A treasury of more than 2 million individual objects, tens of thousands of which are permanently on display including many of mankind’s greatest masterpieces, New York’s Metropolitan Museum is the Western Hemisphere’s most important art institution. Spanning the entire history of human civilization, the collection features not only paintings, drawings, prints, etchings, sculptures and photographs, but also historic period rooms, furniture, decorative objects, architectural fragments, archaeological finds, musical instruments, religious icons, arms and armor, fashion and costume design and so much more.
Opened in 1870 and in its current landmark location on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan since 1880, the museum has grown to include more than 400 galleries dedicated to arts divided into 17 separate curatorial categories. Among the most outstanding of these are the more than 70 galleries devoted to American art, 60 galleries devoted to European painting, 55 galleries devoted to Asian art, 50 galleries devoted to European sculpture and decoration, 40 galleries devoted to Ancient Egyptian treasures, 30 galleries devoted to Modern and Contemporary art and 25 galleries devoted to the art of Ancient Greece and the Roman Empire.
The display of American art, the finest in the world, totaling 17,000 works dating from Colonial times to the early 20th century includes paintings, sculptures, and decorative objects in gold, silver, glass and ceramic plus twenty fully furnished historic interiors as well as salvaged exterior architectural elements reconstructed within the museum’s American Wing where the collection is displayed. Visitors flock to see noted masterpieces like Gilbert Stuart’s iconic “George Washington” portrait from 1795, Emanuel Leutze’s monumental canvas capturing “Washington Crossing the Delaware” from 1851, John Singer Sargent’s controversial painting of “Madame X” from 1883, McKim’s sculpture of “Bacchante and the Infant Faun” from 1896, Saint-Gaudens sculpture of “Diana” cast in 1928 and Louis Comfort Tiffany’s circa 1905 “Laurelton Hall Loggia” complete with stunning examples of his stained glass windows and light fixtures.
Blessed by the largesse of the nation’s most noted philanthropists, the famed display of 2,200 European paintings encompassing works of art from the 13th through the 19th centuries, providing a survey of the art history of England, France, Germany, Holland, Italy and Spain, rivals that of any museum on the other side of the Atlantic. In the galleries devoted to Old Masters find renowned works like Duccio’s “Madonna and Child” from 1300, Giotto’s “The Adoration of the Magi” from 1320, Botticelli’s “The Last Communion of Saint Jerome” from 1490, Titian’s “Venus and the Lute Player” from 1495, Raphael’s “Colonna Altarpiece” from 1505, Bruegel the Elder’s “The Harvesters” from 1565, Caravaggio’s “The Musicians” from 1595, El Greco’s “View of Toledo” from 1596, de la Tour’s “The Fortune Teller” from 1630, Poussin’s “The Abduction of the Sabine Women” from 1633, Velázquez’s “Juan de Pareja” from 1650, Rembrandt’s “Aristotle with a Bust of Homer” from 1653, Vermeer’s “Lady with a Water Pitcher” from 1662, Tiepolo’s “The Triumph of Marius” from 1729, Goya’s “Condesa de Altamira and her Daughter” from 1787 and David’s “The Death of Socrates” also from 1787.
An entirely separate suite of galleries is devoted to French paintings from the 19th century, the finest grouping outside of Paris, complete with seminal works in the Impressionist and Post-Impressionist canon by a roster of artists like Cézanne, Degas, Manet, Monet, Renoir and Van Gogh. Look for stunning achievements like Cézanne’s “The Card Players” from 1890, Degas’s “The Dance Class” from 1874, Manet’s “Young Lady in 1866” from 1866, Monet’s “Camille Monet on a Garden Bench” from 1873 and “Houses of Parliament (Effect of Fog)” from 1903, Renoir’s “Madame Charpentier and her Children” from 1878 plus two of Van Gogh’s most celebrated canvases, “Self Portrait with a Straw Hat” from 1887 and “Wheat Field with Cypresses” from 1889 which the artist himself considered among his finest works.
Galleries devoted to European sculpture and decorative arts display not only sculptures from monumental to diminutive in media of all kinds from bronze to marble but also tapestries and textiles, ceramics and glass, jewelry and metalworking, clocks and mathematical instruments, furniture and wood carving, all from a collection that totals 50,000 individual pieces. Look for Bernini’s breathtaking marble “Bacchanal” from 1616, perhaps the collection’s most important sculpture along with Carpeaux’s “Ugolino and His Sons” from 1633, Houdon’s busts of the writer “Voltaire” and his own infant daughter “Sabine” both from 1788, as well as a 1985 cast of Rodin’s “Burghers of Calais”. Be sure to also seek out the “Gubbio Studiolo” designed by Francesco di Giorgio Martini in 1500, an intricately carved wooden study from an Italian Renaissance palace completely reconstructed within the galleries and among the museum’s most prized period rooms.
Encompassing works from 1900 to the present, the Met’s Modern and Contemporary art collection boasts not only iconic canvases and sculptures by Picasso, Modigliani, Matisse and Braque among its 13,000 pieces, but also masterpieces by early American modernists like Marsden Hartley, John Marin and Georgia O’Keeffe as well as definitive examples of large-scale paintings by Max Beckmann, Jasper Johns, Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko plus seminal interior designs from Josef Hoffmann and stunning Art Nouveau jewelry by René Lalique. Standout achievements gracing these galleries include Picasso’s “Portrait of Gertrude Stein” from 1906, Beckmann’s “Beginning” from 1949, Pollock’s “Autumn Rhythm (Number 30)” from 1950 and Johns’s “White Flag” from 1955.
In 2013, in one of the most valuable and generous bequests in the Met’s history, Leonard Lauder donated his collection of 78 Cubist paintings, drawings and sculptures including 33 Picassos, 17 Braques, 14 Légers and 14 works by Gris catapulting the museum’s holdings of masterpieces from this influential movement to perhaps the world’s finest. Among the most extraordinary pieces are “The Trees at L’Estaque” from 1907, considered the first Cubist painting and “Fruit Dish and Glass” from 1912, the first Cubist paper collage ever created, both by Braque as well as “Head of a Woman” from 1909, thought to be the first Cubist sculpture and “Woman in an Armchair (Eva)” from 1913, the first Cubist nude, both by Picasso.
The Met is also the repository of the Robert Lehman collection of 2,600 paintings, drawings, sculptures, illuminated manuscripts, textiles, antique frames, majolica and precious jeweled, enameled and glass objects, dating from the 14th to the 20th centuries and hailed as the most distinguished art collection ever privately assembled in the United States. Displayed in 13 special galleries designed to evoke Lehman’s private residence, the collection is especially rich in exceptional examples of Old Master drawings and Italian Renaissance paintings with Botticelli’s “The Annunciation” from 1486 the most renowned.
Comprising 35,000 objects, artistic, decorative, ritual and functional, from paintings, prints and calligraphy to sculptures, ceramics and lacquers to metalwork and textiles, dating from 4000 B.C. to the early 20th century, surveying the cultures of East Asia, South Asia, the Himalayan kingdoms and Southeast Asia, the museum’s Asian art collection is the largest and most comprehensive in the Americas. Highlights include the delicate ceramic statue of a “Female Dancer” from the second century B.C., the magnificent sixth century, 15-foot tall “Bodhisattva” and the “Buddha of Medicine Bhaishajyaguru”, a monumental painting from 1319, all three from China, the 12th century statue of the “Dancing Celestial” from India, the 12th century, wood carved “Dainichi Nyorai” or “Supreme Buddha of the Cosmos” and Hokusai’s “The Great Wave off Kanagawa” an iconic woodblock print from 1830 both from Japan. Take a moment to admire the peaceful “Astor Chinese Garden Court in the Style of the Ming Dynasty”, a painstakingly recreated traditional Chinese architectural design and one of the museum’s most distinctive attractions.
Second in breadth and depth only to those on display in Cairo, the collection of Ancient Egyptian art and artifacts, totaling 26,000 works of artistic, historical, and cultural importance is among the museum’s most popular attractions particularly “Temple of Dendur”, a first century B.C. religious structure dedicated to the Goddess Isis completely reconstructed within a stunning glass atrium looking out on Central Park. Other rare treasures to admire include the unique “Sphinx of Hatshepsut” from the 14th century B.C. commemorating the only female Pharaoh, the 13 “Meketre Models” that offer intricate representations of daily life in Egypt dating to the 17th century B.C., the ornate “Jewelry of Sithathoryunet” dating to the 18th century B.C. and the sculpture of the “Face of Senwosret III” also from the 18th century B.C. and among the most distinctive representations of a Pharaoh ever discovered.
Explore the amazing artistic achievements of Ancient Greece and Rome through the museum’s collection of 17,000 objects magnificently displayed in sweeping marble galleries that reflect the grandeur of the cultures and societies that created them. From small, engraved gemstone jewelry to black-figure and red-figure painted vases to statues in marble, limestone, terracotta, bronze, gold, silver, ivory, bone, amber, wood and glass to ornately decorated period rooms the collection surveys 4000 years of art history with the most singular works being the massive Greek “Kouros” or marble statue of young man from 600 B.C., the sixth century Etruscan “Chariot” and the Roman “Cubiculum Frescoes from the Villa of P. Fannius Synistor” from 50 B.C., an entire bedroom lushly painted with scenes depicting gracious living excavated from a home in Pompeii buried by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius.
Reopened in 2011 after a massive, multimillion dollar, 10-year renovation, the 15 Islamic art galleries stunningly showcase the display of 1,700 objects dating from the seventh to the 19th century. Comprising sacred and secular works that highlight the geometric patterning and intricate vegetal ornamentation known as arabesques and reflect the diversity and range of Islamic cultural traditions throughout the world, most noteworthy are the 11-foot-high, mosaic-tiled, 14th-century “Isfahan Mihrab” or prayer niche from Iran, the elaborate, 30-foot long “Simonetti Carpet” woven around 1500 in Egypt and the period “Damascus Room” from 1707 decorated in poetic verses and inlaid with marble, mother of pearl and semi-precious stones.
Tour nine galleries that survey the art of Africa, Oceania and the Americas selected from a collection of 9,000 objects representing fascinating and diverse aesthetic and cultural traditions from as early as 3000 B.C. to the present. Look for standout holdings like the 16th through 19th century decorative and ceremonial “Objects from the Court of Benin” in Nigeria, “The Jan Mitchell Treasury for Pre-Columbian Works of Art in Gold” complete with exquisite and exceedingly rare examples from Mexico to Peru dating from 300 B.C. to 1600 A.D. and the awe-inspiring wood carvings from the Asmat People of New Guinea particularly the sculpted “Bis Poles” and the almost 50-foot long “Chief Chinasapitch Canoe”, both from the mid-20th century.
Documenting the civilizations that constitute the cradle of civilization, seven galleries present art from 900 B.C. through 700 A.D. created over a sprawling expanse of the Ancient Near East centered between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers in Mesopotamia, extending north to the Caucasus, south to the Arabian peninsula, west to Turkey and Syria and east to Iran and the Indus River Valley. From a collection totaling 7,000 objects exhibiting a vast variety of forms, styles and materials reflecting the many cultures, cities, kingdoms and empires that flourished in the region, the most illustrious examples are the Assyrian “Lamassu”, dating to 880 B.C., monumental relief slabs and guardian figures of winged lions carved in stone from the Northwest Palace of Ashurnasirpal II at Nimrud in what is today Iraq.
Offering a broad range of firearms, swords and scabbards as well as protective military gear for men and horses used not only in conquest and defense but also in court pageantry and ceremonial events, representing the highest artistic and technical capabilities of the societies and periods in which they were made, the 11 galleries dedicated to Arms and Armor contain 800 objects on permanent display out of a collection totaling some fourteen thousand objects. Featuring examples from America, Europe, India, Japan and a variety of Islamic cultures that date from the early fifth to the late 19th century, the “Field Armor of King Henry VIII of England” from 1544, the “Parade Armor of King Henry II of France” from 1555 and the elaborately decorated “Colt Third Model Dragoon Percussion Revolver” from 1853 are among the display’s star attractions.
Trace the history of Medieval Art through 1,400 objects in eight galleries, ranging from early Celtic and late Roman ritual objects to the sumptuous household belongings of medieval courts to the rich religious iconography of Late Byzantium. Not to be missed are the six silver and gold plates depicting the life of biblical King David that comprise the renowned, sixth century “Second Cyprus Treasure” as well as the highly accomplished, French stained glass window from 1245 representing “Scenes from the Legend of Saint Vincent of Saragossa”.
Popular with families, more than 800 instruments are displayed in the five musical instrument galleries divided into those featuring Western instruments and those featuring non-Western instruments. Among the most distinctive treasures on display are Asian and African instruments constructed out of precious materials, finely crafted and sumptuously decorated instruments from the Renaissance and Baroque eras including several Stradivarius violins like the particularly fine “Antonius” from 1711 plus especially the rare, Italian “Cristofori Piano” from 1720, the oldest piano extant and “Appleton Pipe Organ” from Boston in 1830, the oldest and best existing example by America’s finest maker.
Exhibited intermittently in approximately three month intervals because of their fragile nature and susceptibility to fading, consult a museum calendar for information about which selections from the museum’s collection of more than one million drawings and prints created in Western Europe and America from the 15th century to the present are on display during your visit. Also with installations in the photography galleries changing on four to eight month rotations as well as larger special exhibition of the museum’s rich photographic holdings scheduled throughout the year, check to see which pieces will be on view from the permanent collection that spans the full history of the medium from its invention to the present day and includes the complete archives of Walker Evans and Diane Arbus.
The Met Costume Institute is the repository of 35,000 articles of fashionable dress, regional costume pieces and accessories for men, women and children dating from the 15th century to the present day. The collection is not on permanent public view but the department organizes fabled designer retrospectives each year which are among the museum’s most popular special exhibitions.
Top your visit off with a sojourn on the museum’s roof garden complete with breathtaking view of Central Park and the Manhattan skyline, cocktail bar and a new installation of large scale works by a contemporary artist every spring and summer. And for those who can’t afford the price of the museum admission, be advised that the entrance fee is regarded as a recommended donation and is voluntary. Visitors are entitled to pay what they can whether that’s full price or only a dollar and cashiers will accept whatever you offer allowing you to proceed unimpeded into the galleries.
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Must See in the Permanent Collection:
“George Washington” (1795) – Gilbert Stuart
“Washington Crossing the Delaware” (1851) – Emanuel Leutze
“Madame X” (1883) – John Singer Sargent
“Bacchante and the Infant Faun” (1896) – Charles McKim
“Diana” (1928) – Augustus Saint-Gaudens
“Laurelton Hall Loggia” (1905) – Architectural Elements by Louis Comfort Tiffany
“Madonna and Child” (1300) – Duccio
“The Adoration of the Magi” (1320) – Giotto
“The Last Communion of Saint Jerome” (1490) – Botticelli
“Venus and the Lute Player” (1495) – Titian
“Colonna Altarpiece” (1505) – Raphael
“The Harvesters” (1565) – Bruegel the Elder
“The Musicians” (1595) – Caravaggio
“View of Toledo” (1596) – El Greco
“The Fortune Teller” (1630) – de la Tour
“The Abduction of the Sabine Women” (1633) – Poussin
“Juan de Pareja” (1650) – Velázquez
“Aristotle with a Bust of Homer” (1653) – Rembrandt
“Lady with a Water Pitcher” (1662) – Vermeer
“The Triumph of Marius” (1729) – Tiepolo
“Condesa de Altamira and her Daughter” (1787) – Goya
“The Death of Socrates” (1787) – David
“Young Lady in 1866” (1866) – Manet
“Camille Monet on a Garden Bench” (1873) – Monet
“The Dance Class” (1874) – Degas
“Self Portrait with a Straw Hat” (1887) – Van Gogh
“Madame Charpentier and her Children” (1878) – Renoir
“Wheat Field with Cypresses” (1889) – Van Gogh
“The Card Players” (1890) – Cézanne
“Houses of Parliament (Effect of Fog)” (1903) – Monet
European Sculpture and Decorative Arts:
“Bacchanal” (1616) – Bernini
“Ugolino and His Sons” (1633) – Carpeaux
“Voltaire” (1788) – Houdon
“Sabine” (1788) – Houdon
“Burghers of Calais” (1985) – Rodin
“Gubbio Studiolo” (1500) – Martini
Modern and Contemporary Art:
“Portrait of Gertrude Stein” (1906) – Picasso
“Head of a Woman” (1909) – Picasso
“Woman in an Armchair (Eva)” 1913 – Picasso
“The Trees at L’Estaque” (1907) – Braque
“Fruit Dish and Glass” (1912) – Braque
“Beginning” (1949) – Beckmann
“Autumn Rhythm (Number 30)” (1950) – Pollock
“White Flag” (1955) – Johns
Robert Lehman Collection:
“The Annunciation (1486) – Botticelli
“Female Dancer” (second century B.C.) – China
“Bodhisattva” (sixth century) – China
“Buddha of Medicine Bhaishajyaguru” (1319) – China
“Astor Chinese Garden Court in the Style of the Ming Dynasty” (20th century) – China
“Dancing Celestial” (12th century) – India
“Dainichi Nyorai” (12th century) – Japan
“The Great Wave off Kanagawa” (1830) – Hokusai/Japan
“Astor Chinese Garden Court in the Style of the Ming Dynasty” (20th century) – China
“Temple of Dendur” (first century B.C.)
“Sphinx of Hatshepsut” (14th century B.C.)
“Meketre Models” (17th century B.C.)
“Jewelry of Sithathoryunet” (18th century B.C.)
“Face of Senwosret III” (18th century B.C.)
Greek and Roman Art:
“Kouros” (600 B.C.) – Greek
“Chariot” (sixth century) – Etruscan
“Cubiculum Frescoes from the Villa of P. Fannius Synistor” (50 B.C.) – Roman
“Isfahan Mihrab” (14th century) – Iran
“Simonetti Carpet” (1500) – Egypt
“Damascus Room” (1707) – Syria
Arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas:
“Objects from the Court of Benin” (16th through 19th centuries) - Nigeria
“Treasury of Pre-Columbian Works of Art in Gold” (300 B.C. to 1600 A.D.) – Central and South America
“Bis Poles” (20th century) – New Guinea
“Chief Chinasapitch Canoe” (20th century) – New Guinea
Ancient Near Eastern Art:
“Lamassu” (880 B.C.) – Assyrian
Arms and Armor:
“Field Armor of King Henry VIII of England” (1544)
“Parade Armor of King Henry II of France” (1555)
“Colt Third Model Dragoon Percussion Revolver” (1853)
“Silver Plates from the Second Cyprus Treasure” (sixth century) – Constantinople
“Stained Glass Window Depicting Scenes from the Legend of Saint Vincent of Saragossa” (1245) – France
“Antonius Model Stradivarius Violin” (1711) – Italy
“Cristofori Piano” (1720) – Italy
“Appleton Pipe Organ” (1830) – Boston
Metropolitan Museum of Art
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February 3, 2014 through July 20, 2014
Acknowledged as the leader of the nineteenth century British Arts and Crafts movement, William Morris through his enterprise Morris and Company produced a variety of decorative arts with textiles and wallpapers comprising a large portion of his artistic output. William Morris: Textiles and Wallpaper, presents examples of the exquisite original patterns created by the influential decor pioneer including, “Snakeshead,” (1876), “Evenlode,” (1883) and “Strawberry Thief,” (1883), printed on both fabric and paper, selected directly from the Morris and Company archives which the Met acquired in 1923.
April 14, 2014 through July 27, 2014
This exhibition presents the exceptional opportunity to view 160 sculptures, many designated as national treasures which have never traveled outside their home countries. The first international loan exhibition to explore the sculptural art produced in the earliest kingdoms of Southeast Asia, these works which are crafted in bronze, gold, silver, stone, stucco and terracotta were created by the Champa, Dvaravati, Funan, Kedah, Pyu, Srivijaya and Zhenla cultures of Southeast Asia, so called, “lost kingdoms,” of the first millennium whose identities and sometimes very existence only emerged during the twentieth century as a result of pioneering epigraphic and archaeological research. Our principal window into not only the artistic but the political and religious expression of these mysterious civilizations, the surviving works of art featured in the installation, made possible by unprecedented loans from the National Museums of Cambodia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and Myanmar which is making its first ever international loans to this exhibition, is augmented by works from the Musée Guimet in Paris as well as major museums in the United States. Included in the display are such renowned examples as the sixth-century, “Cambodian Buddha Offering Protection,” and the spectacular, “Krishna Holding Mt. Govardhana,” from the Hill Shrine of Phnom Da, in southern Cambodia, an, “Uma of a Deceased Khmer Queen,” of startling naturalism from the first half of the seventh century, an, “Ascetic Ganesha,” from the eighth-century religious sanctuary of My Son in central Vietnam, a Dvaravati Kingdom, terracotta, “Head of Meditating Buddha,” from the seventh century and a late seventh-century, “Avalokitesivara,” discovered in the Mekong delta of Vietnam in the 1920s, arguably the most beautiful image of the Buddhist embodiment of compassion in Southeast Asia.
August 6, 2013 through August 3, 2014
Woven in linen and wool and meant to be worn or to decorate domestic and religious spaces, the textiles on view in this exhibition, discovered in Egypt and dating to the first centuries of the First Millennium, feature unique design motifs that generally refer to abundance and prosperity, among them birds and beasts, personifications of the seasons, vine scrolls and members of the retinue of the wine god Dionysus. This is a rare opportunity to view examples acquired soon after the museum’s founding in 1870, many of which have not been displayed for decades due to their fragility.
April 22, 2014 through August 3, 2014
For the first time ever in the United States, eighteenth century Spanish master Francisco de Goya y Lucientes’s four exceptional portraits of the Altamira family are gathered together in one gallery joined by a fifth portrait of an Altamira family member painted by Augustín Esteve y Marques, one of Goya’s collaborators. At the center of the display is one of the Met’s most beloved Old Master paintings, “Portrait of Manuel Osorio Manrique de Zuñiga,” nicknamed the, “Boy in Red,” alongside the three other portraits Goya painted between 1787 and 1788 including, “Portrait of Condesa de Altamira and Her Daughter, María Agustina,” from the Met’s own Lehman Collection, the, “Portrait of Vicente Joaquín Osorio Moscoso y Guzman, Count of Altamira,” on loan from the Banco de Espana in Madrid, the, “Portrait of Vicente Osorio de Moscoso, Conde de Trastamara,” on loan from a private collection and Esteve’s, “Portrait of Juan María Osorio,” on loan from the Cleveland Museum of Art.
May 8, 2014 through August 10, 2014
This exhibition examines the career of legendary, twentieth-century, Anglo-American couturier Charles James, highlighting the resplendent glamour and breathtaking architecture of his legendary ball gowns while exploring his design process, specifically his use of sculptural, scientific and mathematical theories which continue to influence designers today. Featuring sixty-five of the most notable garments and accessories James produced over the course of his career, from the 1920s until his death in 1978, among the iconic James gowns presented in this retrospective are the, “Butterfly,” “Clover Leaf,” “Swan,” and, “Tree,” accompanied by animation, vintage images, text and even x-rays that deconstruct each example’s intricate construction and history. Ephemera from James’s life and work, including drawings, dress forms, maquettes, pattern pieces and scrapbooks add fascinating context to the display.
Out of Character: Decoding Chinese Calligraphy: Selections from the Collection of Akiko Yamazaki and Jerry Yang
April 29, 2014 through August 17, 2014
This exhibition presents the opportunity to explore more than forty outstanding examples of calligraphy by leading artists of the Yuan (1271–1368), Ming (1368–1644) and Qing (1644–1911) dynasties from the private collection of Jerry Yang and Akiko Yamazaki. Using calligraphy of the highest quality, the display introduces key concepts of appreciation of format, script type and style through exceptional works such as a, “Buddhist Sutra,” in a standard script transcription by Zhao Mengfu (1254–1322), an eighty-five-leaf album of, “The Thousand-Character Classic,” in a clerical script transcription by Wen Peng (1498–1573), cursive writings by Ming General Xiong Tingbi (1569–1625), selections by the preeminent calligrapher, painter, and art theorist of the late Ming dynasty Dong Qichang (1555–1636) plus an important group of nineteenth-century pieces by masters of the, “Epigraphic School,” who based their calligraphy on the archaic scripts found on bronze vessels and stone steles.
February 4, 2014 through August 18, 2014
This exhibition presents the recently acquired Robert A. Ellison Jr. Collection of European Art Pottery which is comprised of works produced during a period when French potters created technically experimental and aesthetically ambitious vases that revolutionized and expanded the boundaries of the ceramic medium. Works of imposing size in stunning shapes finished in dazzling glazes by the master ceramists of the period including Jean Carriès, Ernest Chaplet, Pierre-Adrien Dalpayrat, Albert-Louis Dammouse, Auguste Delaherche, Paul Gauguin, Hector Guimard and Georges Hoentschel are displayed with other works that served as inspirations ranging from Asian ceramics to German stoneware.
Unique by Design: Contemporary Jewelry in the Donna Schneier Collection
May 13, 2014 through August 31, 2014
This exhibition provides a close and complete look at more than eighty individual pieces donated to the Met in 2007 by collector Donna Schneier, dating from the 1960s to the present, designed by some eighty artists from seventeen countries, including examples by modern master jewelers such as Gijs Bakker, Manfred Bischoff, Peter Chang, Thomas Gentille, William Harper, Mary Lee Hu and Hermann Junger as well as avant-garde artist/jewelers Robert Baines, David Bielander, Lola Brooks, Attai Chen and Ted Noten, all of whom have contributed to the creative revolution in contemporary jewelry design. A collection that documents the central figures and works of this revolutionary era in jewelry design when makers broke tradition by questioning the use of precious materials and art jewelry entered a phase of critical introspection and material exploration on an international scale, highlights of the exhibition include the, “Monte Fiascone Brooch,” by Manfred Bischoff, the, “Raw Diamond and Oxidized-Silver Ring,” by Karl Fritsch and the, “Ebony and Eggshell Brooch,” by Thomas Gentille plus several pieces by David Bielander whose pieces mix copper-anodized silver and elastic polymer and Attai Chen who makes jewelry from paper, linen, coal and paint.
February 24, 2014 through September 1, 2014
This exhibition presents the work of contemporary artist Lucas Samaras, a compulsively productive filmmaker, painter, performer, photographer, sculptor and writer, drawn from substantial holdings already in the permanent collection augmented by a a group of additional works from a donation recently made by the artist personally which are making their public debut. Featuring sixty selections dating created from the 1960s to the present, in a two-part installation designed in collaboration with Samaras who painted the galleries with original decorations specially for this exhibit, the display includes examples that highlight the arc of the artist’s career, from his early, whimsical pastels and imaginative box constructions that open to reveal fantastic, sparkling objects in many hidden compartments to his later, innovative, geometric collages composed of fabric scraps and self portraits and panoramas that employ Polaroid photography to manipulate images into, “Photo Transformations,” to his iconoclastic paintings and drawings and more recent evolution into the use of computer-generated imagery.
Italian Renaissance Drawings from the Robert Lehman Collection
May 13, 2014 through September 1, 2014
Seldom displayed Renaissance masterpieces on paper from Central and Southern Italy created during the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries are featured in this assortment of drawings selected from the Met’s Robert Lehman Collection. Among the forty-two works included in the display, Florentine drawings are especially well represented including by celebrated Renaissance masters like Leonardo da Vinci while among the Southern Italian examples, a sheet attributed to Antonello da Messina is among the most exceptional.
Now You See It: Photography and Concealment
March 31, 2014 through September 1, 2014
This exhibition presents a selection of both early and contemporary photographs and video from the permanent collection by a diverse roster of artists including Dianne Arbus, Lutz Bacher, Thomas Demand, Mishka Henner, Vera Lutter, Jack Pierson, Miguel Rio Branco, Fazal Sheikh and Taryn Simon that explore the medium’s dynamic interplay between concealment and revelation, publicity and privacy and the simultaneous desire to be looked at and to evade the merciless gaze of the camera. Among the notable examples are Thomas Demand’s meticulous re-creation of a storeroom in which thirty missing works of art were discovered, Mishka Henner’s images of stylishly censored high-security sites on Google Earth, Vera Lutter’s majestic view of the interior of a Pepsi bottling plant, Grace Ndiritu’s video that explores the tradition of the veil and its complex contrast of exposure and effacement, Miguel Rio Branco’s lush image of the seams on a tapestry’s underside and Fazal Sheikh’s aerial photographs of the Negev desert in southern Israel which record the traces of Bedouin villages that have been transformed into forests or farmland.
February 1, 2014 through September 7, 2014
This exhibition presents a rare opportunity to view ninety paintings, hanging scrolls and folding screens drawn from the holdings of noted American collectors Robert and Betsy Feinberg, who have put together one of the premiere private collections of Japanese Edo painting. Comprising many masterpieces of the genre, the display provides not only the opportunity for viewers to appreciate works that are not ordinarily on public view but also to discover how Japanese painting evolved from the traditional modes of the orthodox output of the Tosa and Kano ateliers that dominated artistic production in the late medieval period to new, exuberant styles of the Rinpa, Nanga, Maruyama-Shijo and Ukiyo-e schools that thrived as the Edo period reached its apex.
Sol LeWitt: Wall Drawing #370
June 30, 2014 through September 7, 2015
Twentieth century American conceptual artist Sol LeWitt executed drawings by hand throughout his life, including compositions designed for limited duration and maximum flexibility applied directly to walls within a broad range of architectural settings. Emphasizing the creative idea that generates a work of art as opposed to its material existence, these pieces in their finished state were most often slated for destruction and only remain extant through documentary evidence. Executed by drafters, LeWitt’s 1982, “Wall Drawing #370: Ten Geometric Figures,” was recreated directly on a Museum gallery wall and will be on view until the exhibition’s completion when it will be painted over. Accompanying the wall drawing is “Composite Series,” (1970), a suite of five silkscreens based on the wall drawing plans which are among the artist’s earliest abstract prints.
June 27, 2014 through September 21, 2014
Bringing together 175 images captured by Garry Winogrand, renowned photographer of New York City from the 1950s through the 1980s, this is the first major retrospective of the artist’s work in 25 years providing a rigorous survey of the his complete working life, revealing the unique way he captured the full sweep of mid-twentieth century American life over the arc of his singular career. Included in the selections on display are many of Winogrand’s most iconic photographs from images of famous actors, athletes, captains of industry and politicians to hippies, soldiers, antiwar demonstrators and the construction workers who beat them bloody in view of the police to airports, cars, rodeos and zoo animals to everyday men and women on the street. Among the installations most unique examples are a trove of unseen prints chosen from the 6,600 rolls of film left undeveloped when Winogrand died suddenly in 1984 as well as the artist’s famed series of photos shot at the Metropolitan Museum in 1969 when the Museum celebrated its centennial.
Tiepolo Caricatures from the Robert Lehman Collection
June 30, 2014 through September 28, 2014
This exhibition of selections from the museum’s magnificent Robert Lehman Collection presents contemporary caricatures of eighteenth century Venetian life by the renowned father and son, Giovanni Battista and Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo. Featuring a cast of characters explored through two generations, the works highlight conventions of gesture, rhetoric, costume and performance. The exhibition also includes examples of Domenico’s, “Divertimento per li regazzi (Entertainment for Children),” a celebrated series of 104 drawings featuring the commedia dell’arte character Punchinello and the artist’s crowning achievement as a draftsman.
Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection
July 15, 2014 through September 29, 2014
The summer rotation of drawings and prints from the permanent collection focuses on selections from southern Europe and Mexico and covers over 450 years of art. Among the earliest works are examples by Italian Renaissance artists Vittore Carpaccio and Filippino Lippi as well as recent acquisitions by the French Renaissance artists Hugues Sambin, Sebastiano Conca and Paul Chenavard which have never before been publically displayed. A separate group of drawings and prints is devoted to masterworks created by Picasso over his seven decade career while the final and largest grouping is dedicated to twentieth-century Mexican prints inspired by the revolutionary politics of the Mexican Revolution of 1910-1920.
The Nelson A. Rockefeller Vision: In Pursuit of the Best in the Arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas
October 8, 2013 through October 5, 2014
This exhibition highlights 50 masterpieces and a trove of unpublished documents selected from the more than 3,000 works in the Metropolitan Museum of Art gifted by Nelson Rockefeller. The display features not only a selection of historically significant pieces first displayed in Rockefeller’s Museum of Primitive Art whose collection is now housed in the Met’s Michael Rockefeller wing including a tenth century A.D., stone sculpture of a, “Hunchback,” from Mexico, a thirteenth century A.D., “Feathered Tunic,” from Peru and a nineteenth century, “Mblo Twin Mask (Nda)” from the Ivory Coast, but also celebrates his singular appreciation of indigenous arts and honors his vision that the cultural and creative importance of art from Africa, Oceania and the Americas equals anything in the Western art canon.
Selections from the Collection of Jefferson R. Burdick
April 25, 2014 through October 5, 2014
An integral part of the Met’s collection of ephemera that tell the history of popular printmaking in the United States, the Burdick baseball card collection is the most comprehensive collection outside of the collection held by the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. Dating from 1887 to 1959, the cards on view document the history of baseball from the dead-ball era at the turn of the twentieth century, to the golden age of the twenties and thirties to the modern, Post-War era of the sport.
Bashford Dean and the Creation of the Arms and Armor Department
October 2, 2012 through October 13, 2014
In celebration of the centennial of the Arms and Armor department’s establishment and of the tenure of Dr. Bashford Dean, its founding curator, this exhibit offers a display of 60 recent acquistions and the unveiling of all new, larger, more legible labeling throughout the Arms and Armor galleries. Also included are historic photos that document Dr. Dean’s career at the museum and in the field.
The Pre-Raphaelite Legacy: British Art and Design
May 20, 2014 through October 26, 2014
Directing fresh attention to the Met’s exceptional although relatively unknown Pre-Raphaelite holdings, thirty objects highlight the second generation of the Pre-Raphaelite artists, particularly Edward Burne-Jones, Frederic, Lord Leighton, Ford Madox Brown, William Morris and Dante Gabriel Rossetti, all of whom rejected academic practices of the late nineteenth century as stilted and stifling and instead, inspired by medieval and early Renaissance art from before the era of Raphael, strove to produce work that was vivid and sincere. A selection of paintings including Rossetti’s, “Lady Lilith,” (1867), Jones’s, “The Love Song,” (1868-77), Brown’s, “The Convalescent,” (1872) and Leighton’s, “Lachrymae,” (1894-95), complimented by Morris’s book illustrations from, “The Well at World’s End,” (1898) as well as examples of ceramics, drawings, furniture, stained glass and textiles dating from the 1860s through the 1890s, demonstrate the enduring impact of Pre-Raphaelite ideals as they were adapted by a variety of artists and explored across a range of media.
The Roof Garden Commission: Dan Graham with Günther Vogt
April 29, 2014 through November 2, 2014
This installation comprised of curves of steel and two-way mirrored glass set between ivy hedgerows is the second in a new series of Met commissions for site specific works on the Roof Garden, one of museum’s most impressive spaces with its panoramic view over Central Park. Calling to mind a garden maze with a modernist skyscraper facade and a funhouse interior, this work explores the act of looking by transforming those who enter into performers glimpsing at their own reflections.
January 14, 2014 through December 7, 2014
This exhibit celebrates the lasting contributions of C.F. Martin to American guitar making through a display of thirty-five instruments from Met’s own collection as well as loans from the Martin Museum in Nazareth, Pennsylvania, and several private collections. The evolution of the objects in the exhibition mirror Martin’s own journey as he encounters the Spanish-style guitar in the United States after immigrating from Austria during the mid nineteenth century and then incorporates elements from that tradition into his own Viennese style of instrument construction, resulting in a new form of the guitar and a style that would become important as a basis for other American makers that followed.
Ragamala: Picturing Sound
June 14, 2014 through December 14, 2014
This display of South Asian paintings and musical instruments celebrates, “Ragas,” an Indian musical mode explored as a theme by painters during the eighteenth and nineteenth century. Capturing the essence or flavor of particular ragas as a parallel art form, these suites of paintings portraying the characters of a hero and a heroine, whose emotional states are presented in imagery related to songs of the seasons, evocatively express the intersection of art, music and poetry of the Indian royal courts.
Fabergé from the Matilda Geddings Gray Foundation Collection
This selection of works by fabled Carl Fabergé from the sumptuous collection of Matilda Geddings Gray, considered among the finest in the world, are on long-term loan at the museum and are the first Fabergé pieces exhibited publically in New York in almost a decade Works on view include fabulous examples originally commissioned by and created for the Romanov family like three, magnificent “Imperial Easter Eggs” plus the exquisite “Lilies-of-the-Valley Basket”, considered the most important single Fabergé item in a US collection.