When you’re out of town on business, the entire trip can seem like a work-filled whirlwind. Getting out of your Cleveland corporate housing to experience a little bit of what the city has to offer is key to a great work-life balance. Thankfully, Cleveland is brimming with exciting artistic and cultural experiences to explore – one of which is the Cleveland Museum of Art.
Located in the city’s Wade Park District, the Cleveland Museum of Art is home to more than 45,000 works of art. Perhaps the best part about the museum is that admission is free, no matter your age or place of residence. In addition to housing one of the most notable collections of art in the country, the museum is known for its large holdings of Asian and Egyptian pieces. Depending on how much time you have to explore, you may or may not get to take advantage of all the museum’s offerings. Whether you have a whole day or just a few hours, here are some works that you can’t miss:
The Thinker, Auguste Rodin – While this piece is a cast of the original work, it is unique to the Cleveland Museum of Art. The museum’s cast is displayed in an unrepaired state after it incurred damage from a pipe bomb. A group of vandals, allegedly a faction of the Weatherman group, damaged the sculpture in 1970.
Allie Mae Burroughs, Wife of a Cotton Sharecropper, Hale County, Alabama, Walker Evans – Known for his work documenting the Great Depression for the Farm Security Administration, Walker Evans captured the humanity at the heart of a crisis in American history. This piece was part of a series that followed three white tenant families in southern Alabama during that time.
Virgin and Child with the Young Saint John the Baptist, Sandro Botticelli – One of the most famous painters of the Renaissance, nearly any of Botticelli’s works is a must-see during a museum trip. However, this piece is particularly special because of its more recent fame as a United States Postal Service stamp. In 2008, the USPS selected this image for its annual Christmas stamp.
La Vie, Pablo Picasso – The museum has an extensive catalogue of Picasso’s work in its collection. However, one of the most stunning pieces is this painting done during Picasso’s Blue Period. This piece is a true highlight of the museum's Modern European Painting and Sculpture collection.
Though Cleveland corporate housing will make you feel right at home, getting out to experience the phenomenal art housed in the city’s museums will offer a welcome reprieve from day to night business meetings. Take a minute and enjoy the city you’re visiting!