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Artful Healing
Artful Healing September 15, 2012 - February 18, 2013

This exhibition features a range of works from participants in the MFA's Artful Healing program, which brings the MFA collection and Museum educators to three partner institutions—Massachusetts General Hospital, Children’s Hospital Boston, and Dana Farber Cancer Institute—to...

Ori Gersht, Far Off Mountains and Rivers, 2009
Ori Gersht: History Repeating August 25, 2012 - January 6, 2013

Ori Gersht is a conduit between the past and the present. With the latest digital technology, Gersht’s work poetically revisits sources ranging from 19th-century romantic landscape painting to the Holocaust, which imbue his work with a compelling tension between beauty and violence, memory...

Cats to Crickets
Cats to Crickets: Pets in Japan's Floating World July 21, 2012 - February 18, 2013

Urban commoners in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Japan, known as the Floating World, enjoyed a hedonistic lifestyle that included the pleasure of the companionship of pet animals. Many woodblock prints of fashionable beauties show them accompanied by elegant, pampered pets that symbolize...

Fenway Pretzel Vendor by Lora Brody
Grandstand to Gallery: Museum of Fine Arts and Fenway Park Photo Project July 18, 2012 - October 3, 2012

To celebrate the centennial of Fenway Park, the Museum of Fine Arts and Boston Red Sox have partnered on an online photography contest. Fans of baseball and photography submitted their favorite Fenway photos from the past 100 years to three virtual galleries—Portrait, Landscape, and “...

Sanford Robinson Gifford, "An October Afternoon," 1871
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...

Yousuf Karsh, "Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and HRH the Prince Philip," 1966. © Estate of Yousuf Karsh
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth Il by Yousuf Karsh: A Diamond Jubilee June 2, 2012 - November 4, 2012

This year marks Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee, celebrating 60 years as monarch of Great Britain and the Commonwealth realms. Yousuf Karsh photographed Her Majesty five times between 1943 and 1987, including the three powerful portraits on view—capturing her first as...

Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo, "The Milliner's Shop," about 1791
The Invention of Fantasy: Eighteenth-Century Venice June 2, 2012 - November 25, 2012

Venice in the eighteenth century, the age of Casanova, was one of the pleasure centers of Europe, famed for its theater and opera and its carnival maskers. Even today, the city, when compared with ordinary cities, appears to be a fantasy, a dream, a hallucination. Giovanni Battista Tiepolo’s...

Dancing with Renoir-"Dance at Bougival," 1883
Dancing with Renoir May 19, 2012 - September 3, 2012

Let the dancing begin! The MFA welcomes two monumental loans from the Musée d'Orsay, Paris—Renoir's Dance in the City and Dance in the Country—as part of our Visiting Masterpieces series. These full-length canvases accompany the MFA's own iconic Renoir, Dance at...

Alex Katz, "Gray Day," 1992
Alex Katz Prints April 28, 2012 - July 29, 2012

Enter the world of glowing light and vibrant color of “Alex Katz Prints.” Bold portraits, idyllic landscapes, scenes of sophisticated leisure—they’re all here in the works of the renowned contemporary artist. With arresting simplicity of line, color, and form, Katz...

Community Arts Initiative: Fresh Eyes installation
Community Arts Initiative: Fresh Eyes April 21, 2012 - September 16, 2012

Under the guidance of artist Hannah Burr, students from eight after-school community organizations in the Boston area responded to works from the MFA’s encyclopedic collection. Through the students’ drawings, audio recordings, and transcriptions, “Fresh Eyes” demonstrates...

Edward Weston, "Charis and Our Camp, Galveston, Texas," 1941. Courtesy of The Lane Collection.
Edward Weston: Leaves of Grass April 21, 2012 - December 31, 2012

In 1941, the Limited Editions Club of New York invited photographer Edward Weston to illustrate its deluxe edition of Walt Whitman’s epic poem Leaves of Grass. The commission inspired Weston and his wife, Charis, to take a cross-country trip, throughout the South, the Mid-Atlantic states, New...

William H. Bradley, "The Modern Poster/ Charles Scribner's Sons, New York," 1895
The Allure of Japan March 24, 2012 - December 31, 2012

A fascination for all things Japanese swept the United States in the period around 1900. An influx of Japanese goods and emissaries into America sparked a wave of interest in a foreign culture once seen as impossibly remote. Artists and collectors gathered Japanese objects, studied Japanese...

Ludolf Bakhulzen, “Ships in a Gale on the IJ before the City of Amsterdam,” 1666
Complementary Collections: Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo and the MFA March 10, 2012 - June 24, 2012

We are delighted to welcome back to the Dutch and Flemish galleries masterpieces from the collection of Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo, including Rembrandt’s sublime Portrait of Aeltje van Uylenburgh (1632) and Dou’s sympathetic little Sleeping Dog (1650). These favorites and dozens...

"The Sixth Dharma (Religious) King of Shambhala," Tibetan, second half of the 17th century
Seeking Shambhala March 6, 2012 - October 21, 2012

Shambhala is a Sanskrit word describing a mythical land whose exact location is hidden behind mist of snow-capped mountains, where peace reigns, wealth abounds, and there is no illness. The West was first introduced to the concept as “Shangri-la” in the 1930s book and film Lost...

Larry Salk, "Bathing beauties with smiling gentleman," 1965
Figure/Fabric/Fantasy: Selections from the Jean S. and Frederic A. Sharf Collection of Fashion Drawing February 25, 2012 - June 3, 2012

Images of fashion exploded in the 20th century with the proliferation of ready-to-wear and glossy fashion magazines. As photography gradually became the medium of choice for fashion advertising, artists who worked by hand began to emphasize interpretation and impression over pure likeness. They...

Edouard Manet, "Les Courses," 1865-72
Manet in Black February 18, 2012 - October 28, 2012

Edouard Manet’s friend, the poet Charles Baudelaire, described black as the color of the nineteenth century. Manet was a master in the use of black, asserting his bold and subtle imprint on a range of subjects, from exotic Spanish dancers to the horses and spectators at a thrilling Paris...

Theodorus van Hoytema, "Dierstudies (Animal Studies): Angora Konynen," 1898
Paper Zoo February 7, 2012 - September 3, 2012

“Paper Zoo” brings together prints, drawings, and photographs of the animal kingdom (including birds and marine creatures) dating from about 1500 to the present. Featuring some 30–40 works by Rembrandt, Audubon, Picasso, and others, this delightful exhibition highlights...

Gustave Le Gray, "Cloudy Sky—The Mediterranean with Mount Agde," 1856-59
Silver, Salt, and Sunlight: Early Photography in Britain and France February 7, 2012 - September 3, 2012

The invention of photography in 1839 was a pivotal achievement that changed the course of cultural history. The early years of the medium were rich in experimentation. As each process and technique was invented, artists enthusiastically explored new possibilities for visual recording and...

Moataz Nasr, film still from “Merge and Emerge,” 2011. Courtesy Galleria Continua, San Gimignano/Beijing/Le Moulin
Histories of Now: Six Artists from Cairo January 18, 2012 - March 17, 2012

Organized by the SMFA, “Histories of Now: Six Artists from Cairo” is an exhibition of recent video and multimedia installations by some of Egypt’s most important and influential contemporary artists. Signaling the myriad of social and political circumstances that preceded the 2011...

Jedediah Caesar, "Untitled (detail)," 2011
Jedediah Caesar: Soft Structures December 17, 2011 - April 1, 2012

Since receiving his BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in 1998, Los Angeles–based artist Jedediah Caesar has gained international recognition for sculptures that amass found materials into systems that reveal new patterns, often abstract, sometime social. Gathering natural and...

Devidasa of Nurpur, "Praudha Adhira Nayika (The Mature Heroine Without Self-Control)," 1694 or 1695
Gems of Rajput Painting December 10, 2011 - September 3, 2012

“Gems of Rajput Painting” features the MFA’s superb collection of paintings made for the princes of Rajasthan and the Punjab hills (known as “Rajputs”). The kingdoms of these art-loving princes shared a common elite culture, though, by the early 1700s, each court had...

"Statuette of Aphrodite emerging from the sea," 1st century B.C. or 1st century A.D. (new2)
Aphrodite and the Gods of Love October 26, 2011 - February 20, 2012

Known today as the goddess of love and beauty, Aphrodite, or Venus as she was known to the Romans, was one of the most powerful ancient Greek divinities and a favorite subject in ancient art. This is the first exhibition about the powerful goddess that both ancient writers and artists described...

Edgar Degas, "La Toilette," 1884-86
Degas and the Nude October 9, 2011 - February 5, 2012

The nude figure was critical to the art of Edgar Degas from the beginning of his career in the 1850s until the end of his working life, but the subject has never before been explored in a Museum exhibition. “Degas and the Nude,” co-organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the...

Beauty as Duty
Beauty as Duty: Textiles and the Home Front in WWII Britain October 8, 2011 - May 28, 2012

The British experience during and after WWII was quite different from that of Americans. From the fall of 1940 through the spring of 1941, Britain was subjected to relentless bombing in a terror campaign known as the Blitz. Even after the Allied victory, Britain continued to suffer shortages of...

Ellsworth Kelly, "Curve XXI," 1978-80
Ellsworth Kelly: Wood Sculpture September 18, 2011 - March 4, 2012

The 30 wood sculptures that Ellsworth Kelly has made over the course of his esteemed career are among his most beautiful and evocative works. Despite Kelly’s work being the subject of major retrospectives worldwide, this is the first museum exhibition to focus on the essential and beguiling...

Community Arts Initiative, And Their Families
Community Arts Initiative: And Their Families September 17, 2011 - November 27, 2011

This exhibition, on hiatus during summer construction, reopens with the new Linde Family Wing on September 17, 2011. Under the guidance of artist Raul Gonzalez, students from eight after-school community organizations in the Boston area will create family portraits using pen, ink, and color in...

Wide bed curtain, 1725-50
Embroideries of Colonial Boston: Domestic Embroideries September 17, 2011 - June 3, 2012

The embroideries of colonial Boston girls and women have long been treasured family possessions and are now much sought after by collectors. The charm and craftsmanship of the Adam and Eve samplers, pastoral pictures with leaping stags and galloping hunters, as well as crewelwork bed hangings and...

Wendy Jacob, "Ice Floe," 2011
Maud Morgan Prize 2011: Wendy Jacob September 17, 2011 - July 8, 2012

About the Prize: Established in 1993 in recognition of New England artist Maud Morgan (1903–1999), the Maud Morgan Prize honors a Massachusetts woman artist who demonstrates significant vision, creativity, and contributions to contemporary art in the Commonwealth. As of 2011, $10,000 is...

Christian Marclay, "The Clock," 2010
The Clock: Christian Marclay September 16, 2011 - December 31, 2011

Extended to December 31, 2011. A compelling new work created by world-renowned artist Christian Marclay, The Clock (2010), an ode to time and cinema, comprises thousands of fragments from a range of films that create a 24-hour, looped, single-channel video. The Clock tells the accurate...

Hector Zamora, "White Noise – Shed 6 Installation (detail)," 2011
Disponible: A Kind of Mexican Show September 13, 2011 - November 19, 2011

Within Mexico’s urban setting, contemporary art and other experimental and creative practices such as architecture, design, and music flourish, forming one of the most original and intriguing art scenes in the global landscape. Taking its name from the empty advertisement billboards across...

Kawanabe Kyōsai, "Hell Courtesan," 1870s-1880s
Kawanabe Kyōsai and the Hell Courtesan September 3, 2011 - June 17, 2012

The first exhibition in our newly renovated Japanese Print gallery focuses on a recent acquisition, a monumental hanging scroll of the Hell Courtesan by Kawanabe Kyōsai (1831–1889). Known for the charm, eccentricity, and extraordinary skill of his work, Kyōsai gleefully satirized the...

Eugène Delacroix, "Royal Tiger," 1829
Passion and Precision in the Age of Revolution August 20, 2011 - May 13, 2012

European art of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries is dominated by two powerful artistic movements: Neo-classicism and Romanticism. Neo-Classicism is marked by purity, austerity, clarity, and an almost abstract obsession with the linear. The style was stimulated by the recent...

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