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Dear Special Exhibitions Newsletter Subscriber,

The Europeans are coming! From the courts of Europe to the British Isles, the works on view this month include a variety of treasures. J. M. W. Turner offers the first retrospective of this seminal artist’s work in the United States in more than 40 years, while Medieval and Renaissance Treasures from the Victoria and Albert Museum presents a rare opportunity to view works on loan from London. See below to read more about each of these very special exhibitions.

On a lighter note, the Petrie Court Café and Wine Bar offers the perfect setting for a cocktail or snack. Be sure to experience the classical ambiance of this European sculpture-filled gallery when the Met is open late on Friday and Saturday evenings!

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Featured Exhibition

J. M. W. Turner
Through September 21

The first retrospective of the work of J. M. W. Turner (1775–1851) presented in the United States in more than 40 years, this international exhibition highlights approximately 140 paintings and watercolors—more than half of them from Tate Britain’s Turner Bequest—along with works from other collections in Europe and North America. The artist’s extensive iconographic range is represented, from seascapes and topographical views to historical subjects and scenes from his imagination. See the exhibition preview for more information, including sponsorship credits.

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After your J.M.W. Turner experience, visit the Petrie Court Café and Wine Bar for Traditional Afternoon Tea, available Tuesday through Sunday, beginning at 2:30 p.m.

Medieval and Renaissance Treasures from the Victoria and Albert Museum
Through August 17

The Victoria and Albert Museum in London houses one of the world’s finest collections of European decorative arts. The institution is currently undergoing extensive renovations, providing a rare opportunity for the museum to lend some 35 of its precious medieval and Renaissance works, including the Carolingian ivory cover of the Lorsch Gospels, an ivory statuette of the crucified Christ by Giovanni Pisano, Donatello’s bronze Winged Putto with Fantastic Fish, and the Codex Forster 11, one of Leonardo da Vinci’s treasured notebooks, among others. See the exhibition preview for more information, including sponsorship credits.

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Art of the Royal Court: Treasures in Pietre Dure from the Palaces of Europe
Through September 21

This is the most comprehensive exhibition to date on the tradition of hardstone carving (pietre dure) that developed in Italy in the 16th century and subsequently spread through Europe, where Renaissance masters worked in Italian cities such as Rome, Milan, and Florence. Royal patronage encouraged craftsmen to migrate to Prague and their practices gradually spread to centers such as Augsburg, Paris, Madrid, and St. Petersburg. Some 150 tables, cabinets, caskets, jewelry, vases, and sculptures represent the range of this extraordinary art form cultivated by the courts of Europe over the course of four centuries. See the exhibition preview for more information, including sponsorship credits.

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Image: Joseph Mallord William Turner (English, 1775–1851). Venice, from the Porch of Madonna della Salute, ca. 1835. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Bequest of Cornelius Vanderbilt, 1899 (99.31).

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Closing Soon

Anatomy of a Masterpiece: How to Read Chinese Paintings
Through August 10

This exhibition juxtaposes 36 actual paintings and calligraphies with enlarged photographic details that focus on fine points of style and content. The display—spanning nearly 1,000 years of Chinese art history, from the 8th to the 17th century—examines many of the Museum’s finest paintings that feature figures, landscapes, flowers, birds, and religious subjects. See the exhibition preview for more information, including sponsorship credits.

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Pop Art: Works on Paper
Through August 10

The term Pop Art was first used around 1954 to describe a group of British artists, but by the early 1960s it became synonymous with a new American art movement that appropriated images, techniques, and materials from mass-media and popular culture and presented them in bold, graphic formats. Humor and satire often accompanied the art, which held a mirror up to modern-day society to reflect its values, mores, and obsessions. This installation of drawings and prints from the Museum’s holdings includes works by Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenburg, James Rosenquist, Andy Warhol, Tom Wesselmann, Joe Brainard, Jim Dine, Richard Lindner, and Wayne Thiebaud. See the exhibition preview for more information.

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Now On View

Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy
Through September 1

This exhibition explores the symbolic and metaphorical associations between fashion and the superhero. Featuring movie costumes, avant-garde haute couture, and high-performance sportswear, it reveals how the superhero serves as the ultimate metaphor for fashion and its ability to empower and transform the human body. Objects are organized thematically around particular superheroes, whose movie costumes and superpowers are catalysts for the discussion of key concepts of superheroism and their expression in fashion. Check out a special feature about the exhibition and see the online preview for more information, including sponsorship credits.

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Jeff Koons on the Roof
Through October 26 (weather permitting)

On view are sculptures by the American artist Jeff Koons (b.1955), including three of his meticulously crafted works that have never before been on public display. The pieces are set in the most dramatic outdoor space for sculpture in New York City: The Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden, which offers a spectacular view of Central Park and the Manhattan skyline. See the exhibition preview for more information, including sponsorship credits.

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While enjoying the view, visit the Roof Garden Café and Martini Bar (open Tuesday through Sunday) for a light snack or a signature cocktail on Friday and Saturday evenings. (Remember, the Museum is open until 8:45 p.m. every Friday and Saturday.)

Framing a Century: Master Photographers, 1840–1940
Through September 1

This exhibition tells the story of photography’s first hundred years through the work of key figures who helped shape the aesthetic and expressive course of the medium: Gustave Le Gray, Roger Fenton, Carleton Watkins, William Henry Fox Talbot, Julia Margaret Cameron, Nadar, Édouard Baldus, Charles Marville, Eugène Atget, Walker Evans, Man Ray, Henri Cartier-Bresson, and Brassaï. Many of the works on view are drawn from the Museum’s 2005 acquisition of the Gilman Collection. See the exhibition preview for more information.

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Radiance from the Rain Forest: Featherwork in Ancient Peru
Through September 1

From the third millennium B.C. onward, feathers served various ceremonial and secular purposes throughout pre-conquest Peruvian history. On view are examples of high-status apparel and accessories, such as ear ornaments, pectorals, and headdresses. See the exhibition preview for more information, including sponsorship credits.

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Tara Donovan at the Met
Through September 1

Tara Donovan (American, b. 1969) is known for working with commonplace manufactured materials such as tape, Styrofoam cups, and drinking straws to create abstract sculptural installations that often take on a biomorphic feel or resemble topographical landscapes. For a new work conceived specifically for this exhibition, the artist used Mylar tape to create a wall-mounted installation that encompasses the entire gallery. This exhibition is the fourth in an ongoing series featuring the work of contemporary artists. See the exhibition preview for more information.

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Photography on Photography: Reflections on the Medium since 1960
Through October 19

This installation of works from the permanent collection—the second in the Museum’s new gallery for contemporary photographs—surveys the ways in which artists have directed the camera toward photography itself, taking aim at its claims of transparency and objectivity, its ubiquity in modern life, and its inextricable ties to advertising and consumer culture. Artists include William Anastasi, Robert Heinecken, and Allen Ruppersberg, among many others. See the exhibition preview for more information.

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Tibetan Arms and Armor from the Permanent Collection
Through Fall 2009

This installation presents highlights from the Museum’s extensive collection of rare and exquisitely decorated armor, weapons, and equestrian equipment from Tibet and related areas of Mongolia and China, dating from the 15th to the 20th century. Included are several recent acquisitions that have never before been exhibited or published. See the exhibition preview for more information.

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Opening Soon

Early Buddhist Manuscript Painting: The Palm-Leaf Tradition
Opens July 29

This display of the Museum’s rare holding of Indian illuminated palm-leaf manuscripts will focus on one remarkable Mahayanist Buddhist text, the Ashtasahasrika Prajnaparamita Sutra (Perfection of Wisdom). In the Buddhist pantheon, this meditation text is also represented in a personified form as the goddess of the same name. These superbly illustrated folios will be supported by related illuminated book covers, sculptures, and Tibetan thankas. A vast body of Indian religious texts was recorded and transmitted though the medium of the palm-leaf manuscript. This humble form of the book, at once both fragile and resilient, has provided the vehicle for transmitting Indian religious thought for more than two thousand years and has been a medium for preserving some of the earliest-known surviving paintings from India.

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Image: Rubens, His Wife Helena Fourment (1614–1673), and Their Son Peter Paul (born 1637), probably late 1630s. Peter Paul Rubens (Flemish, 1577–1640). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wrightsman, in honor of Sir John Pope-Hennessy, 1981 (1981.238).

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