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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 collection 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 Around the World is designed and maintained by the Office of the Director.


The Met organizes large and small exhibitions that travel beyond the Museum's walls, extending our scholarship to institutions across the world. See our national and international traveling 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 national and 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 collections. See our national and international conservation activities 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 national and international excavation program from the Met's founding to the present.


The Met hosts 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 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 national and 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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Performing Images: Opera in Chinese Visual Culture

The David and Alfred Smart Museum of Art, The University of Chicago


February 13–June 15, 2014

  • Pipa

    late 15th-early 16th century


    Bequest of Mary Stillman Harkness, 1950 (50.145.74)

  • Theatrical Robe for the Role of a Princess

    late 19th century


    Gift of John A. Bross, 1970 (1970.274)

  • The Demon Queller Zhong Kui


    Yan Geng (Chinese)

    Purchase, The Dillon Fund Gift and Rogers Fund, 1990 (1990.134)

  • Bodhisattva Guanyin in the Form of the Buddha Mother

    dated 1620

    Chen Hongshu (Chinese)

    Purchase, Friends of Asian Art Gifts, 1992 (1992.197)

  • Wrist Rest with Scene from "The West Chamber"

    dated to either 1674 or 1734


    Purchase, Elizabeth M. Riley Bequest, 2006 (2006.237)

  • Album of 100 Portraits of Personages from Chinese Opera

    19th century


    Rogers Fund, 1930 (30.76.299)

  • Cup

    first half of the 19th century


    Purchase by subscription, 1879 (79.2.1281)

  • Huagu

    19th century


    The Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments, 1889 (89.4.2322)

  • The Last Three Months of the Year

    first half of the 18th century

    Workshop of Ding Liangxian

    Rogers Fund, 1923 (CP3)

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