The collection of the Museum der Moderne Salzburg is complemented and fundamentally enhanced by significant permanent loans of internationally renowned works of art. Owing to the generous support of private lenders, institutions, galleries and artists, the Museum der Moderne Salzburg possesses many outstanding works, ranging from Classical Modernism to contemporary art, which it could otherwise not afford.
The MAP Collection, entrusted to the Museum der Moderne Salzburg by a German private collector, comprises more than 400 works by internationally renowned artists. Apart from numerous works by James Lee Byars and a large collection of photographs by Helmut Newton, the focus of this private collection is mostly on important representatives of German painting from the past few decades, including Jörg Immendorff, Anselm Kiefer, Markus Lüpertz, A.R. Penck and Eberhard Havekost. The bodies of work include paintings, graphic prints and sculptures and give an impressive survey of the artistic activity and development of the individual artists. Thanks to regular purchases based on a consistent strategy that focuses on “depth” rather than “breadth”, the museum's holdings will be continuously expanded also in the future.
Within the framework of a unique project on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the Essl Museum in 2009 and owing to good connections with artists and art dealers, the Museum der Moderne Salzburg was able to acquire two significant works with funds provided by the Essl collection, which will be made available to the museum as permanent loans. One exhibit is a work by the internationally renowned German sculptor Stephan Balkenhol, consisting of five parts, the second exhibit is a painting by the artist duo Muntean / Rosenblum.
With „En Block“ (1999), „Turbo“ (1999), „Ever After“ (2006) and „Caught Dreaming“ (2006), four works by British sculptor Tony Cragg are currently on display on the museum's sculpture terrace. The artist generously provided them to the museum on permanent loan on the occasion of the exhibition "Second Nature" in 2009.
In 2011 the Museum der Moderne Salzburg 2011 received a new permanent loan from the Tia-Collection, an American corporate collection, consisting of four works by Georg Baselitz, Tony Cragg and Julian Khol.
Further lenders include the Kasser Art Foundation in Montclair, New Jersey, which has provided bronze sculptures by Auguste Rodin and Henri Matisse and a sheet by Jackson Pollock. Works by Anthony Gromley, Peter Halley, Markus Lüpertz, Tim Noble and Sue Webster have been given to the museum by the prestigious art gallery Thaddäus Ropac, Paris/Salzburg. Significant works by Erwin Wurm are on loan to the Museum der Moderne Salzburg from Galerie Budja. Outstanding works, e.g. by German Expressionist artists, have been provided by other private and institutional lenders who prefer to remain anonymous.