10 Things to See at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Art lovers in New York can appreciate the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which houses one of the largest art collections in the world. While the museum is home to some brilliant masterpieces, here are the ones that you simply cannot afford to miss while visiting the Met.


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  1. A Young Man in Curlers at Home on West 20th Street, N.Y.C., Diane Arbus, Metropolitan Museum of Art

Diane Arbus is an iconic photographer who took her camera to prisons, psychiatric wards, nudist camps and pretty much any place we would find strange or weird or downright scary. Her most famous work was done between the 1950s and 60s. The exhibition of the photographer who inspired the likes of Cindy Sherman and Nan Goldin is certainly one worth the visit.


  1. Warriors and Mothers, Epic Mbembe Art

Here you will find impressive figures which have been created by the Mbembe master crafters of southeastern Nigeria. The best part is, these wonderful pieces come from the seventeenth and nineteenth centuries and are the only well preserved wood sculptures that have survived from sub-Saharan Africa. Here you will get a raw glimpse of the Mbembe community and how they lived with striking intensity, which you will find just as striking, as when it was presented for the first time at a Paris gallery in 1974.


  1. The Temple Of Dendur

This temple dates back to circa 15 BC, to the time of Augustus Caesar. The Temple of Dendur was actually a gift from Egypt to the US in 1965. The temple occupies the bright and airy Sackler Wing, which also has a pool of water that is meant to evoke the likeness of the river Nile. Get up close and enjoy the various hieroglyphics and carvings on this ancient structure.



by Jean-Christophe BENOIST via Wikimedia Commons


  1. The Medieval Court

Another ancient piece at the museum is the Medieval Court, which was commissioned in the 1880s and was designed by one of the leading architects of that time, Calvert Vaux. The renowned architect was also behind the design of Central Park.


  1. Navigating the West, George Caleb Bingham and the River

George Caleb Bingham is considered as one of the foremost American genre painters of the 19th century. In this exhibition you will get to see some of the most compelling depictions of the harsh frontier life, which has been brought to life by the great Bingham in his awe inspiring river paintings.


New York - Metropolitan Museum Of Art

by David Ohmer


  1. Discovering Japanese Art, American Collectors and the Met

2015 marks the centennial of the Department of Asian Art in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This also makes it the perfect time to explore the rich history of Japanese art, which is a part of the museum’s collection. At the exhibit you will get to see around two hundred masterpieces from every medium. Visitors will also get to see how the museum was able to build their comprehensive collection through the years.


  1. Treasures and Talismans, Rings from the Griffin Collection

The works of art featured in this exhibition comes from the popular Griffin Collection, which has been named after the mythical creature which has the head of an eagle and the body of a lion. The collection features finger rings as they were designed across the ancient, medieval and renaissance periods. The exhibition is a window into the creative energies of the pre modern goldsmiths and how they honed their craft.


  1. Hungarian Treasure, Silver from the Nicolas M. Salgo Collection

The Nicolas M. Salgo Collection was put together by the Hungarian native and US ambassador to Budapest. The large collection of silver displayed in this exhibition is the result of Salgo’s hobby which spanned over three decades. The collection has over 120 pieces of silver artifacts which date from the 15th to the 18th Century and represent Hungarian craftsmanship at its best.


  1. Wolfgang Tillmans, Book for Architects

If you’re a fan of the contemporary photographer Wolfgang Tillman, then his work in the Book of Architects is on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art for the first time since its debut back in 2014. Tillman photographed high rise buildings from 37 countries across five continents, and it took him over ten years to complete this project. There are around 450 photographs in the collection, which are projected on perpendicular walls.


  1. Fabergé from the Matilda Geddings Gray Foundation Collection

Matilda Geddings Gray acquired her first Faberge in 1933. The Louisiana heiress and philanthropist was also an artist herself and a refined collector, who in a way introduced the genius of artist cum jeweler Peter Carl Faberge, who was until then unknown in the US. Over the years Gray was able to amass for herself one of the most impressive Faberge collections in the world, and it’s all on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.



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