Current Exhibitions

  • 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.

  • Flask with face

    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.

  • Drawing of a woman's face

    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.

  • The Musicians

    Painting Music in the Age of Caravaggio

    Through April 5, 2015

    This exhibition poses the question, What did people "hear" when they looked at paintings of musical performances by Caravaggio and his contemporaries? There is no doubt that these pictures had an intentionally aural, as well as visual, component: silent music is their theme.

  • 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.

  • Vessel in the shape of a kneeling ram

    Celebration of the Year of the Ram

    Through April 19, 2015

    In celebration of the Year of the Ram, the Metropolitan Museum presents a selection of remarkable works drawn exclusively from the Museum's permanent collection. These include lively sculptures of bronze, jade, rock crystal, and celadon porcelain, along with a charming painting of grazing goats by an eighteenth-century master.

  • 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.

  • Wolfgang Tillmans: Book for Architects

    Wolfgang Tillmans: Book for Architects

    Through July 5, 2015

    Over a period of ten years, Wolfgang Tillmans photographed buildings in thirty-seven countries on five continents to produce his installation Book for Architects. The 450 photographs are presented in a site-specific, two-channel video installation projected onto perpendicular walls.

  • Elaborate Embroidery

    Elaborate Embroidery: Fabrics for Menswear before 1815

    Through July 19, 2015

    This installation provides a glimpse into the world of vividly colored and highly decorative fashion that was a key component of an upper-class European man's life in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.

  • Robert Motherwell, Lyric Suite

    Robert Motherwell: Lyric Suite

    Through July 26, 2015

    In addition to a long and prolific career as a painter, American artist Robert Motherwell (1915–1991) was a dedicated teacher, a scholar of art and literature, and a champion of fellow artists. He was the youngest member of the "New York School" of Abstract Expressionists, whose name he coined and for whom he was a theorist and spokesman.

  • 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 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.

  • Tray with Flowering Plum and Birds

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

    Through August 16, 2015

    This installation explores the many ways in which lacquer has been manipulated to create designs by painting, carving, or inlaying precious materials such as gold or mother-of-pearl.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Gold sculpture

    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.

  • 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.