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The Exchange at UMMA

Using the Exchange you can explore UMMA's Collections and also discover Learning Resources created by scholars, educators, and other visitors. Create your own virtual exhibitions, presentations, class assignments, image portfolios and personal collections of your favorites, using UMMA objects along with web resources. Use the Collections and Learning Resources created and housed in the Exchange for research, teaching, learning and fun. Keep your creations private or share them with others to enjoy.

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History of the Collection


UMMA’s collections are particularly strong in European art of the Renaissance period to the 19th century, Chinese and Japanese art from antiquity to the 19th century, African art of the 19th and 20th centuries, and American art from the 19th century to the present. Works by Whistler and Picasso, Chinese and Japanese paintings and ceramics, and sculpture from central Africa are among the finest in North America. 

UMMA’s holdings allow for developing installations that highlight key artists and movements, underscore connections between specific cultural moments, philosophical investigations and intellectual and scientific discoveries, and evolving artistic movements.

UMMA was one of the first museums in the U.S. to digitize its collections, allowing it to transcend the traditional barrier of physical location and to afford complete access for research and teaching via the web. 

Today, UMMA continues to add to its permanent collection.

Provenance Research Project

The University of Michigan has embarked on a multi-year project to research its museum and library collections to identify objects that may have been unlawfully appropriated during World War II and to make public information that results from this project.

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