The development of a permanent collection began a new era for the ICA.

To provide our visitors with broader and more lasting experiences, the ICA made the pivotal decision in 2000 to start collecting. The core of the museum's collection is work by contemporary artists featured in ICA exhibitions, many at seminal moments in their careers. A diverse overview of national and international artworks in a range of styles and media, the collection represents the very best art being made today and provides an important resource for contemporary culture in Boston.

Approximately every 12 months, the ICA presents a rotating exhibition of works from our collection in the Kim and Jim Pallotta Gallery. 

In December 2014, the ICA announced its acquisition of the Barbara Lee Collection of Art by Women--the largest gift of art ever made to the museum. Comprised of 43 works by 25 artists, the Collection represents three decades of collecting by political activist and philanthropist Barbara Lee, and brings together painting, sculpture, and photography by iconic modern and contemporary artists whose work and ideas have changed the course of art history.

View an online gallery of Collection highlights


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