Recognized by international art critics as a world-class museum in the heart of the Midwest, the
Des Moines Art Center has amassed an important collection with a major emphasis on contemporary art. The collection’s overriding principle is a representation of artists of the 19th and 20th century, each through a seminal work. This accounts for an impressive collection that ranges from Edward Hopper’s Automat to Jasper Johns’ Tennyson, Henri Matisse’s Woman in White, Georgia O’Keeffe’s From the Lake No. 1, and Francis Bacon’s Study after Velásquez’s Portrait of Pope Innocent X.
The Art Center’s physical complex marries with the collection for a totally integrated experience. The collection is housed in three major buildings; each designed by a world-renowned architect – Eliel Saarinen, I. M. Pei, and Richard Meier.
FREE admission supported by Principal Financial Group and Vision Iowa.
To ensure your safety and the preservation of artwork for generations to come, the Art Center asks that visitors observe the following guidelines:
- Please do not touch the works of art.
- Cameras are not allowed in the galleries. Artwork and architecture outside the building may be photographed.
- No food, chewing-gum, or beverages are allowed in the galleries.
- Backpacks, large bags, and umbrellas need to be left in the coatroom or at the Information Desk.
- Please keep cell phone use to a minimum.
- Pencils my be used in the galleries; no pens, markers, or crayons are allowed.
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