The HBS Art Collection & Program consists of over 1,000 original works and serves as a key teaching and learning resource for the HBS community. The Collection is especially remarkable in terms of its international, global scope and diversity, and contains many works in a wide range of media by modern and contemporary artists. Many works in the Collection have direct ties to archival collections in Baker Library and the collecting efforts of the HBS Business Historical Society.
Highlights of the HBS Art Collection include a 4th-century AD Roman mosaic, marine paintings by Fitz Henry Lane and James Buttersworth; 19th-century landscape paintings by Thomas Doughty and Alvan Fisher; a group of Currier and Ives hand-colored lithographs; portraits of HBS Deans and other historical figures with connections to the School; tapestries and prints by Joan Miró; prints by Alexander Calder, Jean Dubuffet, Helen Frankenthaler, and Roy Lichtenstein; contemporary sculptures by Joel Shapiro, Mary Frank, and Jaume Plensa; mixed media works by Radcliffe Bailey, Whitfield Lovell, Nam June Paik, and Doris Salcedo; and photographs by Marina Abramovic, Robert Mapplethorpe, Vik Muniz, Lorraine O'Grady, Martha Rosler, Larry Sultan, Carrie Mae Weems, and David Wojnarowicz.
The Schwartz Art Collection forms a significant portion of the contemporary art collection at HBS and consists of over 300 objects. It is displayed throughout the campus to inspire students to think creatively and incorporate art into their lives. Nearly every continent and over thirty countries are represented in this diverse collection that contains many works by Black, Asian, Indigenous, Hispanic, Latinx, LGBTQ, and women artists.
The C. Ludens Ringnes Sculpture Collection was established in 2018 through the generosity of Christian Ringnes during the Harvard Business School Campaign. This gift enables the acquisition of contemporary sculpture and supports the School's public sculpture loan exhibition program. These permanent and temporary works enrich the experiences of all who reside on and visit the HBS community, and serve as a catalyst for discussion. Click here for a downloadable map of the sculpture currently on view on campus.
The Stamps Reading Room in Baker Library also houses the HBS Art & Artifacts Book Collection, which contains books about artists that are represented in the HBS Art & Artifacts Collection, including artists who have works in the Schwartz Art Collection, as well as artists who have been featured in exhibitions and in the contemporary sculpture program at HBS.