The Santa Barbara Museum of Art’s mission is clear: “integrate art into the lives of people.” A This storied hub of Santa Barbara culture lives up to its goals through an exceptional collection of works from around the world, spanning thousands of years
Bringing creativity to the city for over half a century, it’s safe to say that the Santa Barbara Museum of Art has played a role in developing the imaginative spirit that rings throughout the area, from the gallery dense Funk Zone to downtown where the SBMA, a refurbished post office, sits.
Today the museum consists of 60,000 square feet of galleries, exhibition spaces, a library and cafe. At the center of it all, the work shown continues to bring steady crowds here year after year.
Visions of Modernity: 20th-Century Japanese Woodblock Prints looks at the early 20th century revolution in Pacific artistry when Western technology and cultural influence led to unprecedented uses of linear perspective and photo realism in Japanese art. Degas to Chagall: Important Loans from the Armand Hammer Foundation is an extended borrow from the aforementioned doctor’s revered collection of French Impressionism and Post-Impressionism paintings. Complete with works by Edgar Degas and Auguste Renoir among others, the batch is well worth a good look.
The Santa Barbara Museum of Art carries the largest collection of Monet paintings on the west coast. They also own the only intact mural in the country by iconic Mexican social realist painter David Alfaro Siqueiros.
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