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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.
Current Traveling Works of Art
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Before the Flood

CaixaForum, Barcelona


November 29, 2012–February 24, 2013

CaixaForum, Madrid


March 28–June 30, 2013

  • Man carrying a box, possibly for offerings

    ca. 2900–2600 B.C.


    Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1955 (55.142)

  • Cylinder seal: ritual scene before a temple facade

    ca. 3500–3100 B.C.


    Gift of Martin and Sarah Cherkasky, 1983 (1983.314.1)

  • Peg with kneeling male

    ca. 2900–2350 B.C.


    Gift of Norbert Schimmel Trust, 1989 (1989.281.6)

  • Fragment of a vessel with wheat stalks and a procession of bulls in relief

    ca. 3300–2900 B.C.

    Southern Mesopotamia

    Bequest of W. Gedney Beatty, 1941 (41.160.201)

  • Foundation figure of Ur-Namma holding a basket

    ca. 2112–2095 B.C.


    Gift of Mrs. William H. Moore, 1947 (47.49)

  • Inlay depicting male torso

    ca. 2600–2500 B.C.


    Rogers Fund, 1949 (49.134.1)

  • Votive figure

    ca. 2600–2350 B.C.


    Rogers Fund, 1950 (50.112.2)

  • Vessel

    ca. 2700–2600 B.C. (?)

    Mesopotamia, Diyala region

    Rogers Fund and Gifts of Lucy W. Drexel, Theodore M. Davis, Helen Miller Gould, Albert Gallatin, Egypt Exploration Fund and Egyptian Research Account, by exchange, 1950 (51.25.13)

  • Seated female figure

    ca. 2700–2600 B.C.

    Mesopotamia, Tell Agrab

    Rogers Fund and Gifts of Lucy W. Drexel, Theodore M. Davis, Helen Miller Gould, Albert Gallatin, Egypt Exploration Fund and Egyptian Research Account, by exchange, 1950 (51.25.4)

  • Stele of Ushumgal

    2900–2700 B.C.


    Funds from various donors, 1958 (58.29)

  • Model of a "plano-convex" brick

    ca. 2112–2004 B.C.


    Rogers Fund, 1959 (59.41.2)

  • Bowl

    ca. 2600–2500 B.C.


    Rogers Fund, 1962 (62.70.10)

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