Permanent Collection Galleries
Gallery of the Art of the Western World, first floor
The West before 1800
The masterpieces on display are products of European culture at first united by the Roman Catholic faith, later divided by differing beliefs, and finally, during the age of Enlightenment, dominated by a rationalism that did not entirely eclipse religion. The collection includes Renaissance triptychs and furnishings, a rare set of carved and painted relief panels from France, medieval stone sculptures, and decorative arts including ceramics and medals.
The West after 1800
The history of nineteenth- and twentieth-century art is largely a history of styles and movements, and the modern collection at the Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art at Indiana University brings together major examples of painting and sculpture that elucidate this history, including important works by Picasso, Pollock, and Beckmann. The collection has particular strengths in nineteenth-century American painting, German expressionism, French painting of the 1920s through the 1940s, modern sculpture, and works on paper.
Gallery of the Art of Asia and the Ancient Western World, second floor
The Asian collection at the Eskenazi Museum of Art covers a period of time from the second millennium BCE to the present, and a geographic area from the Arabian Peninsula to Japan and from the central and southern Asian countries of Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India, to Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam in the southeast. The vast continent of Asia is home to a wide array of peoples, languages, cultures, religions, customs, and histories; this diversity is reflected in the collection.
Ancient Western World
The ancient masterworks on view in the permanent collection gallery range in date from the third millennium BCE to the third century CE. They represent cultures from a vast area that encompasses Egypt and the Near East, including Mesopotamia (Iraq), Persia (Iran), Anatolia (Turkey), and the Levant (eastern coast of the Mediterranean Sea: Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Israel and Palestine); as well as Ancient Italy, the Ancient Aegean, and the classical world of the Greeks and Romans.
Raymond and Laura Wielgus Gallery of the Arts of Africa, the South Pacific, and the Americas, third floor
The Eskenazi Museum of Art’s sub-Saharan African collection is considered to be among the best in the country. The collection, which emphasizes the human form in outstanding examples of figures and masks, also includes many fine examples of non-figural forms of African art, such as textiles, jewelry, and ceramics.
The Pre-Columbian Americas
Pre-Columbian art, also sometimes called art of the ancient Americas, refers to artworks from the Americas before the coming of the Europeans in the sixteenth century. The museum’s Pre-Columbian collection, though relatively small, includes outstanding examples of works from the major cultures of Mesoamerica (the area from northern Mexico to the Gulf of Nicoya in Costa Rica) and Peru, and a sampling of objects from the Intermediate Area, the region between Mesoamerica and Peru.
The South Pacific
The islands of the South Pacific, also called Oceania, can be broadly divided into the regions of Polynesia, Melanesia, Micronesia, Australia, and Indonesia. Of those, Polynesia and Melanesia are best represented in the Eskenazi Museum of Art by strong collections that highlight most of the major art-producing areas. Micronesia and Australia are represented by smaller collections, as are the indigenous peoples of the Indonesian archipelago.