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Mission and History



The Art Institute of Chicago shares its singular collections with our city and the world. We collect, care for, and interpret works of art across time, cultures, geographies, and identities, centering the vision of artists and makers. We recognize that all art is made in a particular context, demanding continual, dynamic reconsideration in the present. We are a place of gathering; we foster the exchange of ideas and inspire an expansive, inclusive understanding of human creativity. 

A young woman stands alone in a gallery filled with large-scale Renaissance and Baroque paintings, gazing up the largest work showing a woman in a lush blue dress ascending toward heaven.


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