Collections Overview

Saarinen Urn

Cranbrook Art Museum Collection

Cranbrook Art Museum’s collections document outstanding examples of art, architecture and design from the 20th and 21st centuries, with a special interest in recognizing the history and innovations of Cranbrook and the achievements of its artists.

Collections Wing

In 2011, Cranbrook Art Museum completed a two-year, $22 million construction project that included a complete renovation of the 1942 Eliel Saarinen-designed Museum and also added a new 30,000-square-foot, state-of-art Collections Wing.

The Collections Wing makes accessible the Museum’s permanent collection of over 6,500 works of art, architecture, and design from the Arts and Crafts Movement to the present. This open display is transformational, allowing students, academics, and artists easy access to decades of modern and contemporary works. Cranbrook Educational Community’s extensive Archives and Cultural Properties collections are also housed in the facility.

The Museum’s collection of art and objects includes sculpture, paintings, models and drawings, ceramics, glass, furniture, textiles, and metalwork, and it is renowned for its variety – with the decorative, applied, and fine arts all represented–its depth, and its unrivaled quality. Among the many treasures owned by Cranbrook Art Museum are works by Agnes Martin, Donald Judd, Bridget Riley, Robert Rauschenberg, Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, Maija Grotell, Peter Voulkos, Eliel, Eero, Loja and Pipsan Saarinen, Harry Bertoia, Florence Knoll, Marianne Strengell, Marshall Fredericks, Carl Milles, Arthur Neville Kirk, Paul Manship, and William Morris.

The new Collections Wing is located to the northeast of the historic Saarinen Museum and houses the new, visible collections spaces, a woodshop, photography studio, loading dock, and a 10’x15′ freight elevator to facilitate the transport of artworks within the building. A seminar/conference space is intended for focused instruction regarding the collection. The SmithGroup JJR, through their office in Detroit, was the architect for both the restoration and the new building.

Also unique to the facility is a series of 12-foot high zinc-clad steel panels that enclose the Collections Wing’s service court. The panels act as a counterpoint to the lead-coated copper panels on the red brick 2002 New Studios Building, designed by noted Spanish architect, Rafael Moneo.

In addition to serving as a resource for academics, public tours of the Collections Wing are offered at 1pm every Friday, year-round.