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Current Exhibitions

  • Hans Holbein the Younger (German, 1497/98–1543) | Margaret More (1505–1544), Wife of William Roper | 50.69.2

    In Miniature

    Through December 28, 2014

    This exhibition comprises two groups of portrait miniatures: British, from the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries, and French, from the revolutionary period to the Empire. Also included are several eighteenth-century French gold boxes decorated with narratives or scenes in grisaille.

  • Amie Siegel | Provenance | June 23, 2014-January 4, 2015

    Amie Siegel: Provenance

    Through January 4, 2015

    Amie Siegel's three-part installation, Provenance, will be shown in its entirety for the first time at the Metropolitan Museum. Provenance is a touchstone in Siegel's work, with its accumulative, cinematic representation of economic and political cycles.

  • Christmas Tree and Neapolitan Baroque Crèche

    Christmas Tree and Neapolitan Baroque Crèche

    Through January 6, 2015

    The Museum continues a longstanding holiday tradition with the presentation of its Christmas tree, a favorite of New Yorkers and visitors from around the world.

  • Ostad Elahi playing the tanbur

    The Sacred Lute: The Art of Ostad Elahi

    Through January 11, 2015

    Ostad Elahi was a renowned Persian musician, thinker, and jurist whose transformative work in the art of tanbūr—an ancient, long-necked lute—paralleled his innovative approach to the quest for truth and self-knowledge. This exhibition documents the interdependent, mutually transformative relationship between player and instrument through a presentation of nearly forty rare instruments and works of art.

  • Detail, recto, Abraham Entertaining the Angels from Scenes from the Lives of Abraham and Isaac (41.100.57e)

    Examining Opulence: A Set of Renaissance Tapestry Cushions

    Through January 18, 2015

    This installation provides a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the fascinating and indispensable work necessary to prepare objects for display by exploring the different questions curators and conservators pose when presented with six luxurious, late Renaissance tapestry-woven cushion covers.

  • Utagawa Kokunimasa (Japanese, 1874–1944) | Swimming at Ōiso, Distant Views of Mount Fuji | JP3382a–c

    Kimono: A Modern History

    Through January 19, 2015

    Featuring more than fifty spectacular kimono dating from the eighteenth century to the present day, this exhibition tells a story about the Japanese garment whose designs mirror trends in pictorial and decorative arts of every era.

  • Finial from the throne of Tipu Sultan, Mysore, ca. 1790

    Treasures from India: Jewels from the Al-Thani Collection

    Through January 25, 2015

    This exhibition of some sixty jeweled objects from the private collection formed by Sheikh Hamad bin Abdullah Al-Thani provides a glimpse into the evolving styles of the jeweled arts in India from the Mughal period until the present day, with emphasis on later exchanges with the West.

  • View of Toledo

    El Greco in New York

    Through February 1, 2015

    To commemorate the four-hundredth anniversary of the death of El Greco, the Metropolitan Museum and the Hispanic Society of America are pooling their collections of the work of this great painter to provide a panorama of his art unrivaled outside the Museo del Prado in Madrid.

  • Piwyac, the Vernal Fall, 300 Feet, Yosemite

    Carleton Watkins: Yosemite

    Through February 1, 2015

    Carleton Watkins (1829–1916) was the consummate photographer of the American West. This exhibition features thirty-six photographs that helped advance the notion that Yosemite was a Pacific paradise, a bit of Eden in North America.

  • Thomas Struth (German, b, 1954). Pantheon, Rome, 1990. Chromogenic print. Private collection, New York

    Thomas Struth: Photographs

    Through February 16, 2015

    This exhibition celebrates the Museum's unparalleled holdings of photographs by Thomas Struth (German, born 1954), one of the most important and influential photographers of the last half-century.

  • Winchester Bible

    The Winchester Bible: A Masterpiece of Medieval Art

    Through March 8, 2015

    This exhibition features masterfully illuminated pages from two volumes of the magnificent, lavishly ornamented Winchester Bible, the Winchester Cathedral's single greatest surviving treasure.

  • Elephant and Two Boys

    Colors of the Universe: Chinese Hardstone Carvings

    Through March 8, 2015

    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.

  • Making Pottery Art: The Robert A. Ellison Jr. Collection of French Ceramics (ca. 1880–1910)

    Making Pottery Art: The Robert A. Ellison Jr. Collection of French Ceramics (ca. 1880–1910)

    Through March 15, 2015

    Technically experimental and aesthetically ambitious, the vases made by French potters in the years around 1900 pushed the boundaries of the ceramic medium. The recently acquired Robert A. Ellison Jr. Collection of European Art Pottery includes works that are imposing in size, beautiful in shape, and dazzling in their glazes.

  • Unknown

    Paper Chase: Two Decades of Collecting Drawings and Prints

    Through March 16, 2015

    This exhibition of works of art on paper pays tribute to the esteemed connoisseur and brilliant curator George R. Goldner, Drue Heinz Chairman of the Department of Drawings and Prints since 1993, who will be stepping down in early 2015.

  • Ritual Wine Container in the Shape of a Buffalo (Xizun) Eastern Zhou dynasty (770–256 B.C.), Spring and Autumn period (770–476 B.C.), early 5th century B.C. Bronze Collection of Shanghai Museum (1056)

    Innovation and Spectacle: Chinese Ritual Bronzes

    Through March 22, 2015

    This exhibition features three spectacular ritual vessels from the fifth century b.c. that have never before been displayed together outside China.

  • Unidentified Artist | Album of 100 Portraits of Personages from Chinese Opera (detail) | 30.76.299a–xx

    The Art of the Chinese Album

    Through March 29, 2015

    This exhibition showcases the album, one of the most intimate of Chinese painting formats. The special structure of the album, in which each turn of the page is an opportunity to remake the world anew, has presented unique possibilities and challenges for artists from the twelfth century to the present.

  • Baseball card

    Selections from the Collection of Jefferson R. Burdick

    Through April 9, 2015

    The Burdick Baseball Card collection constitutes an integral part of The Metropolitan Museum of Art's collection of ephemera and tells the history of popular printmaking in the United States. The cards on view illustrate the history of baseball from the dead-ball era at the turn of the nineteenth century into the golden age and modern era of the sport.

  • Hexagonal flask

    Ennion: Master of Roman Glass

    Through April 13, 2015

    The most outstanding examples of first-century Roman mold-blown glass were produced by the master glassworker Ennion, the focus of this exhibition.

  • Alto Saxophone

    Celebrating Sax: Instruments and Innovation

    Through April 30, 2015

    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.

  • Stag Mask

    Sacred Traditions of the Himalayas

    Through June 14, 2015

    Examining the widespread production of portable works of art that either traveled with Buddhist monks and teachers or were presented as offerings at temples and pilgrimage sites, this installation features elaborate paintings, embroideries, jewelry for the gods, and images done in gems and semiprecious stones.

  • Immortal Holding a Peach

    Painting with Threads: Chinese Tapestry and Embroidery, 12th–19th Century

    Through August 16, 2015

    Drawn from the Metropolitan's superb holdings of Chinese tapestries and embroideries, this installation, which features several pieces not exhibited previously, presents dramatic landscapes, flowers and birds, famous immortals, and stunning examples of calligraphy, showcasing the artistic imagination and technical sophistication of China's textile artists.

  • Square Box with Dragon

    Sumptuous: East Asian Lacquer, 14th–20th Century

    Through August 16, 2015

    This installation explores the many ways in which this material has been manipulated to create designs by painting, carving, or inlaying precious materials such as gold or mother-of-pearl. Drawn entirely from the permanent collection, this display celebrates the artistry and creativity needed to work this demanding material while illustrating both the similarities and differences found in the lacquer arts of China, Korea, and Japan.

  • Portrait of Dikran G. Kelekian by Milton Avery (detail)

    Coptic Art, Dikran Kelekian, and Milton Avery

    Through September 7, 2015

    A 1943 portrait by the renowned modern American painter Milton Avery (1885–1965) of his friend Dikran Kelekian—a noted collector of modern paintings, Coptic, and Islamic art, and an influential dealer in Middle Eastern art of all periods—is the centerpiece of this installation.

  • Seated Figure

    Warriors and Mothers: Epic Mbembe Art

    Through September 7, 2015

    The figures created by Mbembe master carvers from southeastern Nigeria are among the earliest and most visually dramatic wood sculptures preserved from sub-Saharan Africa.

  • Ceremonial Dagger (Bichwa)

    Arms and Armor: Notable Acquisitions 2003–2014

    Through December 6, 2015

    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.

  • 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.