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CCS Bard’s permanent collection of contemporary art includes more than 3,000 works by more than 400 of the most prominent artists of the 20th and 21st centuries.

The foundation of the permanent collection is the Marieluise Hessel Collection of Contemporary Art, which has been the resident collection of CCS Bard for nearly two decades. The Hessel Collection is international in scope, with paintings, photographs, and works on paper, sculptures, videos and video installations from the 1960s to the present including notable representations from many of the foremost movements in contemporary art; Minimalism, Arte Povera, Transavantgarde, Neo-expressionism, Pattern and Decoration, The Hairy Who and Chicago Imagists, Post-minimalists, and New Media, among others.

The permanent collection also has works that have been given to the Center by Eileen and Michael Cohen, Rosa and Carlos de la Cruz, Asher Edelman, Martin and Rebecca Eisenberg, Robert Gober, Joan and Gerald Kimmelman, Eileen Harris Norton and Peter Norton, Toni and Martin Sosnoff, Thea Westreich, and Ethan Wagner. Many of the gifts are works from the 1990s by young and mid-career artists.