From 1965 until his passing in 1990, businessman, philanthropist and art collector Armand Hammer amassed two collections which are now permanently housed at the museum. One consists primarily of paintings by 19th century French impressionists, but includes examples of realism, Barbizon school, post-impressionism, and symbolism. The other collection holds over 7,500 paintings, drawings, sculptures and lithographs of the celebrated 19th century caricaturist, Honore Daumier. These works humorously convey much about French politics, culture and social life of the era.
Leading edge exhibitions from emerging, underrepresented artists pass through the remaining gallery spaces, with other programs such as the lecture series, film screenings, readings and a concert series in the courtyard. In partnership with UCLA, the Hammer pursues research frontiers within the sciences and the humanities, as reflected in the Hammer Museum’s renowned exhibitions and programs.