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Current Exhibitions

  • Shaker sampler (detail)

    American and European Embroidered Samplers, 1600–1900

    Through February 15, 2016

    The embroidered samplers in this installation were chosen for their practical character: each displays skills and knowledge acquired during the educational process and preserves this expertise for future reference.

  • Alto Saxophone

    Celebrating Sax: Instruments and Innovation

    Through February 21, 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.

  • 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.

  • Longcase astronomical regulator

    The Luxury of Time: European Clocks and Watches

    Through March 27, 2016

    This exhibition explores the relationship between the artistry of the exterior form of European timekeepers and the brilliantly conceived technology that they contain. Drawn from the Museum's distinguished collection of German, French, English, and Swiss horology from the sixteenth through the nineteenth century, the extraordinary objects on view show how clocks and watches were made into lavish furniture or exquisite jewelry.

  • Portrait of Matthias Buchinger

    Wordplay: Matthias Buchinger's Drawings from the Collection of Ricky Jay

    Through April 11, 2016

    This installation of drawings, prints, and related ephemera by the German artist and performer Matthias Buchinger (1674–1739) explores for the first time the oeuvre of the so-called Little Man of Nuremberg.

  • Luxury cards

    The World in Play: Luxury Cards, 1430–1540

    Through April 17, 2016

    Only three decks of European hand-painted playing cards are known to have survived from the late Middle Ages. These include The Cloisters Playing Cards, which will form the core of this small exhibition highlighting one of the more intriguing works of secular art from The Cloisters Collection.

  • Detail from The Crucifixion

    A New Look at a Van Eyck Masterpiece

    Through April 24, 2016

    This focus exhibition presents the findings of a recent study of the Crucifixion and Last Judgment paintings (ca. 1440–41) by Jan van Eyck and his workshop.

  • Detail of the Worsham-Rockefeller Dressing Room

    Artistic Furniture of the Gilded Age

    Through May 1, 2016

    This exhibition reveals the most sumptuous moment in late nineteenth-century America—a period known as the Gilded Age—through the work of some of the most noted design firms at the time.

  • Honus Wagner jersey (detail)

    Selections from the Collection of Jefferson R. Burdick

    Through May 17, 2016

    The Burdick baseball card collection constitutes an integral part of the Metropolitan's collection of ephemera and tells the history of popular printmaking in the United States.

  • The jade collection of Trustee Heber R. Bishop (1840–1902)

    Asian Art at 100: A History in Photographs

    Through May 22, 2016

    Since The Metropolitan Museum of Art was founded in 1870, the institution's physical space and collection have grown and its curatorial departments have diversified. The timeline presented in the photographs in this exhibition chronicles the changing face of the Met's galleries of Asian art as the building's footprint has expanded, exhibition styles have evolved, and the collection has grown.

  • The Power of Prints: The Legacy of William M. Ivins and A. Hyatt Mayor

    The Power of Prints: The Legacy of William M. Ivins and A. Hyatt Mayor

    Through May 22, 2016

    This exhibition commemorates the centenary of the Department of Prints at The Metropolitan Museum of Art by celebrating the astounding legacy of its founding curator, William Mills Ivins, and his brilliant protégé A. Hyatt Mayor.

  • Narasimha (detail)

    Encountering Vishnu: The Lion Avatar in Indian Temple Drama

    Through June 5, 2016

    Dramas presented during religious festivals in southern India are an important aspect of popular Hindu celebration. This exhibition highlights five rare wooden sculptural masks that represent a largely unrecorded category of late medieval Indian devotional art.

  • 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.

  • Gibbons Raiding an Egret's Nest (detail)

    Monkey Business: Celebrating the Year of the Monkey

    Through July 24, 2016

    To celebrate the Lunar New Year, this exhibition features depictions of monkeys in various media—including painting, ceramics, metalwork, and jade carving.

  • Ernestine Eberhardt Zaumseil (American). Bedcover (detail), ca. 1865

    American Quilts and Folk Art

    Through August 7, 2016

    This exhibition features eight quilts—all recent additions to the Museum's outstanding quilt collection, only one of which has been shown at the Museum before.

  • 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.

  • Night-Shining White (detail)

    Masterpieces of Chinese Painting from the Metropolitan Collection

    Through October 11, 2016

    Over the last forty years, the Metropolitan's collection of Chinese painting and calligraphy has grown to be one of the greatest in the world. This exhibition, presented in two rotations, will highlight the gems of the permanent collection in a chronological display, with an emphasis on works from the Song (960–1279) and Yuan (1271–1368) dynasties.

  • 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.

  • Sol LeWitt | Line Drawing #370

    Sol LeWitt: Wall Drawing #370

    Through January 1, 2017

    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 1, 2017.

  • Recent gifts

    The Arts of Nepal and Tibet: Recent Gifts

    Through January 15, 2017

    The Metropolitan's collection of Nepalese and Tibetan art has recently been transformed by a series of major gifts. This installation features both promised and recently gifted works that are now integrated into the newly refurbished galleries.