Current Exhibitions

  • Woman with a Veil–The Wife of the Artist

    Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection

    Through April 28, 2014

    In honor of spring, this exhibition features a selection of works on paper that use the color green in their compositions, including a pastel of a ballerina by Edgar Degas, a colorful pochoir design with butterflies by E. A. Séguy, and a lithograph depicting emerald-toned squares by Josef Albers.

  • Eugène Atget. Boulevard de Strasbourg, Corsets, Paris, 1912

    Paris as Muse: Photography, 1840s–1930s

    Through May 4, 2014

    This exhibition celebrates the first one hundred years of photography in Paris. Known as the "City of Light" even before the birth of the medium in 1839, Paris has been muse to many of the most celebrated photographers, from Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre (one of the field's inventors) and Nadar to Charles Marville, Eugène Atget, and Henri Cartier-Bresson.

  • William Kentridge: The Refusal of Time

    William Kentridge: The Refusal of Time

    Through May 11, 2014

    A new Museum acquisition, William Kentridge's five-channel video installation The Refusal of Time (2012) is a thirty-minute meditation on time and space, the complex legacies of colonialism and industry, and the artist's own intellectual life.

  • Feathered Walls: Hangings from Ancient Peru

    Feathered Walls: Hangings from Ancient Peru

    Through May 12, 2014

    Twelve spectacular feather panels—probably hangings—made by the Wari peoples of southern Peru between about 600 and 1000 comprise this installation. Made of finely woven cotton cloth and measuring about seven by two feet on average, the panels are completely covered with the small iridescent body feathers of the blue and yellow macaw in an arresting design of large rectangles. They rank among the most luxurious and unusual works created by textile artists in Peru prior to the Spanish conquest in 1532.

  • Twelve-Armed Chakrasamvara and His Consort Vajravarahi

    Tibet and India: Buddhist Traditions and Transformations

    Through June 8, 2014

    This exhibition singles out two periods when the Buddhist Tibetan tradition drew from outside influences to develop new vocabularies of form. It will include five loans and eighteen objects drawn from department holdings.

  • Circle of Stefano da Verona (Stefano di Giovanni) (Italian, Verona (?) 1374/75–?ca. 1438 Castel Bragher) | Two Heavily Bearded Men (detail) | 2009.340

    Early Renaissance Drawing in Verona

    Through June 8, 2014

    A selection of early fifteenth-century works from the Robert Lehman Collection and the Department of Drawings and Prints features drawings attributed to the artist Stefano da Verona (Italian, ca. 1375–ca. 1438). Stefano represents the dynamic artistic culture of northern Italy during the early fifteenth century, fostered by the region's close ties to France and Burgundy.

  • Cleopatra's Needle

    Cleopatra's Needle

    Through June 8, 2014

    This exhibition celebrates the Central Park Conservancy's upcoming conservation on the obelisk of Thutmose III, popularly known as "Cleopatra's Needle." Relying primarily on the Metropolitan's own collection, enhanced with several important loans from local museums and private lenders, it explores the meaning of obelisks in ancient Egyptian divine and funerary cults and considers how these massive monuments were created and erected.

  • Snuff Bottle with European Woman and Child (21.175.314a, b) (Detail)

    Small Delights: Chinese Snuff Bottles

    Through June 15, 2014

    Snuff, a mixture of finely ground tobacco leaves and aromatic herbs and spices, was introduced to China by European missionaries, envoys, and merchants in the second half of the seventeenth century. The increasing use of snuff led to the making of snuff bottles, small containers with a corked stopper that were easily portable and airtight to preserve freshness and flavor.

  • A Young Woman and a Cavalier

    Carpets of the East in Paintings from the West

    Through June 29, 2014

    Since biblical times, the idea of having an expensive textile underfoot has been associated with wealth, power, and sanctity. Only wealthy patrons could afford fine carpets, which were traded as luxury goods from the Islamic lands to Europe and other parts of the world. As early as the fourteenth century, images of carpets woven in the East began to appear in European paintings. This exhibition will show three mid-seventeenth-century Dutch paintings along with three actual rugs of the same period. Each of the carpets on view will correspond to the rug in one of the paintings. All paintings and carpets are from the Museum's collection.

  • Elephant and Two Boys

    Colors of the Universe: Chinese Hardstone Carvings

    Through July 6, 2014

    Stone carving is one of the oldest arts in China, its beginnings dating back to remote antiquity. Although jade, the mineral nephrite, was held in the highest esteem, all stones that could achieve a luster after polishing, be it agate, turquoise, malachite, chalcedony, quartz, jasper, or lapis lazuli, were also appreciated.

  • William Morris: Textiles and Wallpaper

    William Morris: Textiles and Wallpaper

    Through July 20, 2014

    William Morris (1834–1896) is acknowledged as the leader of the British Arts and Crafts movement of the second half of the nineteenth century. His enterprise, Morris & Company, produced a variety of decorative arts, with textiles and wallpapers comprising a large portion of their artistic output. In 1923, the Metropolitan acquired the institution's first examples from the oeuvre of Morris & Company, and a selection of these are shown in this installation.

  • Design Motifs in Byzantine Art

    Design Motifs in Byzantine Art

    Through August 3, 2014

    Many of the textiles found in Egypt, the southernmost province of the Byzantine Empire, are woven in linen and wool and decorated with a great variety of motifs. Meant to be worn and to decorate domestic and religious spaces, the works on view in this exhibition feature designs that generally refer to abundance and prosperity.

  • Lucas Samaras: Offerings from a Restless Soul

    Lucas Samaras: Offerings from a Restless Soul

    Through September 1, 2014

    This exhibition is drawn from the Museum's substantial holdings of works by Lucas Samaras, a compulsively productive sculptor, photographer, painter, filmmaker, and writer, who has recently donated a group of additional works to the collection. They range from the artist's curiously imaginative pastels from the early 1960s, to his innovative experiments with Polaroid photography and his recent computer-generated imagery.

  • Bill Wasilevich, American, active 1940s, Jimmy "One Eye" Collins After Arraignment, 1946

    Now You See It: Photography and Concealment

    Through September 1, 2014

    Photography is a medium prized for its capacity to expose, lay bare, make visible. This exhibition presents a selection of contemporary photographs and video from the permanent collection that variously explores the medium's dynamic interplay between concealment and revelation.

  • The Flowering of Edo Period Painting Japanese Masterworks from the Feinberg Collection

    The Flowering of
    Edo Period Painting: Japanese Masterworks from the Feinberg Collection

    Through September 7, 2014

    This exhibition draws on the holdings of noted American collectors Robert and Betsy Feinberg, who have created one of the outstanding private collections of Edo period painting outside of Japan. The exhibition consists of ninety-three works of Japanese painting, including twelve sets of folding screens and a number of hanging scrolls. There will be two complete rotations, each exhibiting about forty-five works.

  • Bashford Dean and the Creation of the Arms and Armor Department

    Bashford Dean and the Creation of the Arms and Armor Department

    Through October 13, 2014

    To mark the centennial of the Arms and Armor Department, this exhibition surveys the career of Dr. Bashford Dean (1867–1928), the department's founding curator.

  • Early American Guitars: The Instruments of C. F. Martin

    Early American Guitars: The Instruments of C. F. Martin

    Through December 7, 2014

    This exhibition will include approximately thirty-five instruments from the Martin Museum in Nazareth, Pennsylvania, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and several private collections.

  • 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.