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Exhibitions/ Collecting the Arts of Mexico

Collecting the Arts of Mexico

At The Met Fifth Avenue
July 17, 2015–September 4, 2017

Exhibition Overview

In 1911, Emily Johnston de Forest gave her collection of pottery from Mexico to The Met. Calling it "Mexican maiolica," she highlighted its importance as a North American artistic achievement. De Forest was the daughter of the Museum's first president and, with her husband, Robert, a founder of The American Wing. The De Forests envisioned building a collection of Mexican art, and, even though their ambitions were frustrated at the time, the foundational gift of more than one hundred pieces of pottery anchors The Met's holdings.

Today, more than a century later, their vision resonates as the Museum commits to collecting and exhibiting not just the arts of Mexico, but all of Latin America. This exhibition highlights the early contributions of the De Forests and others, and presents recent additions to the collection for the first time.

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in

Nicolás Enríquez (Mexican, 1704–1790). The Virgin of Guadalupe with the Four Apparitions (detail), 1773. Oil on copper; 22 1/4 x 16 1/2 in. (56.5 x 41.9 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Purchase, Louis V. Bell, Harris Brisbane Dick, Fletcher, and Rogers Funds and Joseph Pulitzer Bequest and several members of The Chairman's Council Gifts, 2014 (2014.173)