Current Exhibitions

  • St. Martin and the Brigands (detail)

    Scenes from the Life of St. Martin: Franco-Flemish Embroidery from the Met Collection

    Through October 25, 2015

    This installation features a series of rare fifteenth-century embroideries illustrating scenes from the life of Saint Martin (316–397), on display for the first time. These splendid examples of Franco-Flemish embroidery highlight the sophistication of this highly prized medium.

  • Silk textile with seraphim and crosses

    Liturgical Textiles of the Post-Byzantine World

    Through November 1, 2015

    Seldom-shown textiles from the fifteenth to the eighteenth century from the Museum's departments of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts, Medieval Art and The Cloisters, and Islamic Art demonstrate the longevity of imagery developed in the Byzantine era over a wide geographical range, from workshops in Georgia to Muscovy to Greece.

  • Wolfgang Tillmans: Book for Architects

    Wolfgang Tillmans: Book for Architects

    Through November 1, 2015

    Over a period of ten years, Wolfgang Tillmans photographed buildings in thirty-seven countries on five continents to produce his installation Book for Architects. The 450 photographs are presented in a site-specific, two-channel video installation projected onto perpendicular walls.

  • Turf, with Jockey up, at Newmarket

    Paintings by George Stubbs from the Yale Center for British Art

    Through November 8, 2015

    Eight paintings by George Stubbs (1724–1806) have been lent to the Metropolitan Museum by the Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, while its Louis I. Kahn building is closed for renovation until 2016. The works are shown together with British old master paintings from the permanent collection.

  • Rawat Gokuldas (r. 1786–1821) Hunting Tigers

    The Royal Hunt: Courtly Pursuits in Indian Art

    Through December 8, 2015

    Expressions of imperial authority are universally embodied in royal imagery of the hunt, rulers pursuing prey as metaphors for power, and martial prowess. This theme is celebrated throughout the history of Indian painting and became ubiquitous in later Rajput painting.

  • Drawing of a female face

    About Face: Human Expression on Paper

    Through December 13, 2015

    The representation of human emotion through facial expression has interested western artists since antiquity. The diverse works in this installation reveal how expression underpinned narrative and provided a window onto the character and motivations of the subjects, the artists, and even their audience.

  • Alto Saxophone

    Celebrating Sax: Instruments and Innovation

    Through January 3, 2016

    This special display of instruments made by three generations of the Sax family marks the bicentenary of the birth of Adolphe Sax. Rare saxophones, brass instruments, and an exquisite ivory clarinet are among the twenty-six instruments selected to showcase the inventions and innovations of this important family.

  • Unknown Artist (Senegal). Portrait of a Woman, ca. 1910

    In and Out of the Studio: Photographic Portraits from West Africa

    Through January 3, 2016

    This exhibition presents one hundred years of portrait photography in West Africa through nearly eighty photographs taken between the 1870s and the 1970s. These works, many of which are being shown for the first time, are drawn from the Metropolitan Museum's Visual Resource Archives in the Department of the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas, with additions from the Department of Photographs.

  • Panel from a Door or Minbar (detail)

    Pattern, Color, Light: Architectural Ornament in the Near East (500–1000)

    Through January 3, 2016

    This exhibition features examples of architectural ornament from Egypt, Iraq, Syria, and Turkey that were found at sites ranging in date from approximately 500 to 1000. Few buildings from this period survive fully intact, but the pieces of walls, ceilings, and floors that remain shed light on the ingenious ways that artisans created sumptuous interiors and stately facades.

  • Ceremonial Dagger (Bichwa)

    Arms and Armor: Notable Acquisitions 2003–2014

    Through January 3, 2016

    The permanent collection of the Department of Arms and Armor is one of the most encyclopedic in the world. To highlight the ongoing development of the collection's multicultural and interdisciplinary nature, this exhibition focuses on approximately forty works from Europe, the United States, Japan, India, and Tibet acquired between 2003 and 2014.

  • Sol LeWitt | Line Drawing #370

    Sol LeWitt: Wall Drawing #370

    Through January 3, 2016

    In 1968, Sol LeWitt extricated his work from the confines of the frame and transferred it directly to the wall. His 1982 Wall Drawing #370: Ten Geometric Figures (including right triangle, cross, X, diamond) with three-inch parallel bands of lines in two directions will be on view through January 3, 2016.

  • The Martyrdom of Saint Cecilia (Cartoon for a Fresco) (detail), 1612–14

    Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection

    Through January 4, 2016

    Highlights from this rotation include academic figure drawings from the sixteenth through twentieth centuries; a large-scale cartoon by Domenichino (Italian, 1581–1641); etchings by the nineteenth-century Spanish artist Mariano Fortuny; Renaissance and Baroque drawings and prints bequeathed by Phyllis Massar in 2011; figure studies by John Singer Sargent (American, 1856–1925); and prints by American artists Frank Lobdell (1921–2013), Richard Tuttle (born 1941), James Siena (born 1957), and Thomas Nozkowski (born 1944).

  • La Frayeur (Fright), 1861–64

    Grand Illusions: Staged Photography from the Met Collection

    Through January 18, 2016

    Photographers, like ventriloquists, can cast "voices" in a seemingly infinite number of genres and period styles. This does not negate the camera's direct relationship to the world—tying image to subject as naturally as a footprint—but instead reveals that photographs are always admixtures of fiction and reality tilted toward one end of the scale or the other.

  • Roadside Stall on the Way to Viana, from the series Terreno Ocupado

    The Aftermath of Conflict: Jo Ractliffe's Photographs of Angola and South Africa

    Through March 6, 2016

    Throughout her career, South African photographer Jo Ractliffe (born 1961) has directed her camera toward landscapes to address themes of displacement, conflict, history, memory, and erasure. This exhibition brings together selected works from three of her recent photographic series that focus on the aftermath of the Angolan Civil War (1975–2002) and its relationship with the Border War (1966–89) fought by South Africans in Angola and present-day Namibia.

  • Lucas Blalock (American, born 1978). Both Chairs in CW’s Living Room, 2012

    Reconstructions: Recent Photographs and Video from the Met Collection

    Through March 13, 2016

    This installation is a snapshot—not comprehensive, but representative—of the collecting interests of the Department of Photographs through recently acquired works made by fifteen artists over the last seven years.

  • Seated bodhisattva (left attendant of a triad)

    Korea: 100 Years of Collecting at the Met

    Through March 27, 2016

    When the Department of Far Eastern Art was established at the Metropolitan in the summer of 1915, the Museum possessed only sixty-five Korean works. Today, Korea's traditional arts, as well as pop music, film, and drama, are celebrated markers of global culture. The Museum's collection of Korean art now encompasses works in a wide range of media that date from the late Bronze Age to the present.

  • Pillow in the Form of an Infant Boy

    A Passion for Jade: The Heber Bishop Collection

    Through June 19, 2016

    Consisting of over one thousand pieces, Heber R. Bishop's collection of carved jades was the first major collection of its kind in the country and was bequeathed to the Metropolitan Museum in 1902. This exhibition features a selection of the finest examples from this renowned collection.

  • Round Dish with Birds and Hollyhock

    Chinese Lacquer: Treasures from the Irving Collection, 12th–18th Century

    Through June 19, 2016

    This installation—which features all of the most important examples of Chinese lacquer in the Museum's collection—explores the laborious techniques used to create scenes based on history and literature, images of popular gods and mythical and real animals, and representations of landscapes and flowers and birds.

  • The Virgin of Guadalupe with the Four Apparitions

    Collecting the Arts of Mexico

    Through August 7, 2016

    In 1911, Emily Johnston de Forest gave her collection of pottery from Mexico to the Metropolitan Museum. Calling it "Mexican maiolica," she highlighted its importance as a North American artistic achievement.

  • Textile fragment showing two people

    New Discoveries: Early Liturgical Textiles from Egypt, 200–400

    Through September 5, 2016

    Iconographic analysis and scientific testing have revealed new information about the meaning and use of two textiles in the Museum's collection.

  • Fabergé

    Fabergé from the Matilda Geddings Gray Foundation Collection

    Through November 27, 2016

    This selection of works by Fabergé from Matilda Geddings Gray's sumptuous collection is on long-term loan at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Iconic works from the House of Fabergé have not been on public view in New York since 2004.