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Current Exhibitions

  • Giovanni Battista Tiepolo | Caricature of a Fat Man, Seen From Behind

    Tiepolo Caricatures from the Robert Lehman Collection

    Through September 28, 2014

    This exhibition of drawings by Giovanni Battista and Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo from the Robert Lehman Collection presents a cast of characters shared between father and son. Conventions of gesture, rhetoric, costume, and performance are considered in this small selection of caricatures.

  • Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881–1973) | Danaë | 1979.620.73

    Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection

    Through September 29, 2014

    The summer rotation in the Robert Wood Johnson Jr. Gallery focuses on a selection of drawings and prints from southern Europe and Mexico and covers over 450 years of art in different media.

  • Leroy Robert "Satchel" Paige (Burdick 328, R414-7.219)

    Selections from the Collection of Jefferson R. Burdick

    Through October 5, 2014

    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.

  • 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.

  • A Musician Charms a Mrig (Antelope); folio from a ragamala series (Garland of Musical Modes) (detail)

    Ragamala: Picturing Sound

    Through December 14, 2014

    A ragamala, translated from Sanskrit as "garland of ragas," is a series of paintings depicting a range of musical melodies known as ragas. This exhibition features Indian paintings and musical instruments from the Museum's collection.

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

    In Miniature

    Through December 31, 2014

    This exhibition will comprise 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Sol LeWitt | Line Drawing #370

    Sol LeWitt: Wall Drawing #370

    Through September 7, 2015

    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 September 7, 2015.

  • 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.