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Featured Exhibition  |  Closing Soon | Now On View  |  Opening Today

Winter is almost over and spring is poised to take its place. Come celebrate the changing seasons at the Met, where several exhibitions are closing to make way for exciting new exhibitions opening this spring and summer. This month, don’t miss the chance to see exhilarating African-American art, illuminated choir books, and contemporary photography.

Stop by to enjoy an after-work visit to the galleries or to meet friends in the Balcony Bar for live classical music and a light snack. Experience the captivating ambience of the galleries when the Met is open late on Friday and Saturday evenings!

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Featured Exhibition


Pierre Bonnard: The Late Interiors

Through April 19


The first exhibition to focus entirely on the radiant late interiors and still lifes of Pierre Bonnard (1867–1947), the 80 paintings, drawings, and watercolors on display date from the artist’s later years, when he centered his painting activity in his pink stucco house overlooking the Mediterranean in the village of Le Cannet. Working in a converted upstairs bedroom, Bonnard transformed the rooms and objects that surrounded him into iridescent subjects, remarkable in color, light, and vision. Compelling metaphors for a range of sensations, the late paintings convey a disquieting effect. It is these luminous late interiors that define Bonnard’s modernism and prompt a reappraisal of his reputation in the history of 20th-century art. See the exhibition preview for more information, including sponsorship credits.


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Closing Soon

Provocative Visions: Race and Identity—Selections from the Permanent Collection

Through March 22


The installation features new acquisitions from the past 15 years on view at the Museum for the first time. Included are sculptures and prints by contemporary African-American artists—Chakaia Booker, Willie Cole, Glenn Ligon, Whitfield Lovell, Alison Saar, Lorna Simpson, and Kara Walker—who confront issues of racial heritage and identity. See the exhibition preview for more information.


View Images  |  Audio Guide  |  Read a Review in The New York Times  |  See the CBS2 Feature Video

You may also be interested in a Met Podcast episode featuring Kara Walker:
Kara Walker at the Met: After the Deluge.

Choirs of Angels: Painting in Italian Choir Books, 1300–1500

Through April 12


Some two dozen leaves of the most splendid examples from the Museum’s little-known collection of choral manuscript illuminations are exhibited, coinciding with the publication of a Museum Bulletin devoted to the subject. With jewel-like color and gold leaf, these precious images—which include scenes of singing angels, Hebrew prophets, heroic saints, and Renaissance princes—spring from the unique, artful marriage of painting, text, and music. The Museum’s collection includes works created for churches across Italy, from Florence to Venice and from Cremona to Naples, by some of the most celebrated painters of their day. See the exhibition preview for more information, including sponsorship credits.


View Images  |  Free Lecture  |  Exhibition Catalogue  |  Audio Guide  |  See the CBS2 Feature Video

Reality Check: Truth and Illusion in Contemporary Photography

Through March 22


This installation of works from the permanent collection—the third in the Museum’s new gallery for contemporary photographs—surveys the ways in which artists exploit photography’s fundamental illusionism to create a sense of ambiguity about what is real and what is not. Among the works that are featured are photographs of staged scenarios or constructed environments that appear to be real, as well as real scenes or landscapes that appear strangely artificial. Artists include James Casebere, Gregory Crewdson, Robert Gober, David Levinthal, Vik Muniz, Stephen Shore, and Taryn Simon, among others. See the exhibition preview for more information.


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The Essential Art of African Textiles: Design Without End

Through April 5


This exhibition illustrates the stunningly diverse classical textile genres created by artists in West Africa through some of their earliest documented and finest works. Highlights of the Metropolitan’s own holdings are presented along with some 20 works that had entered The British Museum’s collection by the early 20th century. Selected pieces represent inventive variations on major themes of the influential classical genres. The exhibition relates these genres to contemporary art forms by affording an appreciation of the cultural context and visual language of these traditions and exploring their synergy and resonance in works by eight living artists. See the exhibition preview for more information, including sponsorship credits.


View Images  |  Free Gallery Talk  |  Exhibition Catalogue  |  See the CBS2 Feature Video

Listen to a Met Podcast episode: Curator Alisa LaGamma talks to artist Sokari Douglas Camp about her work, including the steel sculpture Nigerian Woman Shopping (1990), which is featured in the exhibition. Or listen to a discussion between Dr. LaGamma and artist El Anatsui about his work, including the sculpture Between Earth and Heaven (2006), also on view in the show.

Watch a behind-the-scenes Met video on YouTube of El Anatsui installing Between Earth and Heaven.

Early Buddhist Manuscript Painting: The Palm-Leaf Tradition

Through March 22


A display of the Museum’s rare holdings of Indian illuminated palm-leaf manuscripts focuses on one remarkable Mahayanist Buddhist text, the Ashtasahashirika Prajnaparamita sutra (Perfection of Wisdom). These superbly illustrated folios are supported by related illuminated book covers, sculptures, and Tibetan thankas. See the exhibition preview for more information.


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Now On View

Raphael to Renoir: Drawings from the Collection of Jean Bonna

Through April 26


This is the first comprehensive exhibition dedicated to the European old-master and 19th-century drawings from the distinguished collection of Jean Bonna in Geneva, Switzerland. Many of the 120 drawings on display are masterpieces, spanning 500 years of the history of art, from the Renaissance to 1900 and representing a diversity of artistic schools in Italy, Northern Europe, France, and Great Britain, among other countries. The selection includes works by well-known artists—such as Carpaccio, Raphael, Andrea del Sarto, Parmigianino, Canaletto, Rembrandt, Claude Lorrain, Watteau, Chardin, Boucher, Fragonard, Goya, Ingres, Gericault, Delacroix, Manet, Burne-Jones, Whistler, Degas, Cézanne, Renoir, Gauguin, Van Gogh, and Seurat—as well as superb and poignant drawings by less-familiar names. See the exhibition preview for more information, including sponsorship credits.


View Images  |  Exhibition Catalogue  |  Read a Review in The New York Times  |  See the CBS2 Feature Video

Walker Evans and the Picture Postcard


Through May 25


This exhibition focuses on a collection of 9,000 picture postcards amassed and classified by the American photographer Walker Evans (1903–1975), now part of the Museum’s Walker Evans Archive. The picture postcard represented a powerful strain of indigenous American realism that directly influenced Evans’s artistic development. The dynamic installation of hundreds of American postcards drawn from Evans’s collection reveals the symbiotic relationship between the artist’s own art and his interest in the style of the postcard. This is also demonstrated with a selection of about a dozen of his own photographs printed in 1936 on postcard format photographic paper. See the exhibition preview for more information.


View Images  |  Free Gallery Talk  |  Free Film  |  Exhibition Catalogue  |  Read a Review in The New York Times

Cast in Bronze: French Sculpture from Renaissance to Revolution

Through May 24


Beginning in the 16th century, a tradition of bronze sculpture developed in France that was influenced by achievements of the Italian Renaissance but soon revealed its own distinct force, refinement, and panache. Even though French bronzes were among the glories of royal châteaux, including Versailles, and were always collected eagerly by connoisseurs, they have received relatively little public scrutiny. Evolving from a decadelong collaborative study among scholars, this is the first exhibition to address the subject in 40 years. Approximately 110 of the finest statuettes, portrait busts, and monuments proclaim the French genius for bronze from the late Renaissance through the times of Louis XIV, Louis XV, and Louis XVI. Germain Pilon, Barthélemy Prieur, Michel Anguier, François Girardon, Antoine Coysevox, Jean-Baptiste Pigalle, and Jean-Antoine Houdon are only a few of the cavalcade of masters in the exhibition who lent their prodigious talents to this prestigious medium. See the exhibition preview for more information, including sponsorship credits.


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Arts of the Ming Dynasty: China’s Age of Brilliance

Through September 13


Drawn entirely from the extensive resources of the Metropolitan Museum, this exhibition presents the rich diversity of art created under China’s Ming dynasty (1368–1644). Its 70 paintings and calligraphies chronicle the parallel evolutions of the courtly and the scholar-amateur traditions. These works are complemented by a generous selection of textiles, ceramics, lacquers, cloisonné, jades, and bamboo carvings that showcase the material prosperity experienced under the Ming, whose name aptly translates as "brilliant." See the exhibition preview for more information.

Royal Porcelain from the Twinight Collection, 1800–1850

Through August 9


The porcelain factories of Berlin, Sèvres, and Vienna achieved an extraordinary level of both artistic and technical skill in the first half of the 19th century, and the quality of painted decoration practices at these three factories at that time has never been surpassed. This exhibition brings together approximately 75 extraordinary examples from these three European porcelain manufactories and illustrates the exchange of ideas and styles between the factories that resulted in some of the most remarkable porcelain ever produced. See the exhibition preview for more information, including sponsorship credits.


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Opening Today

Art of the Korean Renaissance, 1400–1600

Opens March 17


This international loan exhibition will present approximately 50 works of art that illustrate the height of artistic production under court and elite patronage during the first 200 years of the Choson dynasty (1392–1910), a time of extraordinary cultural achievements. The diverse yet cohesive group of secular and religious paintings, porcelain, sculpture, lacquer, and metalwork will highlight the aesthetics, conventions, and innovations of a Neo-Confucian elite and its artistic milieu. This will be the first in a series of special exhibitions at the Museum focusing on significant periods in Korean art history. See the exhibition preview for more information, including sponsorship credits.

See a list of all upcoming exhibitions.

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Featured Met Podcast Episode



In this most recent episode, Director Emeritus Philippe de Montebello and Curator Alisa LaGamma discuss the original form and function of this arresting Mangaaka Power Figure from Central Africa. This episode was first recorded on the occasion of the exhibition The Philippe de Montebello Years: Curators Celebrate Three Decades of Acquisitions.

Met Podcast episodes feature exclusive audio commentary on our world-renowned special exhibitions as well as curatorial insights into individual masterpieces, artists’ discussions of their work, and explorations of a wide variety of art-related topics.

Subscribe to receive new episodes automatically or for access to the archive of past ones. For more information, see Met Podcast.

Image: Mangaaka Power Figure (Nkisi N’Kondi), Democratic Republic of Congo or Angola, Chiloango River Region; Kongo; second half of the 19th century. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Purchase, Lila Acheson Wallace, Drs. Daniel and Marian Malcolm, Laura G. and James J. Ross, Jeffrey B. Soref, The Robert T. Wall Family, Dr. and Mrs. Sidney G. Clyman, and Steven Kossak Gifts, 2008 (2008.30).



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