An Expanded Collection

Strengthening a Collection That Inspires, Educates, and Entertains

Images from left: Jackson Pollock, Black and White (Number 6), 1951; enamel on canvas; 56 x 45 in.; Promised gift of Helen and Charles Schwab; © 2011 Pollock-Krasner Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Andy Warhol, Triple Elvis, 1963; silkscreen ink and spray paint on linen; The Doris and Donald Fisher Collection at SFMOMA; © Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts/ARS, New York; photo: courtesy Gagosian Gallery, New York. Shomei Tomatsu, Japan World Exposition, Osaka, 1970; dye transfer print; 10 3/8 in. x 15 1/2 in.; Promised gift of Randi and Bob Fisher; © Shomei Tomatsu

Our extraordinary collection of modern and contemporary art is the heart of SFMOMA. With more than 29,000 artworks, we are building definitive collections in painting and sculpture, photography, architecture and design, and media arts, including significant examples of the art of the Bay Area and California. The SFMOMA collection is internationally recognized and continues to grow.

The addition of the Doris and Donald Fisher Collection, one of the greatest private collections of contemporary art in the world, is the catalyst for the expansion of SFMOMA. The Collections Campaign, launched to help commemorate the museum's 75th anniversary in 2010, continues to attract significant additions in SFMOMA's key areas of concentration. When the campaign was announced publicly in 2011, more than 195 works of art by major artists of our time — including Francis Bacon, Willem de Kooning, Jasper Johns, Jackson Pollock, Robert Rauschenberg, Gerhard Richter, and David Smith, to name a few — had already been given or committed to SFMOMA. The campaign will also add important depth to the museum's already impressive holdings of 20th-century American and Japanese photography, with promised gifts of 473 photographs announced in 2012.

Since 1995 SFMOMA has added more than 13,000 works to its collection, 90 percent of which were donated. Even by conservative standards, SFMOMA's new acquisitions would represent astonishing financial value. But beyond monetary measurements, the true value of the museum's expanded collection is in elevating SFMOMA's position as a destination and place of discovery. The museum is becoming the place to experience some of the great artists of the second half of the 20th century in extraordinary depth.

As our collections grow through these generous gifts to the museum, we will also invest to strengthen our research, our curatorial staff, and our ability to present and share our collection. This distinctive experience for our visitors will include a renewed commitment to innovative exhibitions.

The result: SFMOMA will become a "must see" attraction for visitors to San Francisco and a museum that simply must be visited if one is to understand the art of our time.

Learn about supporting SFMOMA's transformation. Or contact the Development Office at 415.357.4080.