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2014

Kimono: A Modern History
September 2014–January 2015

Kimono: A Modern History focuses on the evolution of designs on Japanese garments from the seventeenth century to the present day, and relates the fascinating story of the survival of indigenous traditional dress, even as international fashion trends captivated elite societies around the world. The kimono is a simple garment, but one with a complex history shaped by the evolution of weaving, dyeing, and embroidery techniques. Japanese textile design mirrors trends in the pictorial and decorative arts of every era, and can be treated as a distinctive art form in its own right. Kimono also shed light on Japan's encounters with the outside world, especially China in the premodern period and with the West in the modern times. The exhibition features both sumptuous garments custom-made for wealthy patrons and everyday wear available for sale to the general public—yet all share a concern with a harmonious unity of fine arts and craftsmanship. The kimono has long served as a tableau on which to inscribe, describe, and absorb the effects of modernization, and chronicles Japan's efforts to shape its national identity on the world stage. Over fifty kimono will be on display in the Japanese galleries, with approximately twenty robes borrowed from private and public collections. The displays will be complemented by paintings, prints, and illustrated books, as well as lacquerware and ceramics that present kimono as a pictorial theme.

Exclusive corporate sponsorship available for $125,000

Grand Design: Pieter Coecke van Aelst and Renaissance Tapestry
October 2014–January 2015

This international loan exhibition will explore the achievements of the great northern Renaissance master Pieter Coecke van Aelst (1502–1550). As the impressive body of his surviving drawings makes clear, Coecke was a master designer, devising projects across media—from tapestry series to panel paintings, prints, stained glass, and goldsmith's work. The exhibition will unite twenty of the grand tapestries he designed, woven in the great workshops of Brussels for collectors from Emperor Charles V, France's François Ier, and Henry VIII of England, to Cosimo de Medici, juxtaposed with a selection of his panel paintings, including a monumental triptych and more than thirty drawings and prints. Coecke was also the translator and editor of influential Italian and architectural treatises that will be included in the exhibition. In the midst of this productivity, Coecke traveled extensively, and among the exhibits will be the fascinating woodcut frieze he designed, over fourteen feet in length, recording his experiences in Constantinople. Accompanied by a catalogue published by the Metropolitan Museum.

Lead corporate sponsorship available for $500,000

Death Becomes Her: A Century of Mourning Attire
October 2014–February 2015

Death Becomes Her will examine mourning dress of the nineteenth century, the period during which it reached its apogee, as complex details of etiquette became codified and widely accepted and mourning increasingly conformed to the dictates of fashionable dress. Presenting a survey of mourning fashions through a range of representative silhouettes, the exhibition will reveal the cultural significance of mourning dress, its aesthetic development, and its influence on the garment and textile trades. Highlighting examples of mourning dress, jewelry, and complimentary accessories, Death Becomes Her will explore the symbolism embedded in these objects and illuminate the role of sartorial display in nineteenth-century rituals of bereavement.

The image of a widow in mourning was fraught with social and cultural implications. The dramatic black silhouette of a woman in a state of bereavement could elicit the sympathy of society, but, despite its obvious propriety, mourning dress was also a sign of the social ambiguity of a woman cast into a new role. She could be a model of austere probity, or, lacking a spouse and protector, someone vulnerable to the predation of fortune seekers and opportunistic libertines. Alternatively, as a woman of sexual experience and estranged from marital constraints, she could be imagined as dangerously free, a "Black Widow." As mourning dress modifies—but does not repudiate—fashion, the black dress of the widow becomes the most clarified expression of the high style silhouettes of its time. The renunciation of color and pattern does not result in the absence of allure.

Exclusive corporate sponsorship available for $500,000

El Greco in New York
November 2014–February 2015

In commemoration of the four-hundredth anniversary of the death of El Greco, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Frick Collection will jointly host a display of his paintings in New York museums—the richest assemblage outside of Spain. Thanks to the collaboration of the Hispanic Society, this will be a mini-exhibition on the artist at the Metropolitan. The combined works in these two collections cover his entire career, beginning with his arrival in Venice in 1567, his move to Rome in 1570, and his long residence in Toledo, Spain, where he died in 1614. Religious paintings, portraits, and his View of Toledo make this a unique assemblage. The centerpiece of the Frick's display will be his astonishing portrait of Vincenzo Anastagi, painted in Rome prior to his departure for Spain in 1577. No other Old Master painter has had such a profound impact on the genesis of modern painting, and this exhibition will allow visitors to reacquaint themselves with one of the most original artists of the European tradition.

Exclusive corporate sponsorship available for $125,000

Bartholomeus Spranger: Splendor and Eroticism in Imperial Prague
November 2014–February 2015

This exhibition will be the first to examine the life and artistic triumphs of Bartholomeus Spranger (1546–1611), the most prominent artist of the imperial court in Prague. Spranger's rare paintings, drawings, and engravings from museums and private collections around the world will collectively document his formative years in Antwerp, Italy, and Vienna, his artistic influences and teachers such as the Zuccari, and his later influence throughout Europe as the leader and founder of the Prague school, a school stylistically related to the Italian Mannerists. A major force in Eurpoean art circa 1600, Spranger was the star in the galaxy of Emperor Rudolf II's artists, composing works imbued with eroticism and erudition. The diversity of geography and subject matter, comprising landscapes, portraits, religious, and mythological themes seen throughout this exhibition offers a kaleidoscope of visual enjoyment, exquisite art, and cultural achievement. Accompanied by a catalogue published by the Metropolitan Museum.

Lead corporate sponsorship available for $300,000

Warriors and Mothers: Epic Mbembe Art
December 2014–September 2015

Among the earliest wood sculptures preserved from Africa and the most visually dramatic is a small group of masterpieces from southeastern Nigeria. Their subjects are seated figures of mothers nurturing children and aggressive male warriors that were for the most part originally an integral part of monumental carved drums positioned at the epicenter of spiritual life in Mbembe communities. Their exposure to the elements over the centuries has resulted in intensive weathering that has distilled these representations to their very essence. In 1974 these monumental figurative works, striking for their synthesis of intense rawness and poetry, came to the attention of the art world in a Paris gallery where they were exhibited for the first time. Since then they have been dispersed internationally and become the centerpieces of major collections—including the Louvre's Pavilion des Session that highlights forty-five masterpieces of African art drawn from the not inconsiderable French national collections, the Beyeler Foundation in Basel where major African and Oceanic sculptures are interspersed with paintings by Modernist masters, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Michael C. Rockefeller Wing. This exhibition gathers together the seventeen electrifying surviving creations from this tradition to present them to American audiences for the first time.

Exclusive corporate sponsorship available for $150,000

The Winchester Bible: A Masterpiece of Medieval Art
December 2014–March 2015

The magisterial Winchester Bible is one of the pivotal landmarks of medieval art around 1200, bridging the Romanesque and Gothic worlds. It is the single greatest surviving manuscript treasure of Winchester Cathedral, the Anglo-Saxon royal seat and capital before moving to Westminster. Two (out of four) volumes of the Bible will be shown with the Morgan Leaf, the single most important full-page miniature from the Winchester Bible to survive. (The availability of the two volumes is due to planned renovations at Winchester Cathedral.) The items will be shown in the Met's permanent galleries, where works from its collection provide a context.

Exclusive corporate sponsorship available for $100,000

Ennion: Master of Roman Glass
December 2014–April 2015

The invention of glassblowing in the late first century B.C. was one of the most momentous technological advances of the ancient world, stimulating the growth of a glass industry throughout the Roman Empire. It also provided the impetus for the flowering of glassworking as an artistic endeavor, allowing craftsmen much greater flexibility in the shapes of vessels they could create and the types of decoration they could employ. Mold-blowing, which developed around the turn of the millennium, played an important part in this phenomenon. Glass vessels signed by Ennion are the most outstanding examples of Roman mold-blown glass production in the first century A.D. His work displays a creativity, elegance, and innovation that are unsurpassed. This special exhibition will be the first devoted to ancient glass ever to be held at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Exclusive corporate sponsorship available for $100,000


2015

Captain Linnaeus Tripe: Photographer of India and Burma, 1854–1860
February–May 2015

Linnaeus Tripe (1822–1902) began to photograph in Britain in the early 1850s, while on leave from his post as an officer in the 12th Madras Infantry. He mastered the medium's chemical and optical complexities with a self-confident ease and elegant dexterity that distinguished his entire career. Soon after he returned to India in 1854 he was appointed an "Artist in Photography" to accompany a mission to the court of Ava, Burma, where he made over 200 large-format paper negatives, from which 120 were selected to be printed in an edition of 50. The second phase of Tripe's photographic career began in 1856 with his appointment as the "Photographer to the Madras Government," with a mandate to document "the objects in the Presidency that are interesting to the Antiquary, Architect, Sculptor, Mythologist, and Historian." As if to underline the purposeful rigor of this task, he added by way of an aside, "the Picturesque may be allowed perhaps, supplementally." With these objects in mind Tripe began a four-month tour of southeast India in late 1857, photographing at Ryacotta, Madura, Poodoocotta, Tanjore, Trichinopoly, and for the next three years dedicated himself to publishing nine portfolios in a series called Photographic Views.

Other venues: National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. (September 2014–January 2015); Victoria and Albert Museum, London (June–October 2015). Accompanied by a catalogue published by the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. Organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, in association with the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Exclusive corporate sponsorship available for $215,000

The Plains Indians: Artists of Earth and Sky
March–May 2015

The Plains Indians of North America captured the wonder and imagination of the western world from earliest contact, and remain today embedded in its consciousness. Plains Indian culture holds a significant place in European history and is fundamental to the heritage of North America. Indeed, the Plains Indian is the icon of all North American Indians for many people throughout the world. Through the presentation of more than 150 masterworks from both European and North American collections, the exhibition will offer an unprecedented view of the culture's aesthetic traditions over its long history—particularly as they were defined by continuous and monumental change during the first three centuries of Euro-American contact, and as they are being redefined today. Accompanied by a catalogue published by the musée du quai Branly. Organized by the musée du quai Branly, Paris, in collaboration with The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and in partnership with The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City.

Exclusive corporate sponsorship available for $750,000
Lead corporate sponsorship available for $500,000
Major corporate sponsorship available for $300,000

Art of India's Deccan Sultans, ca. 1500–1750
April–July 2015

In the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, the Deccan plateau of south-central India was home to a series of important and highly cultured Muslim kingdoms. Invigorated by cultural connections to Iran, Turkey, East Africa, and Europe, Deccani art is celebrated for its unmistakable character: in painting a poetic lyricism; in architecture a somber grandeur; and in the decorative arts lively creations in inlaid metalwork and dyed textiles. This exhibition will unite about 165 of the finest works from the Deccan to create the most comprehensive exploration to date of this major subject. The exhibition will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue with essays by an international team of experts, published by The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Exclusive corporate sponsorship available for $1 million
Lead corporate sponsorship available for $500,000
Major corporate sponsorship available for $300,000

Navigating the West: George Caleb Bingham and the River
June–September 2015

Navigating the West will bring together for the first time seventeen of Bingham's iconic river paintings, exploring them as an extraordinary artistic series that chronicles the process of civilizing the nation by transforming the western wilderness. As an entrepreneurial effort, Bingham's series harnessed the fluid social worlds of the inland rivers and addressed the expectations of regional and national audiences during the 1840s and 1850s. Approximately forty of Bingham's masterful preparatory drawings will be included in the exhibition, enabling audiences to witness firsthand the artist's in-depth study and preparation for his paintings.

A special feature of the exhibition will be the revelation of newly discovered under drawings for Bingham's celebrated masterpiece, Fur Traders Descending the Missouri, in the collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, which will clarify how the artist achieved this powerful work. The project includes an innovative technical study comparing findings from state-of-the-art infrared analysis of the paintings with in-depth studies of the figural preparatory drawings, revealing how Bingham's meticulous creative methods resulted in compositions and characters that told carefully crafted stories on canvas. This dynamic exhibition will not only reveal how the Mississippi and Missouri rivers advanced the integration of the West into a national narrative, but how Bingham's paintings claim a place for western character and identity in shaping the United States. Organized by the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas, and the Saint Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, Missouri.

Partial corporate sponsorship available for $144,000

Kongo: Power and Majesty
September 2015–January 2016

Artists from a swathe of Central Africa that extends across present-day Republic of Congo, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Angola have been responsible for one of the world's great sculptural traditions. Their communities south of the Zaire River were historically united as part of a precolonial state known as the Kingdom of Kongo. The leaders of that polity developed close diplomatic ties with Portugal beginning in 1482. As a result of that engagement with the outside world, Kongo's political leadership elected to convert to Christianity. By the early sixteenth century Kongo's King Afonso I adopted Christianity as the official state religion and sent envoys to the King of Portugal and the Vatican. The global impact of this legacy has been unparalleled as a result of those early relationships and the subsequent diaspora to the Americas.

Kongo culture is epitomized by a landmark creation acquired by the Metropolitan in 2008—the commanding Mangaaka Power Figure that is an electrifying presence at the entrance to the Michael C. Rockefeller Wing. That work, attributed to the Chiloango River Master, was conceived to at once inspire awe for the preeminence of an abstract force of law and order, and instill in members of a Kongo community a sense of the consequences of their failure to do so. In Kongo society such works allowed the greatest sculptors of the day to give human form to an unbounded power. The dramatic visual impact of such works was intensified by virtue of the fact that they represented the outer limits of a broader sculptural tradition. Such creations stood at one extreme of a richly diverse artistic tradition that also embraced the most refined and delicate miniature figurative genres and abstract decorative arts that include finely embroidered textiles and ivory tusks adorned with carved geometric motifs.

In September 2015 the Metropolitan will present a special exhibition that will introduce the array of forms of material culture developed by Kongo masters responsible for their society's most exceptional creations. The selection of some 120 Kongo masterpieces will assemble for the first time twenty of the monumental power figures attributed to the Chiloango River Master. These nineteenth-century works will be historically grounded in relation to the earliest Kongo artifacts dispersed in European princely collections, where they have been preserved since the sixteenth century. The exhibition has been organized by The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Metropolitan will publish an accompanying catalogue.

Exclusive and partial corporate sponsorship at the Metropolitan Museum available.

Between the Old and the New: Middle Kingdom Egypt
October 2015–January 2016

Arguably the least known of ancient Egypt's major eras, the Middle Kingdom (ca. 2030–1700 B.C.) was a transformational period during which artistic conventions, cultural principles, religious beliefs, and political systems first conceived and instituted during the Old Kingdom (from ca. 2650 B.C.) were revived and reimagined. This was an age that saw the creation of powerful and compelling works of art rendered with great subtlety and sensitivity. The exhibition will open with examples of how Middle Kingdom artists transformed crucial visual themes of the Old Kingdom and passed them on to the New Kingdom (1070 B.C.). The core of the exhibition will open with sections devoted to the distinctive early Middle Kingdom artistic traditions that arose in the south, the subsequent return to Egypt's traditional capital in the north, and the renewed construction of pyramid complexes. Art created for different layers of Egyptian society will then be highlighted in displays devoted to the pharaoh, the women of his family, courtiers, and the vital role of the family, including significant objects created by nonelite communities.

Egypt's relations with foreign lands will be explored and the importance of literature visualized. Magnificent objects created for tombs, chapels, and temples will be displayed, all of which reflect altered religious beliefs and practices such as the pilgrimage to the holy city of Abydos. The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue published by the Metropolitan Museum.

Exclusive corporate sponsorship available for $1 million
Partial corporate sponsorship available for $500,000

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