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Current Exhibitions

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

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

    Through December 7, 2014

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

  • Christ in Limbo

    Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection

    Through December 8, 2014

    The fall rotation in the Robert Wood Johnson Jr. Gallery highlights recent purchases and gifts to the Museum, as well as selections from rich, but not often seen, parts of the permanent collection. Beginning with Christ in Limbo, a recently acquired mid-sixteenth-century drawing by Luca Penni, the installation presents a series of juxtaposed pairs exploring the dialogues and transformations between drawings and the prints for which they were the models.

  • 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 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 8, 2015

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

  • 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 pieces by the master ceramists Ernest Chaplet, Auguste Delaherche, and Jean Carriès, works of imposing size, beautiful in shape, and dazzling in their glazes. These works are shown with others that inspired them, ranging from Asian ceramics to German stoneware.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 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.