Claude Monet Paintings in Museums and Galleries Worldwide
Cleveland Museum of Art - Ohio, USA
Located in Cleveland's University Circle, the Cleveland Museum of Art has a permanent collection of more than 40,000 objects in 70 galleries. Established in 1913, the renowned museum is well known for its collections of Pre-Columbian, medieval European, and Asian art. It is also home to a large art research library, performance spaces, and a restaurant. The museum is often host to concerts, films, and lectures. General Admission is free to the public.
The Museum's main building (designed by Hubbell and Benes) was constructed in 1916, and was expanded in 1958, in 1971 (designed by Marcel Breuer) and in 1983. Construction of a new addition designed by Rafael Viñoly is underway, with a goal of completion in 2010. The Museum is currently closed (from January 2006, planned to partially reopen in July 2006) to facilitate the renovation and expansion project.
The Museum's large cast of Rodin's The Thinker has a unique but troubled history. Partially destroyed in an act of vandalism by a protester in 1970, the statue was left unrestored due to the close involvement of the artist in its original casting. The damaged statue is now considered to be interesting commentary on The Thinker which was originally paired with the artist's The Gates of Hell.
In June 2004, the Museum acquired an ancient bronze sculpture of Apollo Sauroktonos, believed to be an original work by Praxiteles of Athens. The Museum continues to study the dating and attribution of the sculpture.