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New and Upcoming Exhibitions
New & Continuing Installations
NEW AND UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS
Piero della Francesca: Personal Encounters
January 14–March 30, 2014
Through a special collaboration with the Gallerie dell'Accademia, Venice, and the Galleria Nazionale delle Marche, Urbino, The Metropolitan Museum of Art will host a focused presentationon the devotional paintings of Piero della Francesca, addressing Piero’s work for private devotion for the first time. The four works on view have never before been brought together; the exhibition, therefore, promises to make an important contribution to the study of this major figure of the Renaissance. It consists of: Saint Jerome and a Donor from the Gallerie dell'Accademia, Venice Madonna and Child with two Angels (the Senigallia Madonna) from the Galleria Nazionale delle Marche, Urbino Saint Jerome in a Landscape from the Gemaldegalerie, Berlin, and Madonna and Child from a private collection in New York.
The exhibition is sponsored by the Foundation for Italian Art and Culture. The loan of the Madonna di Senigallia is by arrangement with the Ministero dei Beni e delle Attività Culturali e del Turismo and the Italian Carabinieri Command (CCTPC) and is part of the Italian Year of Culture.
Accompanied by a publication.
Early American Guitars: The Instruments of C. F. Martin
January 14–December 7, 2014
Christian Friedrich Martin, founder of the great American guitar firm C. F. Martin & Co., was the son of a cabinet maker in Markneukirchen, Saxony. Martin learned to build instruments with the famed Johann Georg Stauffer in Vienna. Due to the restrictive guilds in Markneukirchen, Martin moved to the United States in 1833, settling first in New York City and moving later to Nazareth, Pennsylvania. In the United States, Martin encountered the Spanish style guitar and incorporated elements from that tradition into his own Viennese style of instrument construction. The result was a new form of the guitar, a style that would become important as a basis for other American makers of the instrument. The exhibition will include approximately 35 instruments from the Martin Museum in Nazareth, Pennsylvania, the Metropolitan Museum, and several private collections.
The exhibition is made possible by The Martin Guitar Company.
Antonio Canova: The Seven Last Works
January 22–April 27, 2014
Antonio Canova (1757-1822), the greatest of all neoclassical sculptors, remains famous above all for the elegant nude mythological subjects that he carved exquisitely in marble. But he also worked in a deeply serious, deceptively simple style. This less familiar Canova is revealed in an extraordinary series of full-scale plaster models illustrating episodes from the Old and New Testaments. Such models, used to review his compositions before they were transferred into stone, were a distinctive feature of his sculptural practice. These Biblical scenes were made in connection with a project for 32 low reliefs that were to adorn the Tempio Canoviano, the church in his home town Possagno, which later became the artist’s mausoleum. He completed only seven models before his death. Six come from the Gallerie dell’Accademia in Venice, and one from the Gipsoteca in Possagno.
Newly restored, they will all be lent for the first time to the United States. Drawing inspiration from ancient sculpture and early Renaissance masters, the models are striking for the marked linearity of the figures, arranged in brilliantly syncopated compositions. They constitute Canova’s last, profoundly moving masterworks.
Charles Marville: Photographer of Paris
January 29–May 4, 2014
Beloved for his pictures of “Old Paris,” made at the very moment when the city was radically transformed during the Second Empire, Charles Marville (1813-1879) was in fact a versatile and gifted photographer who worked in many genres, from romantic portraits and artistic studies in the 1850s to compelling images of cloud-filled skies and the scenic parks, street furniture, and modern construction of “New Paris” in the 1860s and ‘70s. This exhibition and its accompanying catalogue, which include both icons and little-known works, are the first to examine Marville’s life and career in their entirety.
The exhibition was organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington, in association with The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
Making Pottery Art: The Robert A. Ellison Jr. Collection of French Ceramics (ca. 1880-1910)
February 4–August 18, 2014
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 pieces by the master ceramists Ernest Chaplet, Auguste Delaherche, and Jean Carriès, works of imposing size, beautiful in shape and dazzling in their glazes. These works will be shown with others that inspired them, ranging from Asian ceramics to German stoneware.
The Flowering of Edo Period Painting: Japanese Masterworks from the Feinberg Collection
February 1–September 7, 2014
This exhibition draws on the holdings of noted American collectors Robert and Betsy Feinberg, who have created one of the outstanding private collections of Edo period painting outside of Japan. The exhibition consists of 93 works of Japanese painting, including 12 sets of folding screens and a number of hanging scrolls. There will be two complete rotations, each exhibiting about 45 works.
Radiant Light: Stained Glass from Canterbury Cathedral
February 25–May 18, 2014
This exhibition of stained glass from England’s historic Canterbury Cathedral features six Romanesque-period windows that have never left the cathedral precincts since their creation in 1178-80. The near life-size figures—masterpieces of Romanesque art—were part of an original cycle of 86 ancestors of Christ, the most comprehensive stained-glass cycle known in art history.
The exhibition is made possible by the Ruddock Foundation for the Arts.
The Passions of Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux
March 10–May 26, 2014
Featuring about 160 works, including sculptures, paintings, and drawings, will be organized around the major projects that Carpeaux undertook during his brief and stormy career. His genius for portraiture will shine particularly, and there will be groupings of drawings and models to trace the evolution of such masterpieces in marble as the Musée d’Orsay’s Prince Impérial with his Dog Nero and the Metropolitan Museum’s own Ugolino and his Sons.
The exhibition was organized by The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Musée d’Orsay.
The exhibition is made possible by the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Foundation.
Accompanied by a catalogue.
Press Preview: Monday, March 3, 10:00 a.m.–noon
Carpets of the East in Paintings from the West
March 11–June 29, 2014
From as early as the 14th century, oriental carpets were depicted frequently in European paintings. This exhibition will show different types of Islamic carpets paired with counterpart examples in Dutch paintings of the 17th century, a period when oriental carpets were widespread in the West and became a popular theme for European painters. All artworks are from the Museum’s collection.
The exhibition is made possible by The Hagop Kevorkian Fund
Lost Kingdoms: Hindu-Buddhist Sculpture of Early Southeast Asia, 5th to 8th Century
April 14–July 27, 2014
This exhibition explores the sculptural traditions of the Hindu and Buddhist kingdoms of early Southeast Asia, spanning the fifth to eighth century. It will present the results of recent researches in art history and archaeology, which have made it possible to define the cultural parameters of early Southeast Asia, a region that created some of the most exquisite sculpture of the Hindu-Buddhist world.
The exhibition is made possible by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation, the Henry Luce Foundation, and the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation. Additional support is provided by Jim Thompson America, Inc. and Bangkok Broadcasting & T.V. Co., Ltd.
Press Preview: Monday, April 7, 10:00 a.m.–noon
Goya and the Altamira Family
April 22–August 3, 2014
This exhibition features Goya’s four portraits of members of the Altamira family, including the so-called Boy in Red, one of the Metropolitan Museum’s most beloved Old Master paintings. Also on view will be a fifth Altamira portrait, by Agustín Esteve. This will be the first time these family portraits—now dispersed in public and private collections in Spain and the United States—will be seen together as a group.
Accompanied by a Bulletin.
Press Preview: Monday, April 21, 10:00 a.m.–noon
Out of Character: Decoding Chinese Calligraphy—Selections from the Collection of Akiko Yamazaki and Jerry Yang
April 29–August 17, 2014
The exhibition will feature more than 40 outstanding examples of calligraphy from the collection of Jerry Yang and his wife, Akiko Yamazaki, created by leading artists of the Yuan (1271-1368), Ming (1368-1644), and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties. The selection of calligraphies and their interpretation in the galleries are intended to speak to beginners and specialists alike, using artworks of the highest quality to introduce key concepts of format, script type, and style. Some of the most notable works are a standard script transcription of a Buddhist sutra by Zhao Mengfu (1254-1322); a clerical script transcription of the Thousand Character Essay in an 85-leaf album by Wen Peng (1498-1573); a powerful cursive writing by Xiong Tingbi (1569-1625), a Ming general charged with defending the Great Wall; a cluster of works by 17th-century Ming loyalists; and an important group of 19th-century pieces by the leading “Metal and Stone School” masters, who based their calligraphy on the archaic scripts found on bronze vessels and monumental stone steles.
Press Preview: Monday, April 28, 10:00 a.m.–noon
Charles James: Beyond Fashion
May 8–August 10, 2014
The Costume Institute’s new Anna Wintour Costume Center will open on May 8 with an inaugural exhibition examining the career of legendary 20th-century Anglo-American couturier Charles James (1906-1978). James’s design process will be explored focusing on his use of sculptural, scientific, and mathematical approaches to construct revolutionary ball gowns and innovative tailoring that continue to influence designers today. Approximately 75 of James’s most notable designs will be presented in two locations–the new Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch Gallery in the Anna Wintour Costume Center as well as special exhibition galleries on the Museum’s first floor. The latter galleries will spotlight the glamour and architecture of James’ ball gowns from the 1940s through 1950s, while the former will dramatize James’ biography via archival pieces including sketches, patterns, swatches, ephemera, and partially completed works. Video animations in both locations will illustrate how James created anatomically considered dresses that sculpted and reconfigured the female form.
The exhibition is made possible by AERIN.
Additional support is provided by Condé Nast.
Press Preview: Monday, May 5
Unique by Design: Contemporary Jewelry in the Donna Schneier Collection
May 13–August 31, 2014
A selection of approximately 100 pieces of jewelry, dating from 1960 to the present, drawn from The Donna Schneier Collection, which was given to The Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2007. The exhibition will provide a look at the international contemporary jewelry field, with works by approximately 76 artists from more than a dozen countries.
Press Preview: Monday, May 12, 10:00 a.m.–noon
Italian Renaissance Drawings from the Robert Lehman Collection
May 12–September 1, 2014
This exhibition features masterpieces of Central and Southern Italian drawing spanning the 15th and 16th centuries. Among the 45 works, Florentine drawings will be especially well represented by such celebrated Renaissance masters as Leonardo da Vinci and Antonio Pollaiuolo, while among the Southern Italian examples is a rare sheet by Antonello da Messina. Explorations of the human form through figure studies and portraits, as well as expansive compositional sketches for biblical and mythological narratives, present a wide spectrum of drawing types and subjects, both sacred and secular. The ensemble will highlight a broad range of drawing techniques and functions, from rapid preliminary sketches, sheets employed for transferring designs, and pages from sketchbooks to highly polished drawings intended for patrons. The exhibition will explore the evolving role of the medium during this dynamic period in which drawings were increasingly valued by contemporaries as expressions of artists’ creative processes and as highly prized objects worthy of collecting. Illustrating the relationship between theory and practice, the drawings will be considered in the context of 15th- and 16th-century treatises, which lend a contemporary voice to developments in technique and medium, as well as the role of drawing during the Renaissance.
The Pre-Raphaelite Legacy: British Art and Design from the Metropolitan’s Collection
May 20–October 26, 2014
The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, founded in London in 1848 by seven young artists and writers, was a creative watershed. Rebelling against academic convention, its members sought to revitalize painting by returning to a purity and profundity they admired in medieval and early Renaissance art. Although the Brotherhood dissolved by 1853, its members and their adherents continued to innovate. This exhibition will bring together approximately 30 works in a range of media from across the Metropolitan’s collections, exploring the development of Pre-Raphaelitism and its impact on British art and design from about 1860 to 1900. The focus will be on works created by the key figures Edward Burne-Jones, William Morris, and Dante Gabriel Rossetti, as they helped inaugurate Aestheticism and the Arts and Crafts Movement. A rich assortment of paintings, drawings, and decorative objects, some of them rarely on view and united here for the first time, will illuminate their shared pursuit of new ideals of beauty extending across the fine and applied arts. At a moment of renewed appreciation for British art of the later 19th century, the exhibition will highlight and consider afresh the Metropolitan Museum’s holdings in this important area.
Accompanied by a brochure.
The exhibition is made possible by the Lillian Goldman Charitable Trust.
Press Preview: Monday, May 19, 10:00 a.m.–noon
June 27–September 21, 2014
Garry Winogrand (1928-1984) is widely considered one of the greatest photographers of the 20th century. This retrospective will feature approximately 150 of the artist’s best-known photographs from his 30-year career with the camera. In both the content of his photographs and his dynamic visual style, Winogrand emerged from the 1950s to become one of the principal voices of the eruptive 1960s and early 1970s. His work simultaneously expresses the hope and buoyancy of the decades after World War II as well as a powerful anxiety. In picture after picture, Winogrand presents an America that shines with possibility even as it threatens to spin out of control. Organized for SFMoMA by photographer and author Leo Rubinfien (a protégé of Winogrand in the 1970s), the show seeks to reappraise Winogrand’s photographs for the first time since 1989.
Press Preview: Thursday, June 26, 10:00 a.m.–noon
The American West in Bronze, 1850-1925
December 18, 2013–April 13, 2014
This exhibition of 65 bronze sculptures by 28 artists will be the first to examine broadly sculpture’s role in the socio-cultural transformation of the American West between the years 1850 and 1925. Representations of American Indians, cowboys and cavalry, pioneers and prospectors, and animals of the plains and mountains served as visual metaphors for the Old West and, as such, were collected eagerly by an urban clientele. The exhibition will explore the aesthetic and cultural impulses behind the creation of statuettes with American western themes based on historical fact, mythologized fiction, or, most often, something in between. Among the artists represented are Frederic Remington, Charles M. Russell, and Paul Manship.
The exhibition is made possible by The Peter Jay Sharp Foundation, the Henry Luce Foundation, the Terra Foundation for American Art, and the Enterprise Holdings Endowment.
It was organized by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, in collaboration with the Denver Art Museum.
Accompanied by a catalogue.
Ink Art: Past as Present in Contemporary China
December 11, 2013–April 6, 2014
The exhibition will present 50-60 works by more than 30 contemporary artists active in China and abroad during the past three decades. Organized into three thematic groupings—the written word, new landscapes, and abstraction—the exhibition willdemonstrate that China’s ancient cultural pattern of seeking renewal through the reinterpretation of past models remains a viable creative path. Much more than a continuation of earlier art forms, this process embraces radical abstractions, subversions, or reinterpretations of traditional idioms as viable ways to define artistic identity that are quintessentially Chinese. Although the artists considered have all transformed their sources through new modes of expression, one may recognize thematic, aesthetic, or technical attributes in their creations that have meaningful links to China’s artistic past.
Accompanied by a catalogue.
December 3, 2013–June 8, 2014
The exhibition will coincide with an extensive program by the Central Park Conservancy to conserve the obelisk of Thutmose III, popularly known as “Cleopatra’s Needle.” Relying primarily on the Metropolitan’s own collection enhanced with several important loans from local museums and private lenders, the exhibition will explore the meaning of obelisks in ancient Egyptian divine and funerary cults and will consider how these massive monuments were created and erected. An equally important part of the presentation will show the importance of this ancient architectural form in western culture and how a long-standing fascination with obelisks ultimately led to the erection of the one in Central Park. This portion of the exhibition will be illustrated through a selection of paintings, prints, textiles, and other objects from the departments of European Paintings, European Sculpture and Decorative Arts, Drawings and Prints, and the American Wing.
Jewels by JAR
November 20, 2013–March 9, 2014
This exhibition will feature more than 300 works by one of the most acclaimed jewelry designers of the last 35 years, Joel A. Rosenthal, who works in Paris under the name JAR. The exhibition will be the first retrospective of his work in America. Rosenthal was born in New York, educated at Harvard University, and moved to Paris immediately after his graduation in 1966. It was there that he began to experiment with jewelry making and quickly became well-known for his designs of vibrant colors and organic shapes. Very early, Rosenthal revealed his special sensitivity to color, whether in the hue of an exotic violet sapphire, the shimmer of topaz and ruby, or the simple clarity of a perfect diamond. He has focused on the pavé technique and most often uses a dark metal alloy for the settings to highlight the gem color.
The exhibition is made possible by Phaidon Press Limited, Nancy and Howard Marks, The Ronald and Jo Carole Lauder Foundation, and Mr. and Mrs. George S. Livanos.
Accompanied by a catalogue.
Venetian Glass by Carlo Scarpa: The Venini Company, 1932-1947
Bashford Dean and the Creation of the Arms and Armor Department
Through October 13, 2014
November 5, 2013–March 2, 2014
The exhibition is devoted to the work in glass of the influential Italian architect Carlo Scarpa (1906–1978). Known primarily for his unique architectural designs, Scarpa’s abilities can be traced to an earlier stage in his career. In 1932 Scarpa was hired by Paolo Venini, founder of Venini Glassworks, to be an artistic consultant to the company. Until 1947, he worked closely with Venini master glass blowers and Mr. Venini himself to create over two dozen styles, in the process pioneering techniques, silhouettes, and colors that thoroughly modernized the ancient tradition of glass blowing. The exhibition will present the results of this unique collaboration, featuring nearly 300 carefully selected works that highlight the significant contribution that Scarpa made to the art of Venetian glass.
The exhibition is made possible in part by the Jane and Robert Carroll Fund.
Accompanied by a catalogue.
The Nelson A. Rockefeller Vision: In Pursuit of the Best in the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas
October 8, 2013–October 5, 2014
The Museum’s Department of the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas (AAOA) celebrates the genesis of its permanent collection with this exhibition. It is organized to mark the 60th anniversary of the establishment of The Museum of Primitive Art, the direct precursor to AAOA. The Museum of Primitive Art was a pioneering cultural institution that featured Nelson Rockefeller’s non-Western art collection. The announcement by Rockefeller of an agreement to transfer his collection to the Metropolitan was made in 1969 and in January 1982 the Michael C. Rockefeller Wing opened to the public. The exhibition highlights some 50 masterpieces and many unpublished documents selected from the more than 3,000 Rockefeller gifts encompassing three areas—Africa, Oceania, and the Americas; it will reveal Mr. Rockefeller’s vision for The Museum of Primitive Art, the first institution dedicated entirely to the artistic excellence of the arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas.
The exhibition is made possible by the Friends of the Department of the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas.
Feathered Walls: Hangings from Ancient Peru
September 16, 2013–May 12, 2014
Ten spectacular feather panels—probably hangings— made by the Wari peoples of southern Peru between about 700 and 1000 comprise this installation. Made of finely woven cotton cloth and measuring about seven by two feet on average, the panels are completely covered with the small iridescent body feathers of the blue and yellow macaw in an arresting design of large rectangles. They rank among the most luxurious and unusual works created by textile artists in Peru prior to the Spanish conquest in 1532.
The exhibition is made possible by the Friends of the Department of the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas.
To mark the centennial of the Arms and Armor Department, this exhibition surveys the career of Dr. Bashford Dean (1867-1928), the department's founding curator. A zoologist by training, Dean was for a time simultaneously a full professor at Columbia University, first Curator of Fishes at the American Museum of Natural History, and Curator of Arms and Armor at the Metropolitan Museum. At the Met, he worked initially as a guest curator in 1904, when he was invited to install and catalogue the Museum's first significant acquisitions of arms and armor. He continued on as honorary curator until joining the staff full-time in 1912 as head of the newly created Arms and Armor Department, rapidly building the collection into one of international importance. In the process he fostered an influential group of private collectors, established American scholarship on the subject, and laid the foundations for the growth of the collection as it exists today.
Accompanied by a Bulletin
The Costume Institute’s Anna Wintour Costume Center
Opening May 8, 2014
The Costume Institute galleries will reopen on May 8 as the Anna Wintour Costume Center after a two-year renovation, reconfiguration, and updating. The 4,200-square-foot main Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch Gallery will feature a flexible design that lends itself to frequent transformation, as well as a zonal sound system and innovative projection technology. The redesigned space will also include: the Carl and Iris Barrel Apfel Gallery, which will orient visitors to The Costume Institute’s exhibitions and holdings; a state-of-the-art costume conservation center; an expanded study/storage facility that will house the combined holdings of the Met and the Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection (which was transferred to the Met in 2009); and The Irene Lewisohn Costume Reference Library, one of the world’s foremost fashion libraries. The Costume Institute was last refurbished in 1992.
Press Preview: Monday, May 5
New European Paintings Galleries, 1250-1800
Opened May 23, 2013
The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s galleries for its world-renowned collection of European Old Master paintings from the 13th through the early 19th century reopened on May 23 after an extensive renovation and reinstallation. This is the first major renovation of the galleries since 1951 and the first major reinstallation of the collection since 1972. Gallery space has increased by almost one third, making it possible to display more than 700 paintings from the collection and giving the entire floor of galleries a grandeur not seen in half a century. The reinstallation also captures historical crosscurrents between countries and contacts between artists by placing them in adjoining rooms. The Metropolitan Museum’s collection of early Netherlandish, Italian, and French paintings is wide–ranging and includes landmark pictures, while its collection of Dutch school paintings must be counted among the finest in the world. As for individual artists, the representation of Rembrandt, Rubens, Vermeer, Poussin, Velázquez, Goya, and David is the strongest in the western hemisphere, and there are individual masterpieces known to every student of art history, such as Bruegel’s The Harvesters
and David’s The Death of Socrates
. Key works have been cleaned, conserved, or reframed, and important new loans complement the collection.
New American Wing Galleries for Paintings, Sculpture, and Decorative Arts
Opened January 16, 2012
This third and final phase of the American Wing renovation project comprises 26 renovated and enlarged galleries for the Museum’s collection of American art, one of the finest and most comprehensive in the world. The suite of elegant new galleries provides visitors with a rich and captivating experience of the history of American art from the 18th to the early 20th century. The centerpiece of the new installation is Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze’s monumental and iconic painting Washington Crossing the Delaware
. Twenty-one galleries feature the extraordinary collection of American paintings—including such masters as Gilbert Stuart, Frederic Edwin Church, Winslow Homer, Thomas Eakins, and John Singer Sargent. Interspersed among the pictures are American sculptures, notably the work of Augustus Saint-Gaudens. Three other galleries, together with a grand pre-revolutionary New York interior, display 18th-century American decorative arts, principally treasures of colonial furniture and silver. In The Henry R. Luce Center for the Study of American Art, a concurrent renovation includes additional casework, touch-screen case labels, and upgraded computer access.
Part 1 of the American Wing renovation project opened in January 2007 with galleries dedicated to the classical arts of America, 1810-1845. Part 2, inaugurated in May 2009, included the renovated Charles Engelhard Court and the Period Rooms. With the completion of Part 3, nearly all of the American Wing’s 17,000 works are now on view, constituting an encyclopedic survey of fine art in the United States.
New Galleries for the Art of the Arab Lands, Turkey, Iran, Central Asia, and Later South Asia
Opened November 1, 2011
More than 1,000 works from the preeminent collection of the Museum’s Department of Islamic Art—one of the most comprehensive gatherings of this material in the world—are on view in a completely renovated, expanded, and reinstalled suite of 15 galleries. The organization of the galleries by geographical area emphasizes the rich diversity of the Islamic world, over a span of 1300 years, by underscoring the many distinct cultures within its fold.
NEW & CONTINUING INSTALLATIONS
Metropolitan Vanities: The History of the Dressing Table
December 17, 2013–April 13, 2014
The exhibition will focus on the history of the dressing table, or vanity, exploring the antecedents presaging the modern vanity—beginning with Egyptian decorative boxes used to hold cosmetic ephemera and ancient Asian cosmetic carriers. The dressing table as we know it today originated in Europe in the late 17th century, specifically in England and France where high society patrons began commissioning luxurious specialized furniture from craftsmen and furniture makers. Few types of furniture have revealed more about changing social customs, leisure pursuits, and popular taste of the past several centuries than the dressing table.
Accompanied by a Bulletin.
Tibet and India: Buddhist Traditions and Transformations
February 8–June 8, 2014
This exhibition singles out two periods when the Buddhist Tibetan tradition drew from outside influences to develop new vocabularies of form. In the 11th and 12th centuries, after a period of political and religious disruption, contact with the great monasteries of North India led to considerable exchange. Looking from the Indian perspective, the exhibition examines how esoteric imagery, texts, and Vajrayana ritual practices contributed to reshaping the complex religious landscape of Tibet. Today, contemporary Tibetan artists are again addressing and incorporating ideas central to the current global reality, in an effort to recontextualize long-standing core Buddhist ideals. The exhibition will include five loans and 18 objects drawn from department holdings.
Flora and Fauna in Korean Art
Ancient Egyptian Goddesses and Royal Women: Treasures from
Through June 1, 2014
This small installation takes a close look at portrayals of plants and animals in Korean paintings, ceramics, lacquer, and textile. Noteworthy themes and motifs range from auspicious symbols like dragons, cranes, deer, and pine trees to emblems associated with the Confucian gentleman-scholar, such as plum blossoms, bamboo, and such quintessential flowers of the East as the peony and lotus.
Design Motifs in Byzantine Art
Through August 3, 2014
The installation features 15 medieval textiles, textile fragments, and articles of apparel that were created between the fourth and ninth centuries and bear decorative motifs such as flowers, grapevines, crosses of various kinds, birds, beasts, and humans. Some of these works entered the Metropolitan’s collection in 1889 and 1890, and were among the Museum’s earliest acquisitions. Because textiles are sensitive to light, many have never before been shown or are seldom put on view.
Fabergé from the Matilda Geddings Gray Foundation Collection
Through November 27, 2016
When Matilda Geddings Gray acquired her first piece of Fabergé for her niece, in 1933, she was already a wealthy and sophisticated collector, and the name of the Russian artist-jeweler Peter Carl Fabergé (1846-1920) was almost unknown in the United States. Since then, Fabergé’s art has become widely known and his exquisite objects are now internationally sought after.
This long-term loan features a selection from her collection, one of the finest in the world, and includes objects created for the Russian Imperial family, such as the Lilies-of-the-Valley Basket—the most important Fabergé creation in the United States—and three Imperial Easter Eggs.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Based exclusively on objects from the Museum's collection, this exhibition demonstrates the importance of female deities in ancient Egyptian religion and the influential role played by women in Egypt’s history.
The exhibition was organized by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York in collaboration with The Asahi Shimbun.
Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum July 19—September 23, 2014
Kobe City Museum October 13, 2014—January 12, 2015
March 5, 2014