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Metropolitan Museum of Art – Exhibitions 2012

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Chinese Gardens: Palace Pavilions, Scholars’ Studios, Rustic Retreats
August 18, 2012—January 13, 2013

An exhibition exploring the rich interactions between pictorial and garden arts in China across more than 1,000 years will be on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art beginning August 18. Showcasing more than 70 works—paintings and contemporary photographs as well as ceramics, carved bamboo, lacquerware, metalwork, and textiles—Chinese Gardens: Pavilions, Studios, Retreats—will be displayed in eight galleries encircling The Astor Court, a Chinese garden that is modeled on a 17th-century scholars’ courtyard in the Garden of the Master of the Fishing Nets in Suzhou.

Regarding Warhol:  Sixty Artists, Fifty Years
September 18—December 31, 2012

For decades, critics have observed that Andy Warhol’s influence is dominant in contemporary art, but as of yet no exhibition has explored its full nature or extent.Regarding Warhol: Sixty Artists, Fifty Years at The Metropolitan Museum of Art is the first major exhibition to do so through approximately 45 works by Warhol alongside 100 works by some 60 other artists. This innovative presentation, structured in five thematic sections, juxtaposes prime examples of Warhol’s paintings, sculpture, and films with those by other artists who in key ways reinterpret, respond, or react to his groundbreaking work. The exhibition shows the dialogue and conversation between works of art and artists across generations.

Bernini: Sculpting in Clay
October 3, 2012—January 6, 2013

To visualize life-size or colossal marbles, the great Baroque sculptor Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1598–1680) began by rapidly modeling small clay sketches. Fired as terracotta, these studies are bold, expressive works in their own right. Together with related drawings, they preserve the first traces of Bernini’s fervid imagination and unique creative process that evolved into some of the most famous and spectacular statuary in Rome, including the fountains in the Piazza Navona and the angels on the Ponte Sant’ Angelo. Bernini: Sculpting in Clay will feature 50 of these terracotta sketch models, shown together for the first time, with 30 drawings. Due to unprecedented loans especially granted for this occasion, the exhibition will be the first to retrace Bernini’s unparalleled approach to sculptural design, and his use of vigorous clay studies and drawings in directing the largest workshop of his time. The exhibition will offer viewers a more profound insight into the artist’s dazzling creative mind, and his impact on the fabric of Baroque Rome. 

Bashford Dean and the Creation of the Arms and Armor Department
October 4, 2012—September 29, 2013

To mark the centennial of the establishment of the Arms and Armor Department,Bashford Dean and the Creation of the Arms and Armor Department—an exhibition featuring some 25 rare objects and period photographs—will celebrate Dean’s multifaceted career, surveying his work as a field zoologist in Japan, a professor of Vertebrate Zoology at Columbia University, and Curator of Fossil Fishes at the American Museum of Natural History, and then concentrating on his groundbreaking work as the Metropolitan Museum’s first Curator of Arms and Armor. 

Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop
October 11, 2012—January 27, 2013

While digital photography and image-editing software have brought about an increased awareness of the degree to which camera images can be manipulated, the practice of doctoring photographs has existed since the medium was invented.Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop at The Metropolitan Museum of Art is the first major exhibition devoted to the history of manipulated photography before the digital age. Featuring some 200 visually captivating photographs created between the 1840s and 1990s in the service of art, politics, news, entertainment, and commerce, the exhibition offers a provocative new perspective on the history of photography as it traces the medium’s complex and changing relationship to visual truth. 

Extravagant Inventions: The Princely Furniture of the Roentgens
October 30, 2012—January 27, 2013

Extravagant Inventions: The Princely Furniture of the Roentgens, on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art October 30, 2012, through January 27, 2013, will be the first comprehensive survey of the Roentgen family’s cabinetmaking firm from 1742 to its closing in about 1795. Some 60 pieces of furniture, many of which have never before been lent outside Europe, and several clocks will be complemented by paintings, including portraits of the Roentgen family, and prints that depict the masterpieces of furniture in contemporary interiors. 

George Bellows
November 15, 2012—February 18, 2013

At the time of his death at the age of 42, George Bellows (1882–1925) was regarded as one of America’s greatest artists. In his brief life, he created an extraordinary body of work totaling approximately 600 oil paintings, hundreds of drawings, and almost 200 lithographs. Opening November 14 at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the landmark loan exhibition George Bellows will highlight his achievements in all media. Comprising some 140 paintings, drawings, and lithographs, the exhibition invites the viewer to experience a dynamic and challenging period—the first quarter of the 20th century—through the eyes of a brilliant observer. The exhibition is the first retrospective of Bellows’s career in more than three decades.

African Art, New York, and the Avant-Garde
December 4, 2012 – April 14, 2013

African Art, New York, and the Avant-Garde examines the African works collected a century ago by influential members of the New York avant-garde. The anniversary of the famed 1913 ‘Armory Show’ provides the impetus for this historical look at the works that figured importantly in the earliest engagement of America with African art. While the transformative impact of African art in modern art circles has been widely discussed in general terms, there has not been an opportunity to focus on the specific African works that were available to the avant-garde at the time. The installation will highlight many of these in relation to key moments in the New York reception of African artifacts during the 1910s and 1920s. This history lies at the foundation of the recognition of African material culture as fine art in the West. The 60 works of art assembled in the exhibition include: 40 works from West and Central Africa; 20 photographs, paintings and sculptures by European and American modernists; and several journals, pamphlets, and photographic albums. 

Matisse: In Search of True Painting
December 4, 2012—March 17, 2013

An exhibition of 48 paintings by French artist Henri Matisse (1869-1954)—Matisse: In Search of True Painting at The Metropolitan Museum of Art—explores the artist’s lifelong practice of painting repeated images. Reuniting the artist’s pairs, trios, and series offers the opportunity to investigate Matisse’s motivation as well as the innovative ways in which he continually pushed the boundaries of his painting. This manner of working from one painting to the next is striking and reveals Matisse to be an artist who conducted a dialogue with his earlier works, continually questioning himself and his methods in order to, as he put it, “push further and deeper into true painting.” He used his completed paintings as tools, repeating compositions in order to compare effects and gauge his progress. Each painting in the present exhibition was reexamined in this new context, and as a result, much has been learned about Matisse’s process and the pictures themselves. 

You will find the complete schedule of upcoming exhibitions and installations here

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