Tampa Museum of Art

Inspiration along the Riverwalk

Since its founding in 1979, The Tampa Museum of Art has provided innovative public programs, with a focus on classical, modern and contemporary art, with one of the largest collections of Greek and Roman antiquities in the southeastern United States.

In 2010, the museum moved to its current overlooking the Hillsborough River, continuing to offer the region a glimpse of a growing permanent collection, including contemporary photography and new media, plus a variety of renowned traveling exhibitions, and enriching educational programs for students and adults.

The museum recently opened a new in-house restaurant concept, Riverwalk Café, which offers a boutique menu of house-made items and locally-sourced coffee and gelato, as well as fun dishes that highlight the museum’s exhibits. Artist Leo Villareal’s 14,000-square-foot LED installation on the Museum’s south façade, Sky (Tampa), has become an iconic image for the city, and a backdrop to premier outdoor events along the scenic Tampa Riverwalk.

Tables on the Museum’s expansive, covered terrace on the river bank offer a lovely view of the University of Tampa Minarets, Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park and the downtown skyline.

Fun fact: While accessible by car or on foot, Tampa Museum of Art is the only museum in the country also accessible by boat! There are two slips on the Riverwalk available to use for free on a first come, first served basis.

Aside from the amazing ambiance the Museum offers, there are of course some can’t-miss exhibitions! Here are some current and upcoming exhibitions to experience:

Love is Calling

On view Now through February 14, 2019

Yayoi Kusama is one of today’s most recognized and celebrated artists. In October 2017, the Yayoi Kusama Museum opened in Tokyo, where the artist resides. The new exhibit at Tampa Museum of Art, LOVE IS CALLING, is one of the artist’s iconic Infinity Rooms, on loan from the Vinik Family Foundation Collection. The immersive, experiential work of art invites visitors to enter a mirrored room with tentacle-like soft sculptures hanging from the ceiling and positioned on the floor. These forms glow with changing colors and feature Kusama’s signature polka dots. Mirrored walls create a kaleidoscopic effect, with the reflected imagery of the tentacles seemingly extending into infinite space. Visitors hear audio of the artist reciting a love poem in Japanese as they walk throughout the installation.

Robert Indiana: A Sculpture Retrospective

On view Now through March 17, 2019

In the category of American art, Robert Indiana’s iconic LOVE sculpture is one of the most recognizable – and it is now on display in the museum’s atrium. Robert Indiana: A Sculpture Retrospective explores the works of the artist’s 50-year career, including sculpture along with his lesser known prints, drawings and paintings. The exhibition introduces some of his late works, including the Vinalhaven Woods, bronze editions of sculptures from different eras in his career, and the never-before shown marble LOVE sculptures. Among the great American artists of the second half of the twentieth century, Indiana passed away earlier this year, leaving behind a notable art career that includes far more than this one sculpture.

Oswaldo Vigas: Transformations

On view January 31 through May 27, 2019

Oswaldo Vigas: Transformations presents the first American survey of artist Oswaldo Vigas, with an exhibition that examines his influential career and his contributions to 20th century modernism. The exhibit focuses on his works created between 1940 and 1980, and demonstrates the evolution of his distinct artistic style. The works on view illustrate the scope of Vigas’ projects, from studio painter to muralist, and celebrate him as one of Latin America’s preeminent 20th century painters. His work has been featured in exhibitions around the globe and resides in prominent private and museum collections including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the Art Museum of the Americas. His passing in 2014 in Venezuela has highlighted the importance of his creative achievements.

For more information on the exhibitions and collection of the Tampa Museum of Art, visit tampamuseum.org.