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The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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New York 10028
at 82nd Street

(212) 535 7710

Entry to the Museum is by reservation only and capacity is limited. Plan your visit

Sunday–Tuesday & Thursday
Friday & Saturday 10am–9pm

Masters and Masterpieces: Chinese Art from the Florence and Herbert Irving Collection

January 30, 2021–June 5, 2022
This exhibition showcases an outstanding selection of Chinese art gifted to the Museum by Florence and Herbert Irving, fundamentally transforming the holdings of Chinese art at The Met and reuniting important works with comparative pieces.

Shell and Resin: Korean Mother-of-Pearl and Lacquer

December 13, 2021–July 5, 2022
Lacquerware with mother-of-pearl inlay has a long and rich tradition in the history of Korean art. This show showcases nearly thirty outstanding works of Korean lacquerware from The Met collection to highlight the distinctive materiality of lacquer and mother-of-pearl. The exhibition begins with a twelfth-century trefoil box, noteworthy for its rarity, and follows the traditional to the present with contemporary works by master artists.

Companions in Solitude: Reclusion and Communion in Chinese Art

July 31, 2021–August 14, 2022
Through a selection of more than one hundred works of painting, calligraphy, and decorative arts, this exhibition explores the twin themes of solitude and togetherness in Chinese art.

Bodhisattvas of Wisdom, Compassion, and Power

March 27, 2021–October 3, 2022
Within the Buddhist traditions of the Himalayas, three bodhisattvas emerge as personifications of Buddhist ideals: Manjushri, Avalokiteshvara, and Vajrapani. This show presents sublime representations of these three bodhisattvas at the center of this great devotional tradition.

Celebrating the Year of the Tiger

January 29, 2022–January 2023
In celebration of the Year of the Tiger, which begins on February 1, 2022, The Metropolitan Museum presents an exhibition with a remarkable selection of works from the Museum’s permanent collection and a few fantastic loans, including a 11th century B.C. marble sculpture and an 18th century glazed porcelain figure of a highly animated tiger.

Samurai Splendor: Sword Fittings from Edo

On view through Spring 2024
After almost a century and a half of near-constant civil war and political upheaval, Japan unified under a new ruling family, the Tokugawa, in the early 1600s. Their reign lasted for more than 250 years, in an era referred to as the Edo period, after the town of Edo (present-day Tokyo) that became the new capital of Japan. The Tokugawa regime brought economic growth, prolonged peace, and widespread enjoyment of the arts and culture. The administration also imposed strict class separation and rigid regulations for all. As a result, the ruling class—with the shogun as governing military official, the daimyo as local feudal lords, and the samurai as their retainers—had only a few ways to display personal taste in public. Fittings and accessories for their swords, which were an indispensable symbol of power and authority, became a critical means of self-expression and a focal point of artistic creation.

This installation in the Arms and Armor galleries explores the luxurious aspects of Edo-period sword fashion, a fascinating form of arms and armor rarely featured in exhibitions outside Japan. It presents a selection of exquisite sword mountings, fittings, and related objects, including maker’s sketchbooks—all drawn from The Met collection and many rarely or never exhibited before.

Ongoing Exhibitions

Arts of Nepal & Tibet

This year’s annual rotation of the Himalayan galleries is distinguished by a number of major new acquisitions and gifts that continue to build The Met’s holdings as one of the premier collections of Tibetan and Nepalese masterworks.

Crossroads: Empires and Emporia

The Met presents a world of crossroads—between places, eras, and cultures. Empires and Emporia represents the sustained contact linking Asia, Europe, and America for more than four centuries, beginning with the arrival of Portuguese merchants in Japan and China in the 16th century, the conquest of the Philippines by Spain, and the establishment of a transpacific trade route between Manila and Acapulco.

Upcoming Exhibition

Kimono Style: The John C. Weber Collection

June 7-February 20, 2023
This exhibition will trace the transformation of the kimono from the late Edo period (1615–1868) through the early 20th century, as the T-shaped garment was adapted to suit the lifestyle of modern Japanese women. It will feature a remarkable selection of works from the renowned John C. Weber Collection of Japanese art that explore the mutual artistic exchanges between the kimono and Western fashion, as well as highlights from The Costume Institute’s collection.

Upcoming Lectures and Events

Friday, March 18, 2022, 4:30pm
Buddhist Art of Gandhara and the 'Year 5' Buddha: New Studies in Chronology and Iconography
Juhyung Rhi, Professor of Buddhist Art History, Seoul National University, Korea
A recording of this lecture can be watched online, click here

Bijayini Satpathy in the Galleries
Saturday, May 14, 2pm and 3pm
Galleries 459 and 460, Islamic Art
Sunday, May 15, 2pm and 3pm
Gallery 924, Modern and Contemporary Art
Saturday, May 21, 2pm and 3pm
Gallery 217, Astor Chinese Garden Court
MetLiveArts Artist in Residence Bijayini Satpathy explores the traditions and future of the Indian classical dance known as Odissi through in-gallery performances this May. Bijayini’s performances are inspired by—and take place in—various galleries engaging with each site’s architecture as well as its ancestry, stories, legends, and aesthetics that are so different from Odissi’s. For these site-specific creations, Bijayini collaborated with composer Bindhumalini Narayanswamy, who has moved the soundscape away from traditional Odissi music and into unconventional spaces.

Hailed by The New Yorker as “a performer of exquisite grace and technique”, Bijayini Satpathy has been the Principal Dancer of the famed Nrityagram Dance Ensemble for 25 years until 2018. In 2019, Bijayini decided to delve into a solo career as a performer and educator. Her recent US solo debut titled “Kalpana, The World of Imagination” is listed as one of The Best Dances of 2019 in the Dance Magazine. Acclaimed for her skill as an Odissi dancer and Teacher, Bijayini is one of the most recognizable names in Indian dance today. She has performed alone, and with the Nrityagram Dance Ensemble, all over the world and has received many national and international recognition.

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