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Boston Loves Impressionism February 14, 2014 - May 26, 2014

Boston loves Impressionism and always has. For the first time, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, invited the public to choose works for a special Impressionist exhibition. Choosing from a different themed group each week, fans voted for their favorite paintings from a selection of fifty works...

Daniel Medina, "Orange Bars (Social-Kinetic Device)," 2012
Permission To Be Global/ Prácticas Globales: Latin American Art from the Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection March 19, 2014 - July 13, 2014

“Permission To Be Global/Prácticas Globales” debuts in New England 60 contemporary Latin American works from the collection of Ella Fontanals-Cisneros, founder of the CIFO Art Foundation in Miami. Featuring sculpture, painting, photography, video, installation, and performance...

Caravaggio, The Fortune Teller (about 1594–95), oil on canvas. Musei Capitolini Pinocateca, Rome.
Visiting Masterpieces: Caravaggio and Connoisseurship April 12, 2014 - June 15, 2014

Take sides in an intense debate among leading authorities on Italian art and learn the possible answers to the question: What makes a Caravaggio? “Visiting Masterpieces: Caravaggio and Connoisseurship” introduces visitors to the art of judging whether a Caravaggio is, in fact, a...

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To Boston With Love April 1, 2014 - April 30, 2014

Following the Boston Marathon tragedy on April 15, 2013, Bostonians felt an outpouring of support from across the country and around the world. T-shirts proclaimed ‘Boston Strong,’ a public memorial grew in Copley Square—and flags were sewn and sent to Boston with words of hope...

Soga Shōhaku, "Dragon and Clouds," 1763
Return of the Dragon: Shohaku’s Dragon and Clouds March 21, 2014 - July 6, 2014

A native of Kyoto, and known for his unconventional techniques and irreverent humor, Shōhaku depicts a dragon swooping down through whirls of clouds and mist, and swishing its scaly tail in a rhythmic symphony of rich shades of ink that extends across the thirty-five-foot-long composition. The...

Ilse Bing, Can-Can Dancers, Moulin Rouge, Paris, 1931
Photo Eye: Avant-Garde Photography in Europe March 15, 2014 - July 6, 2014

Photographers working in Europe during the period between the two World Wars made some of the most memorable images in the medium’s history. Their goal was to infuse their medium with a fresh and distinctly “modern” style. Influenced by Cubism, Constructivism, Dadaism, and...

Adriaen van Ostade, "The Spectacles Seller," 1673
Drawn to Daily Life: Dutch Drawings from the Maida and George Abrams Collection March 8, 2014 - July 6, 2014

Some 50 lively drawings and watercolors by leading 17th-century Dutch artists from the superb Maida and George Abrams Collection bring to life the faces, figures, pleasures, pastimes, and labors of Dutch people. Works by Rembrandt, Hendrick Avercamp, Abraham Bloemaert, Jacques De Gheyn II, Jan...

Amalia Pica, "Now, Speak!," 2011–
Amalia Pica: Now, Speak! January 20, 2014 - December 31, 2014

Beginning on Martin Luther King Jr. Day (January 20), an outdoor installation of Argentinean artist Amalia Pica’s Now, Speak! concrete lectern encourages impromptu performances by all MFA visitors and passersby. The lectern was inaugurated by the MFA’s Teen Arts Council, who read...

Maria Auxiliadora da Silva, Chuva Sobre São Paulo (Rain over Sao Paulo), 1971
Samba Spirit: Modern Afro Brazilian Art January 18, 2014 - October 19, 2014

For the first time the MFA presents a selection of works by 20th-century Brazilian artists of African descent. Rarely studied in the United States, these painters and sculptors drew on indigenous, European, and African traditions, and found inspiration in all aspects of Brazilian life—...

Yoshida Hiroshi, "Sailboats: Morning," from the series "Inland Sea," Taisho era–Showa era, 1926
The Creative Process in Modern Japanese Printmaking December 21, 2013 - August 17, 2014

In the 20th century, printmaking in Japan became not just a way of producing popular images but a fine art form. No longer constrained by the requirements of commercial publishing, artists were able to exploit the color woodblock process as far as their imaginations could take them, and to...

Sakurai Yasuko, Vertical Flower, Heisei era, 2007
Fired Earth, Woven Bamboo: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics and Bamboo Art November 12, 2013 - September 8, 2014

During the last decade, the exciting shapes and technical finesse in Japanese contemporary ceramics and baskets have attracted new audiences among Western enthusiasts. Recently attention has centered on more abstract works produced by modern ceramic and bamboo artists, including pioneering female...

Doll's dress, 18th century (for Think Pink exhibition)
Think Pink October 3, 2013 - May 26, 2014

From pinking shears to pink ribbons, the color pink is associated with fashion and femininity; perhaps no other color has as much social significance and gender association. The fascinating exhibition “Think Pink” explores the history and changing meanings of the color as its popularity...

Bernard Childs, Arrival, 1955
American Gestures: Abstract Expressionism September 21, 2013 - June 1, 2014

American art of the 1940s and ’50s was dominated by the gestural style known as Abstract Expressionism. In love with spontaneity and happy accidents, and favoring inspiration from the subconscious, artists invented a highly original American art language that triumphed internationally....

John James Audubon Birds
Audubon's Birds, Audubon's Words July 27, 2013 - May 11, 2014

As author and illustrator of The Birds of America, John James Audubon (1785–1851) traveled thousands of miles throughout the United States and Canada to seek out and draw North American birds in their natural habitats. In the book’s enormous pages—each more than three feet high...

El Anatsui, "Black River," 2009  photo by Tony Rinaldo
Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art September 18, 2011 - December 31, 2016

Contemporary art has a dynamic home at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, in the Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art, located in the MFA’s dramatic I. M. Pei-designed building. The wing features seven galleries introducing innovative approaches to contemporary art within the context of...

Charles Robert Ashbee, "Marsh-bird brooch," 1901-02
Jewels, Gems, and Treasures: Ancient to Modern July 19, 2011 - June 1, 2014

What is a gem? "Jewels, Gems, and Treasures: Ancient to Modern," the first exhibition in the Museum's new Rita J. and Stanley H. Kaplan Family Foundation Gallery, examines the various roles and meanings associated with a wide range of gem materials. Drawn from the MFA...

View of the Art of the Americas Wing galleries from the Shapiro Courtyard
Art of the Americas Wing November 20, 2010 - December 31, 2016

The centerpiece of the MFA’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.  Learn more about the new wing.