Current Exhibitions

  • Elaborate Embroidery

    Elaborate Embroidery: Fabrics for Menswear before 1815

    Through July 19, 2015

    This installation provides a glimpse into the world of vividly colored and highly decorative fashion that was a key component of an upper-class European man's life in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.

  • Robert Motherwell, Lyric Suite

    Robert Motherwell: Lyric Suite

    Through July 26, 2015

    In addition to a long and prolific career as a painter, American artist Robert Motherwell (1915–1991) was a dedicated teacher, a scholar of art and literature, and a champion of fellow artists. He was the youngest member of the "New York School" of Abstract Expressionists, whose name he coined and for whom he was a theorist and spokesman.

  • Cranach's Saint Maurice (detail)

    Cranach's Saint Maurice

    Through July 27, 2015

    Since its arrival at the Metropolitan Museum in 2005, Cranach's Saint Maurice has re-emerged from relative obscurity. While the image itself has reappeared from beneath deposits of accumulated grime and dark varnish following its conservation treatment, technical and art historical research have yielded new information about the historical context of this first black saint and the attribution of the work.

  • Immortal Holding a Peach

    Painting with Threads: Chinese Tapestry and Embroidery, 12th–19th Century

    Through August 9, 2015

    Drawn from the Metropolitan's superb holdings of Chinese tapestries and embroideries, this installation presents dramatic landscapes, flowers and birds, famous immortals, and stunning examples of calligraphy, showcasing the artistic imagination and technical sophistication of China's textile artists.

  • Tray with Flowering Plum and Birds

    Sumptuous: East Asian Lacquer, 14th–20th Century

    Through August 9, 2015

    This installation explores the many ways in which lacquer has been manipulated to create designs by painting, carving, or inlaying precious materials such as gold or mother-of-pearl.

  • A Fountain in the Public Garden (detail)

    Maurice Prendergast: Boston Public Garden Watercolors

    Through September 7, 2015

    From 1895 to 1897, Maurice Prendergast filled the pages of a folio album with drawings in watercolor, pencil, and pen and ink, sketched on-site in the Boston Public Garden. His radiant images captured the carefree recreation of cossetted children and their adoring families in beguiling snapshots. The album, later called the Large Boston Public Garden Sketchbook, very likely served as a presentation piece for publishers and other clients.

  • Portrait of Dikran G. Kelekian by Milton Avery (detail)

    Coptic Art, Dikran Kelekian, and Milton Avery

    Through September 7, 2015

    A 1943 portrait by the renowned modern American painter Milton Avery (1885–1965) of his friend Dikran Kelekian—a noted collector of modern paintings, Coptic, and Islamic art, and an influential dealer in Middle Eastern art of all periods—is the centerpiece of this installation.

  • Black Pump with Silver Fluted Heel and Beaded for Delman's Shoes, New York

    Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection

    Through September 28, 2015

    Highlights from the selection currently on view in this rotation include engravings by the Renaissance printmaker Giovanni Jacopo Caraglio (Italian, ca. 1500/1505–1565); Italian and French ceiling designs; new acquisitions of designs for gold- and silversmith's work; recently acquired French drawings of the Neoclassical period; 1930s shoe designs by Erté (French [born Russia], 1892–1990) for Delman's Shoes, New York; prints and a drawing by Lucian Freud (British, 1922–2011); and minimalist and calligraphic prints by Brice Marden (American, born 1938).

  • Scenes from the Life of Saint Augustine of Hippo (detail)

    Treasures and Talismans: Rings from the Griffin Collection

    Through October 18, 2015

    The rings featured in this exhibition at The Cloisters come from the Griffin Collection, named after the mythical creature that is part lion and part eagle. While the collection includes finger rings from across the ages, this selection focuses specifically on objects made in the ancient, medieval, and Renaissance periods.

  • Cy Young, Cleveland, from the White Border series

    Selections from the Collection of Jefferson R. Burdick

    Through October 20, 2015

    The Burdick baseball card collection constitutes an integral part of the Metropolitan's collection of ephemera and tells the history of popular printmaking in the United States.

  • Wolfgang Tillmans: Book for Architects

    Wolfgang Tillmans: Book for Architects

    Through November 1, 2015

    Over a period of ten years, Wolfgang Tillmans photographed buildings in thirty-seven countries on five continents to produce his installation Book for Architects. The 450 photographs are presented in a site-specific, two-channel video installation projected onto perpendicular walls.

  • Turf, with Jockey up, at Newmarket

    Paintings by George Stubbs from the Yale Center for British Art

    Through November 8, 2015

    Eight paintings by George Stubbs (1724–1806) have been lent to the Metropolitan Museum by the Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, while its Louis I. Kahn building is closed for renovation until 2016. The works are shown together with British old master paintings from the permanent collection.

  • Ceremonial Dagger (Bichwa)

    Arms and Armor: Notable Acquisitions 2003–2014

    Through December 6, 2015

    The permanent collection of the Department of Arms and Armor is one of the most encyclopedic in the world. To highlight the ongoing development of the collection's multicultural and interdisciplinary nature, this exhibition focuses on approximately forty works from Europe, the United States, Japan, India, and Tibet acquired between 2003 and 2014.

  • Rawat Gokuldas (r. 1786–1821) Hunting Tigers

    The Royal Hunt: Courtly Pursuits in Indian Art

    Through December 8, 2015

    Expressions of imperial authority are universally embodied in royal imagery of the hunt, rulers pursuing prey as metaphors for power, and martial prowess. This theme is celebrated throughout the history of Indian painting and became ubiquitous in later Rajput painting.

  • Alto Saxophone

    Celebrating Sax: Instruments and Innovation

    Through January 3, 2016

    This special display of instruments made by three generations of the Sax family marks the bicentenary of the birth of Adolphe Sax. Rare saxophones, brass instruments, and an exquisite ivory clarinet are among the twenty-six instruments selected to showcase the inventions and innovations of this important family.

  • Sol LeWitt | Line Drawing #370

    Sol LeWitt: Wall Drawing #370

    Through January 3, 2016

    In 1968, Sol LeWitt extricated his work from the confines of the frame and transferred it directly to the wall. His 1982 Wall Drawing #370: Ten Geometric Figures (including right triangle, cross, X, diamond) with three-inch parallel bands of lines in two directions will be on view through January 3, 2016.

  • Gold sculpture

    Korea: 100 Years of Collecting at the Met

    Through March 27, 2016

    When the Department of Far Eastern Art was established at the Metropolitan in the summer of 1915, the Museum possessed only sixty-five Korean works. Today, Korea's traditional arts, as well as pop music, film, and drama, are celebrated markers of global culture. The Museum's collection of Korean art now encompasses works in a wide range of media that date from the late Bronze Age to the present.

  • Pillow in the Form of an Infant Boy

    A Passion for Jade: The Heber Bishop Collection

    Through June 19, 2016

    Consisting of over one thousand pieces, Heber R. Bishop's collection of carved jades was the first major collection of its kind in the country and was bequeathed to the Metropolitan Museum in 1902. This exhibition features a selection of the finest examples from this renowned collection.

  • Fabergé

    Fabergé from the Matilda Geddings Gray Foundation Collection

    Through November 27, 2016

    This selection of works by Fabergé from Matilda Geddings Gray's sumptuous collection is on long-term loan at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Iconic works from the House of Fabergé have not been on public view in New York since 2004.