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    About The Met Around the World

The Met Around the World presents the Met’s work via the global scope of its collections and as it extends across the nation and the world through a variety of domestic and international initiatives and programs, including exhibitions, excavations, fellowships, professional exchanges, conservation projects, and traveling works of art.


The Met organizes large and small exhibitions that travel beyond the Museum's walls, extending our scholarship to institutions across the world. See our international exhibition program from 2009 to the present.

Works of Art

The Met lends works of art to exhibitions and institutions worldwide to expose its collection to the broadest possible audience. See our current international loans program.


The preservation of works of art is a fundamental part of the Met's mission. Our work in this area includes treating works of art from other international collections, and advising on conservation projects and practices globally. See our international conservation program from 2009 to the present.


The Met has conducted excavations for over 100 years in direct partnership with source countries at some of the most important archaeological sites in the world. Today we continue this tradition in order to gain greater understanding of our ancient collections. See our international excavation program from the Met's founding to the present.


The Met hosts international students, scholars, and museum professionals so that they can learn from our staff and pursue independent research in the context of the Met's exceptional resources and facilities. See the activities of our current national and international fellows.

Exchanges & Collaborations

The Met's international work takes many forms, from participation in exchange programs at partnering institutions and worldwide symposia to advising on a range of museum issues. These activities contribute to our commitment to advancing the work of the larger, global community of art museums. See our international exchange program and other collaborations from 2009 to the present.

There are currently no international activities in this region.
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  • Laan in een park, Vincent Van Gogh. Courtesy of Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam.
  • Heide, Vincent Van Gogh. Courtesy of Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam.

The Van Gogh Studio Practice Research Project

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In 2009, a conservator from The Metropolitan Museum of Art was invited to join the Van Gogh Studio Practice Research Project based on her discovery and research of a previously unknown ink that Van Gogh used during his Arles period, and her expertise in pastels and chalks. Launched in 2005, the project, which is supported by Shell Oil, draws together an international team of conservators, scientists, curators, and scholars to study all aspects of Van Gogh's working process and the materials he used. It seeks to identify his complex array of materials and practices, his sources of supplies and information (such as artisans, treatises, colleagues), contemporary artists using similar materials, developments in the science of synthetic paint and ink manufacture that impacted his work, identification of materials he used that have altered in color or composition over the course of time, and his studio props.

Partnered with Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam; Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam; The Netherlands Cultural Heritage Agency (RCE); National Gallery, London; Courtauld Institute, London; Wallraf-Richartz-Museum, Cologne; Foundation Courbod; Morgan Library and Museum, New York; University of Amsterdam; University of Nottingham; University of Lisbon; and Shell Oil, The Netherlands
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