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2015


2015

The Plains Indians: Artists of Earth and Sky
March–May 2015

The Plains Indians of North America captured the wonder and imagination of the western world from earliest contact, and remain today embedded in its consciousness. Plains Indian culture holds a significant place in European history and is fundamental to the heritage of North America. Indeed, the Plains Indian is the icon of all North American Indians for many people throughout the world. Through the presentation of more than 150 masterworks from both European and North American collections, the exhibition will offer an unprecedented view of the culture's aesthetic traditions over its long history—particularly as they were defined by continuous and monumental change during the first three centuries of Euro-American contact, and as they are being redefined today. Accompanied by a catalogue published by the Musée du quai Branly. Organized by the Musée du quai Branly, Paris, in collaboration with The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and in partnership with The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City.

Exclusive corporate sponsorship available for $500,000
Lead corporate sponsorship available for $300,000
Major corporate sponsorship available for $150,000

Sultans of Deccan India, 1500–1700: Opulence and Fantasy
April–July 2015

In the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, the Deccan plateau of south-central India was home to a series of important and highly cultured Muslim kingdoms. Invigorated by cultural connections to Iran, Turkey, East Africa, and Europe, Deccani art is celebrated for its unmistakable character: in painting a poetic lyricism; in architecture a somber grandeur; and in the decorative arts lively creations in inlaid metalwork and dyed textiles. This exhibition will unite about 165 of the finest works from the Deccan to create the most comprehensive exploration to date of this major subject. The exhibition will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue with essays by an international team of experts, published by The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Exclusive corporate sponsorship available for $500,000
Lead corporate sponsorship available for $300,000
Major corporate sponsorship available for $150,000

Navigating the West: George Caleb Bingham and the River
June–September 2015

Navigating the West will bring together for the first time seventeen of Bingham's iconic river paintings, exploring them as an extraordinary artistic series that chronicles the process of civilizing the nation by transforming the western wilderness. As an entrepreneurial effort, Bingham's series harnessed the fluid social worlds of the inland rivers and addressed the expectations of regional and national audiences during the 1840s and 1850s. Approximately forty of Bingham's masterful preparatory drawings will be included in the exhibition, enabling audiences to witness firsthand the artist's in-depth study and preparation for his paintings.

A special feature of the exhibition will be the revelation of newly discovered under drawings for Bingham's celebrated masterpiece, Fur Traders Descending the Missouri, in the collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, which will clarify how the artist achieved this powerful work. The project includes an innovative technical study comparing findings from state-of-the-art infrared analysis of the paintings with in-depth studies of the figural preparatory drawings, revealing how Bingham's meticulous creative methods resulted in compositions and characters that told carefully crafted stories on canvas. This dynamic exhibition will not only reveal how the Mississippi and Missouri rivers advanced the integration of the West into a national narrative, but how Bingham's paintings claim a place for western character and identity in shaping the United States. Organized by the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas, and the Saint Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, Missouri.

Partial corporate sponsorship available for $144,000

Kongo: Power and Majesty
September 2015–January 2016

Artists from a swathe of Central Africa that extends across present-day Republic of Congo, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Angola have been responsible for one of the world's great sculptural traditions. Their communities south of the Zaire River were historically united as part of a precolonial state known as the Kingdom of Kongo. The leaders of that polity developed close diplomatic ties with Portugal beginning in 1482. As a result of that engagement with the outside world, Kongo's political leadership elected to convert to Christianity. By the early sixteenth century Kongo's King Afonso I adopted Christianity as the official state religion and sent envoys to the King of Portugal and the Vatican. The global impact of this legacy has been unparalleled as a result of those early relationships and the subsequent diaspora to the Americas.

Kongo culture is epitomized by a landmark creation acquired by the Metropolitan in 2008—the commanding Mangaaka Power Figure that is an electrifying presence at the entrance to the Michael C. Rockefeller Wing. That work, attributed to the Chiloango River Master, was conceived to at once inspire awe for the preeminence of an abstract force of law and order, and instill in members of a Kongo community a sense of the consequences of their failure to do so. In Kongo society such works allowed the greatest sculptors of the day to give human form to an unbounded power. The dramatic visual impact of such works was intensified by virtue of the fact that they represented the outer limits of a broader sculptural tradition. Such creations stood at one extreme of a richly diverse artistic tradition that also embraced the most refined and delicate miniature figurative genres and abstract decorative arts that include finely embroidered textiles and ivory tusks adorned with carved geometric motifs.

In September 2015 the Metropolitan will present a special exhibition that will introduce the array of forms of material culture developed by Kongo masters responsible for their society's most exceptional creations. The selection of some 120 Kongo masterpieces will assemble for the first time twenty of the monumental power figures attributed to the Chiloango River Master. These nineteenth-century works will be historically grounded in relation to the earliest Kongo artifacts dispersed in European princely collections, where they have been preserved since the sixteenth century. The exhibition has been organized by The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Metropolitan will publish an accompanying catalogue.

Exclusive corporate sponsorship available for $500,000
Lead corporate sponsorship available for $300,000
Major corporate sponsorship available for $150,000

Between the Old and the New: Middle Kingdom Egypt
October 2015–January 2016

Arguably the least known of ancient Egypt's major eras, the Middle Kingdom (ca. 2030–1700 B.C.) was a transformational period during which artistic conventions, cultural principles, religious beliefs, and political systems first conceived and instituted during the Old Kingdom (from ca. 2650 B.C.) were revived and reimagined. This was an age that saw the creation of powerful and compelling works of art rendered with great subtlety and sensitivity. The exhibition will open with examples of how Middle Kingdom artists transformed crucial visual themes of the Old Kingdom and passed them on to the New Kingdom (1070 B.C.). The core of the exhibition will open with sections devoted to the distinctive early Middle Kingdom artistic traditions that arose in the south, the subsequent return to Egypt's traditional capital in the north, and the renewed construction of pyramid complexes. Art created for different layers of Egyptian society will then be highlighted in displays devoted to the pharaoh, the women of his family, courtiers, and the vital role of the family, including significant objects created by nonelite communities.

Egypt's relations with foreign lands will be explored and the importance of literature visualized. Magnificent objects created for tombs, chapels, and temples will be displayed, all of which reflect altered religious beliefs and practices such as the pilgrimage to the holy city of Abydos. The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue published by the Metropolitan Museum.

Exclusive corporate sponsorship available for $1 million
Lead corporate sponsorship available for $500,000
Major corporate sponsorship available for $300,000

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