Visiting Masterpieces: February 2, 2013 - May 12, 2013
An extraordinary loan from the Philadelphia Museum of Art gives you the opportunity to see two of the great masterpieces of French painting in America hanging side by side: Paul Cezanne's The Large Bathers and the MFA's own Where do we come from? What are we? Where are we going? by Paul Gauguin. Painted from 1900-1906 and 1897-1898, respectively, these works form a bridge from the 19th to 20th century and influenced a generation of modern artists that included Picasso and Matisse.
British Royal Portraits: October 21, 2012 - June 16, 2013
Shortly after photographer Mario Testino went to England from his native Peru in 1976, he took his first photograph of British royalty, an impromptu shot of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother and her grandson, Prince Edward, as they passed by crowds gathered in London’s streets to celebrate the marriage of HRH the Prince of Wales and Lady Diana Spencer. It was the first of many photographs Testino has taken of members of the House of Windsor during the course of his significant career.
Kings, Queens, and Courtiers: Royalty on Paper: October 21, 2012 - June 16, 2013
This exhibit features examples of the various ways in which European rulers and their aristocratic followers have been represented on paper from the sixteenth century to 1900.
New Blue and White: February 20, 2014 - July 14, 2013
"New Blue and White" explores the ways in which contemporary makers, working in ceramics as well as other media ranging from fiber to furniture to glass, have explored this rich body of material culture. An international selection of artists and designers is featured in the exhibition, and recent acquisitions of work by the ceramic sculptor Chris Antemann and fashion designers Rodarte are drawn from the MFA's own collection.
Chinese Lacquer, 1200-1800: November 16, 2012 - September 8, 2013
Chinese lacquer, derived from the sap or resin of trees native to China, has been made for more than 2,000 years. Technically challenging and time-consuming to create, lacquer was considered a luxury material, on par with gold and silver, and was created for the Imperial court and wealthy elite, as well as scholars and eventually the merchant class.
Divine Depictions: November 16, 2012 - June 23, 2013
The official philosophy of Korea’s Joseon Dynasty (1392–1910) was Confucianism. Buddhism was suppressed during this period, but in practice, many, including the royal family, continued to believe in Buddhism and to support temples financially. Many temples moved out of the towns to remote mountain locations during the Joseon Dynasty, but these paintings are evidence of the high quality of Buddhist art produced during this nominally Confucian era.
The Postcard Age: October 24, 2012 - April 14, 2013
In the decades around 1900, postcards were Twitter, e-mail, Flickr, and Facebook, all wrapped into one. A postcard craze swept the world, as billions of cards were bought and mailed, or just pasted into albums. Many famous artists turned to the new medium, but one of the great pleasures of postcards is how some of the most beautiful and interesting cards were made by artists whose names we barely know. This unprecedented exhibition traces how big historical and cultural themes of the modern age played out on the postcard's tiny canvas.
Samurai: April 14, 2013 - August 4, 2013
Travel back in time and discover remarkable objects that illuminate the life, culture, and pageantry of these revered and feared Japanese warriors—from one of the best and largest collections in the world.
Michelangelo: Sacred and Profane: April 21, 2013 - June 30, 2013
"Michelangelo: Sacred and Profane, Master Drawings from the Casa Buonarroti" features a rich and varied selection of 26 works from the master’s collection, preserved in the artist's family home, the Casa Buonarroti, in Florence
Hippie Chic: July 16, 2013 - November 11, 2013
The end of the 1960s and early 1970s was an exciting time for fashion as the counterculture's challenges to authority expressed itself in new ways of thinking about dress. The emerging hippie culture rejected the dictates of Paris haute couture, adopting instead an eclectic, highly individual look, mixing vintage and ethnic clothing with fashions inspired by contemporary psychedelic Pop art, nature, fantasy, and ethnographic art.
Art of the White Mountains: July 14, 2012 - July 7, 2013
Beginning in the first decades of the nineteenth century, artists and writers were drawn to the pristine beauty of north New Hampshire's natural wonders: majestic peaks in the Franconia and Presidential ranges crowned by Mount Washington, the highest summit in the northeast; Crawford, Pinkham.
Art of the Americas Wing November 20, 2010 - December 31, 2016
The centerpiece of the Museum of Fine Art's historic expansion is a spectacular new wing for the Art of the Americas collection, which will double the number of objects from the collection on view, including several large-scale masterpieces not displayed for decades.
Please peruse the Entire Lineup of MFA exhibitions.
The following exhibitions are currently on display at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, or will be opening soon: