Public Collections

This is a partial list of museums that have Sam Francis works in their collections. It is not a complete list of all the public collections throughout the world.





(Fig. 1) Francis in his Broadway studio, Santa Monica, with Spring Thaw, 1980, commissioned by the Art in Architecture Program of the U.S. General Services Administration for the U.S. Federal Building and Courthouse, Anchorage, Alaska. (Photographer unknown.)

(Fig. 2) Spring Thaw, 1980, installed in the U.S. Federal Building and Courthouse, Anchorage, 1980. (Photo courtesy General Services Administration, Washington, D.C.)

(Fig. 3) Untitled Triptych, 1980–82, installed at the San Francisco International Airport, 2009. (Collection of the City and County of San Francisco; photo by Angela Hanka.)


General Services Administration, U.S. Federal Building, Anchorage (SFF.781) (figs. 1–2)



Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento (SFF.307)

de Young Museum, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (SFF.1231)

Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, San Marino (SFF.733)

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (SFF.242, SFF.358)

Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (SFF.100, SFF.347, SFF.383, SFF.473, SFF.703, SFF.854, SFF.1202)

Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena (SFF.234, SFF.236, SFF.236.239b, SFF.236.239d, SFF.237)

Oakland Museum of California (SFF.444)

Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach (SFF.46)

Palm Springs Art Museum (SFF.729)

San Francisco International Airport, Collection of the City and County of San Francisco (SFF.822.824) (fig. 3)

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFF.377, SFF.457, SFF.1217.1221)

University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (SFF.25, SFF.44, SFF.119, SFF.539, SFF.1662)



Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven (SFF.33, SFF.375)



Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach (SFF.661)



Contemporary Museum, Honolulu (SFF.76, SFF.76.a, SFF.489)



Art Institute of Chicago (SFF.139, SFF.201)



Indiana University Art Museum, Bloomington (SFF.416)



Des Moines Art Center (SFF.219)



New Orleans Museum of Art (SFF.281)



Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham (SFF.497)

Worcester Art Museum (SFF.412)



Detroit Institute of Arts (SFF.397)


Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (SFF.699)



Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Washington University in St. Louis (SFF.190, SFF.272)

Saint Louis Art Museum (SFF.261)


New York

Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo (SFF.42, SFF.111, SFF.124, SFF.188, SFF.223, SFF.506, SFF.582)

Hessel Museum of Art and CCS Galleries, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson (SFF.215)

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (SFF.355)

Museum of Modern Art, New York (SFF.136, SFF.244, SFF.254)

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (SFF.72, SFF.73, SFF.73.a, SFF.161, SFF.278, SFF.361)

University at Buffalo Art Galleries (SFF.578)

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (SFF.282)


Untitled (Seafirst), 1979, acrylic on canvas. Generously Donated by Bank of America Corporation. Collection of The Mint Museum, Charlotte, North Carolina.

Untitled (Seafirst), 1979, acrylic on canvas. Generously Donated by Bank of America Corporation. Collection of The Mint Museum, Charlotte, North Carolina.


North Carolina

Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, Charlotte (SFF.399)

Mint Museum Uptown, Charlotte (SFF.712)



Dayton Art Institute (SFF.199, SFF.462)



Oklahoma City Museum of Art (SFF.1232)



Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh (SFF.250)

Philadelphia Museum of Art (SFF.187)


Rhode Island

Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence (SFF.880.882)



Blanton Museum of Art, University of Texas at Austin (SFF.328)

Dallas Museum of Art (SFF.122, SFF.289)

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth (SFF.476, SFF.477)



Seattle Art Museum (SFF.487)


Washington, D.C.

Corcoran Gallery of Art (SFF.642)

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution (SFF.256, SFF.360, SFF.461, SFF.571)

National Gallery of Art (SFF.280)

Phillips Collection (SFF.267)

Smithsonian American Art Museum (SFF.343, SFF.439)



Chazen Museum of Art, Madison (SFF.831, SFF.839, SFF.937)

Milwaukee Art Museum (SFF.710)




Musée des beaux-arts de l’Ontario/Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto (SFF.290)

Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal/Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (SFF.51, SFF.164, SFF.333)

Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, Québec City (SFF.257)

(Fig. 4) Center panel of Flemish Skies, 1986, in Grand Vestibule of Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie, Brussels. The floor inlay is by Sol LeWitt. (Photo courtesy Archives of La Monnaie/De Munt, Brussels and Galerie Jean Fournier, Paris.)

(Fig. 5) Big Red II, 1979, in the symphony hall of the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, 1990. (Photo by Jens Frederiksen, courtesy Louisiana Museum of Modern Art.)

(Fig. 6) Coral Branch, 1971, in the original lobby of the Idemitsu Museum of Arts, Tokyo, n.d. (Photo courtesy Idemitsu Museum of Arts, Japan.)




Albertina Kunst Museum Palais, Vienna (SFF.372)

Essl Museum—Kunst der Gegenwart, Klosterneuburg/Vienna (SFF.503, SFF.1314, SFF.1453, SFF.1496, SFF.1618, SFF.1631)



La Monnaie/De Munt, Brussels (SFF.1382.1384) (fig. 4) 



Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek (SFF.189, SFF.445, SFF.447, SFF.455, SFF.463, SFF.492, SFF.500, SFF.517, SFF.521, SFF.730, SFF.776, SFF.865) (fig. 5)

Museum Jorn, Silkeborg (SFF.156)



Matti Koivurinta Foundation Art Collection at Aboa Vetus and Ars Nova, Turku (SFF.1187)



Les Abattoirs-—Art moderne et contemporain, Toulouse (SFF.1560)

Centre Pompidou, Paris (SFF.107, SFF.203, SFF.468, SFF.692)

Collection d’art moderne de Renault, Boulogne (SFF.747)

Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris (SFF.723)

Fondation Marguerite et Aimé Maeght, Saint-Paul de Vence (SFF.526, SFF.550)

Fonds national d’art contemporain at Musée des beaux-arts de Rennes (SFF.326)

Le LAAC (Lieu d’Art et d’Action Contemporaine), Dunkerque (SFF.719)

Musée d’art moderne de la Ville de Paris (SFF.78)

Musée de Grenoble (SFF.387, SFF.532)



Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg (SFF.370)

Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf (SFF.114, SFF.146)

Museum Folkwang, Essen (SFF.104)

Museum Ludwig, Cologne (SFF.196)

Museum Pfalzgalerie Kaiserslautern (SFF.483)

Neue Nationalgalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin (SFF.540)

Sprengel Museum Hannover (SFF.132, SFF.192)

Staatsgalerie Stuttgart (SFF.241)

World Conference Center, Bonn (SFF.691)



Museum Jan van der Togt, Amstelveen (SFF.947, SFF.1622)

Rijksmuseum Twenthe, Enschede (SFF.792)

Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (SFF.235)

Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (SFF.222)



Henie-Onstad Kunstsenter, Oslo (SFF.279, SFF.327)



Muzeum Sztuki, Lodz (SFF.452)



Berardo Collection, Museu de Arte Moderna, Sintra (SFF.717)



Collection Meulensteen at Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum, Bratislava (SFF.10, SFF.29, SFF.34, SFF.38, SFF.61, SFF.228, SFF.1041, SFF.1165, SFF.1490, SFF.1557)



Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona (SFF.1126)



Moderna Museet, Stockholm (SFF.110, SFF.270, SFF.351, SFF.502, SFF.1038, SFF.1418, SFF.1821)



Fondation Beyeler, Riehen/Basel (SFF.275)

Fondazione Marguerite Arp, Locarno (SFF.364)

Kunstmuseum Basel, Museum für Gegenwartskunst (SFF.167, SFF.266)

Kunstmuseum St. Gallen (SFF.259)


United Kingdom

Tate, London (SFF.214)

Ulster Museum, Belfast (SFF.113)





Israel Museum, Jerusalem (SFF.620)



Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art, Nagoya (SFF.246)

Fukuoka Art Museum, Fukuoka City (SFF.697)

Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima, Japan (SFF.1564)

Idemitsu Museum of Arts (SFF.60, SFF.67, SFF.74, SFF.75, SFF.77, SFF.82, SFF.108, SFF.116, SFF.147, SFF.150, SFF.155, SFF.165, SFF.227, SFF.271, SFF.283, SFF.348, SFF.381, SFF.385, SFF.423, SFF.453, SFF.475, SFF.482, SFF.486, SFF.534, SFF.555, SFF.647, SFF.649, SFF.671, SFF.684, SFF.706, SFF.713, SFF.716, SFF.765, SFF.797, SFF.801, SFF.859, SFF.961.970, SFF.985, SFF.1147, SFF.1387, SFF.1404, SFF.1565, SFF.1576, SFF.1599, SFF.1624, SFF.1659) (fig. 6)

Kawamura Memorial Museum of Arts, Sakura City (SFF.117, SFF.633)

Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (SFF.1158.1162, SFF.1170.1171)

Museum of Modern Art, Otsu City, Shiga (SFF.129)

Museum of Modern Art, Toyama (SFF.335, SFF.828.830)

National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo (SFF.97)

Nishi-Nippon City Bank, Ltd., Fukuoka City (SFF.556)

Ohara Museum of Art, Kurashiki (SFF.213, SFF.698, SFF.785)

Okazaki City Mindscape Museum (SFF.1497)

Sezon Museum of Modern Art, Karuizawa, Nagano (SFF.707, SFF.767, SFF.782, SFF.786)

Sogetsu Art Museum, Tokyo (SFF.407, SFF.923)


South Korea

Song Eun Arts and Cultural Foundation, Seoul (SFF.764)




Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney (SFF.566)