Here, in an extraordinary place is an extraordinary collection of art. From the Rubens Galleries to the Turrell Skyspace, view the permanent collection’s treasures, the fascinating exhibitions from around the world and the classical sculptures that fill the grand courtyard. The State Art Museum of Florida, this awe-inspiring palace was originally built by famed circus impresario John Ringling as a legacy to the citizens of Florida. This is a place of beauty and wonder.
The Ringling is in the process of reinstalling the Museum of Art’s original 21 galleries. Hundreds of works of art from The Ringling’s permanent collection will be examined, interpreted, and arranged in new ways. As the reinstallation project progresses, certain galleries may close temporarily and objects may be removed from the galleries where they are normally displayed.
The Searing Wing opened in 2007 and houses a series of galleries used for special exhibitions and rotating displays of Modern and Contemporary Art, including photographs and works on paper. These galleries surround a courtyard with a Skyspace created by artist James Turrell, aptly titled Joseph's Coat. Throughout the day, the Skyspace is a gathering place for contemplation. At sunset, a sophisticated system of LED lights is employed to change the color of the space. In doing so, the artist changes the context in which you view the sky and can radically change your perception of the color of the sky and its spatial relation to you.
The Museum of Art includes a Center for Asian Art and the Dr. Helga Wall-Apelt Gallery of Asian Art. The 25,000-square-foot Center includes galleries dedicated to rotating installations of The Ringling’s Asian art holdings, a 125-seat lecture hall, an object and print study room, and open storage spaces to increase public access to the collections.
In November 2016, the Keith D. and Linda L. Monda Gallery of Contemporary Art will open and The Ringling will unveil an installation of selections from its collection of modern and contemporary art. Two galleries will be devoted to artists working in the 20th and 21st centuries. Many of these pieces have been acquired over the past five years from major exhibitions associated with The Ringling’s Art of Our Time initiative as well as through generous contributions from donors. Art of Our Time presents and commissions new works by emerging and mid-career contemporary artists in the visual and performance fields whose work transcends traditional barriers. This installation will present art in several media, highlighting not only the diversity of the collection but also the field of contemporary art.