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 CE Roman mosaic, marine paintings by James Buttersworth and Fitz Henry Lane; 19th-century landscape paintings by Thomas Doughty and Alvan Fisher; a group of Currier and Ives hand-colored lithographs; portraits of HBS Deans, faculty, alumni, donors, and others 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 Mary Frank, Jaume Plensa, Joel Shapiro, and Yinka Shonibare CBE RA ; 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 and exhibition catalogues about artists that are represented in the HBS Art & Artifacts Collection, Schwartz Art Collection, and C. Ludens Ringnes Sculpture Collection, as well as artists who have been featured in temporary exhibitions at HBS.