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Begin the Beguine

Max Beckmann
German, l884–1950
Begin the Beguine, 1946
Oil on canvas
Museum purchase, 1948/1.103


UMMA Collections

Modern & Contemporary Art

The collection of modern and contemporary art at UMMA covers the whole of the twentieth century and extends up to the present day. Early modern masters such as Pablo Picasso and Juan Gris introduce Cubism to viewers, and movements such as Surrealism, German Expressionism, and Abstract Expressionism are also well represented. UMMA’s art holdings produced during the latter half of the twentieth century include masterpieces by Franz Kline, Helen Frankenthaler, Josef Albers, Richard Diebenkorn, and David Smith. More recent work by artists such as Christian Boltanski, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Candida Höfer, Sally Mann, and Kara Walker bring UMMA’s collections up to the present day. Across a spectrum of media, the modern and contemporary collections at UMMA demonstrate the brilliant and wide-ranging artistic output of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

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