Five contemporary collections

  • 8 September 2011

Love contemporary art? We've picked some of our favourite contemporary collections in museums and galleries across the UK.

From stunning sculpture to modern masters, these collections contain some of the most important and exhilarating contemporary works of art.

1. Tate Modern, London
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It does exactly what it says on the tin! This treasure trove of modern gems showcases Tate's impressive collection of contemporary works from Jackson Pollock to Dali and Diane Arbus.

2. Artist Rooms, across the UK
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The Artist Rooms collection embarks on an annual tour with the Art Fund ensuring museums across the UK showcase some of the best internationally-produced contemporary works.

3. Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh
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With over 5,000 items of 20th-century art, this collection boasts works from Matisse and Picasso, while the post-war collection features art by Bacon, Hockney, Warhol and Freud; and the more recent collection includes works by Gormley and Hirst.

4. mima, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, Cleveland
Free to all

Although their full collection is not permanently on display the gallery team draw on works from the collection to create interesting new contemporary exhibitions. You can browse a number of Art Funded works at mima here.

5. The Hepworth Wakefield, West Yorkshire
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An extensive but focused permanent collection of 20th-century art which includes a large number of stunning pieces by Barbara Hepworth and an Art Funded etching by David Hockney.