and commitment of area collectors. The museum’s greatest strength lies in collections of American and Mexican modern art. The collection can also be regarded as one in which European and American modernism are in dialogue with each other. Artis—Naples has built a team of curatorial professionals who have researched the museum’s holdings and established collecting principles to guide this museum into the future.

The foundational elements of the collection — including works by Alexander Calder, Willem de Kooning, Jacob Lawrence, Pablo Picasso, Georgia O’Keeffe, Joan Mitchell and many more — have come from noted collectors. Harry Pollak and Bryna Prensky both cultivated outstanding holdings of Mexican modern art. Music mogul Ahmet Ertegün amassed impeccable collections of early American modernism. Olga Hirshhorn’s Mouse House collection was filled with 20th-century masters, both American and European.

Supporters of this pillar enabled The Baker Museum, as a relatively young museum, to significantly grow its permanent collection and ensure that great art can be exhibited and cared for in perpetuity.

Pictured above: Patrons socialize at an evening event in Norris Garden with the recent acquisition Red Reeds by Dale Chihuly (American, b. 1941). Red Reeds (detail), 2020. Glass, 10 x 43 x 2 feet. Artis—Naples, The Baker Museum. Museum purchase made possible through the generosity of Patty and Jay Baker and Jeanette Montgomery Evert and Herbert P. Evert, 2021.2.1



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