Modern and Contemporary Art

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Since the 1990s the Museum has acquired works of modern and contemporary art, especially works that are from communities represented in our great historic collections, or that are otherwise relevant to the Museum. Since a surprising number of the historic objects that we hold were in fact distinctive, innovative creations, the much-debated distinctions between ‘traditional craft’, ‘material culture’, and ‘art’ have become less useful or meaningful. With the support of the Art Fund among other bodies, the Museum is now building a wide-ranging collection of sculpture, prints, paintings and digital and installation works, that foreground indigenous perspectives from various parts of the world, and include works by British and other artists that respond to both anthropological and archaeological collections, and to western traditions of collecting and museum-making.