Permanent Collection

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Joan Miró

Personage and Birds in Front of the Sun (Personnage et Oiseaux devant le soleil) (detail), 1942

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Sigmar Polke

Untitled, 2007

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Alexander Calder

Red Petals, 1942

MiesStairs for web
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

Main Staircase for The Arts Club of Chicago, 1948 – 41

The Arts Club of Chicago’s collection, acquired from its exhibitions and donated by members and artists, includes works by modern masters: Georges Braque, Alexander Calder, Natalia Goncharova, Paul Klee, Henri Matisse, Joan Miró, Henry Moore, Isamu Noguchi, Francis Picabia, and Pablo Picasso, among others. Recent contemporary acquisitions include Stephan Balkenhol, Malcolm Morley, Paul Thek, Alex Katz, Richard Artschwager, Yayoi Kusama, Peter Doig, and Sigmar Polke. The Arts Club’s second floor and private rooms, in which the majority of the permanent collection is on display, are accessible to the public by appointment only.

Appointments for private tours of the collection—ideal for school groups and tour groups—can be made by contacting The Arts Club office at 312.898.3997 or information@artsclubchicago.org. Private gallery talks on The Arts Club’s current exhibition are also available by appointment.

In conjunction with the opening of its current building at 201 E. Ontario Street, Chicago, in 1997, The Arts Club published a scholarly catalogue, The Arts Club of Chicago: The Collection 1916-1996, edited by former Arts Club President Sophia Shaw. The catalogue includes essays by museum curators and art historians on the works in the collection. The collection catalogue, along with catalogues from current and previous exhibitions, is available in our online store. Catalogues can also be purchased from The Arts Club’s office.