Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston The MFA is one of the most comprehensive art museums in the world; the collection encompasses nearly 500,000 works of art. We welcome more than one million visitors each year to experience art from ancient Egyptian to contemporary, special exhibitions, and innovative educational programs.
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As COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Boston and throughout the country, we're committed to doing our part to keep our c...
12/14/2020

As COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Boston and throughout the country, we're committed to doing our part to keep our community safe. In accordance with Mayor Walsh’s directives, the MFA will close temporarily starting Wednesday, December 16. We expect to reopen in early January.⁣

For questions about previously booked ticket reservations, head to our website: https://bit.ly/3njBBoL

While we wait to safely reopen in the new year, we invite you to stay in touch with us on social media, sign up for our regular newsletter on our website and tune in to our upcoming virtual events. Stay safe out there, Boston!

12/14/2020

Created by Beyond Measure Productions, this documentary follows MFA artists-in-residence Rob “Problak” Gibbs and Rob Stull, capturing their insights into creativity and street art. Gibbs and Stull collaborated with local youth for “The Mural Project,” a venture inspired by “Writing the Future: Basquiat and the Hip-Hop Generation.”

Beyond MEASURE Productions is a Boston-based, diasporic-owned filmmaking company dedicated to showcasing the human experience in its fullness and breadth.

12/14/2020

Join us for an encore performance by contemporary classical violinist Lilit Hartunian, inspired by the exhibition “Monet and Boston: Lasting Impression.” Originally aired in May 2020, the concert features three pieces by composers who were active during Claude Monet’s lifetime, paired with three works by the artist.

Performance selections and arrangements include:

– “Die Kranke Und Die Uhr” by S. C. Eckhardt-Gramatté
– “Gnossiennes: No. 1” by Erik Satie
– “La Fille aux cheveux de lin” by Claude Debussy

The virtual performance includes an introduction by exhibition curator Katie Hanson.

“I am progressing very slowly, for nature reveals itself to me in very complex forms.” Less interested in the fleeting e...
12/14/2020

“I am progressing very slowly, for nature reveals itself to me in very complex forms.”

Less interested in the fleeting effects of light and weather that so engaged his friends, Cézanne instead investigated space and form, observing and working slowly. Though their garments suggest a particular era, his figures here in "The Pond" (about 1877–79) seem to exist outside of any specific moment or story. Situated near one another, they nevertheless appear distant, detached, their faces rendered in only a cursory way.

Reserve your general admission tickets now to visit “Cézanne: In and Out of Time," a rare opportunity to see a dozen works by the trailblazing artist—half of them on view at the MFA for the first time: https://bit.ly/3mpMB2F

December in Boston, when the sun sets at 4 pm 🌙 🎨: "Saint Jerome in a Dark Chamber" (1642), Rembrandt, etching
12/13/2020

December in Boston, when the sun sets at 4 pm 🌙

🎨: "Saint Jerome in a Dark Chamber" (1642), Rembrandt, etching

Planning on visiting the MFA during the holidays? Join us in thanking our volunteer MFA Associates for filling the Museu...
12/13/2020

Planning on visiting the MFA during the holidays? Join us in thanking our volunteer MFA Associates for filling the Museum with festive decorations to keep the season bright 🌟

The MFA and UNIQLO USA have collaborated on a special pop-up shop highlighting Monet’s relationship with Japanese art! G...
12/12/2020

The MFA and UNIQLO USA have collaborated on a special pop-up shop highlighting Monet’s relationship with Japanese art! Go behind the scenes with Sarah Thompson, Curator of Japanese Art, on UNIQLO’s app, where you can learn about Monet's Japanese prints and find exclusive MFA products related to "Monet and Boston." This design by #Sharaku is one example of a work that would have been in Monet's collection.

🎨: "Actor Ichikawa Omezō I as the Footman (Yakko) Ippei" (1794), Tōshūsai Sharaku, woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink, color, and mica on paper

We’re deeply saddened by the passing of Wan-go H. C. Weng, whose generosity knew no bounds. We will miss his creativity,...
12/12/2020

We’re deeply saddened by the passing of Wan-go H. C. Weng, whose generosity knew no bounds. We will miss his creativity, humor and passion for learning.

On the occasion of his own 100th birthday in 2018, Mr. Weng gave the MFA the masterpiece scroll “10,000 Miles along the Yangzi River.” An eminent collector, scholar and friend of the MFA, Mr. Weng donated the largest and most significant gift of Chinese paintings and calligraphy in the Museum’s history—a collection of over 200 works passed down through six generations of the Weng family. We’re deeply humbled and honored to steward this magnificent collection for generations to come.

📷: Mr. Weng at the MFA with Nancy Berliner, Wu Tung Senior Curator of Chinese Art

As part of Jewish Arts Collaborative's “Brighter Together” and “Brighter Beyond” installations, a poem by Boston's poet ...
12/12/2020

As part of Jewish Arts Collaborative's “Brighter Together” and “Brighter Beyond” installations, a poem by Boston's poet laureate Porsha Olayiwola will be projected onto the Art of the Americas Wing during Hanukkah in partnership with projection artist Erik Jacobs (Anthem Multimedia)! Visible through December 17 (4–7 pm), the poem, “Black as Light,” explores the Black identity as it relates to light.

Olayiwola said about the project, “Honored. Humbled. And relieved, honestly that art is still so necessary, and that exhibits can occur outside the walls of the Museum. No words really. I just feel incredibly blessed to be working with Erik and that this project was possible during the pandemic, and necessary amongst protests and politics.”

How many crowns can you spot in this Jean-Michel Basquiat painting? 🧐 👑 The work’s title, "Charles the First," champions...
12/11/2020

How many crowns can you spot in this Jean-Michel Basquiat painting? 🧐

👑 The work’s title, "Charles the First," champions the genius and nobility of bebop king Charlie Parker, as well as “kings of the line,” master graffiti artists from whom Basquiat likely adopted the symbol of the crown.

🔎 The words “opera” and “Cherokee”—a song that spurred a profound musical breakthrough in jazz—reference the diverse musical education that the artist received from his father, Gerard. The mordant phrase that runs across the bottom may reference Parker’s premature death.

🖼️: "Charles the First" (1982), Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat, on view in "Writing the Future: Basquiat and the Hip-Hop Generation"

Happy Hanukkah! The surface of this Hanukkah lamp is a remarkable example of both Jewish ceremonial art and German Rococ...
12/10/2020

Happy Hanukkah! The surface of this Hanukkah lamp is a remarkable example of both Jewish ceremonial art and German Rococo silver. There are cornucopias spilling fruits and flowers, acanthus leaves along the edge, and shells framing the central cartouche.

The talented silversmith also added figures: two putti lift their arms to hold a now missing piece, while two others hug the pilasters as though to avoid slipping. Just above them, two ancient, defiant heroes draw our attention. They are Judah Maccabee, the protagonist of Hanukkah’s story, advancing towards battle with a tall spear, and the biblical Judith, proudly looking up at her sword while dangling Holofernes’ severed head.

🕎: Hanukkah Lamp (about 1750), German (Augsburg), silver-gilt

12/09/2020
MFA Community Celebration: Hanukkah

Our seventh annual Hanukkah celebration is going virtual! Join us online as we honor the rich history and traditions of the Jewish festival of lights through music, dance, an artist talk and a community candle lighting.

The free event is hosted in partnership with the Jewish Arts Collaborative, CJP - Combined Jewish Philanthropies and the Consulate of Israel to New England (Israel in Boston). It features:

– A community candle lighting

– Music from singer-songwriter Tamar Radah

– Simona Di Nepi, Charles and Lynn Schusterman Curator of Judaica, in conversation with artists Moshe Zabari and Tamar Paley

– The Boston Dance Theater performing “Shadows and Flame,” a new work commissioned for the MFA’s Hanukkah celebration

– Music from multi-instrumentalist Hankus Netsky

Hanukkah at the MFA is sponsored by Chase.

Join us at 7 pm on Wednesday, December 16 for an encore broadcast of our Sound Bites concert with violinist Lilit Hartun...
12/09/2020

Join us at 7 pm on Wednesday, December 16 for an encore broadcast of our Sound Bites concert with violinist Lilit Hartunian, inspired by "Monet and Boston: Lasting Impression" 🎻 ✨

The performance, originally aired in May, features three pieces by composers who were active during Monet’s lifetime—S. C. Eckhardt-Gramatté, Erik Satie and Claude Debussy—paired with three works by the artist.

📺 Tune in on Facebook, YouTube or our website: https://bit.ly/36QnKAq

🖼️: "Water Lilies" (1905), oil on canvas

We're thrilled that "Writing the Future: Basquiat and the Hip-Hop Generation" has won ICMA's Award of Excellence in Art ...
12/08/2020

We're thrilled that "Writing the Future: Basquiat and the Hip-Hop Generation" has won ICMA's Award of Excellence in Art Books! Edited by exhibition co-curators Liz Munsell and Greg Tate, it makes a great holiday gift: https://bit.ly/33TpsyV

#TriviaTuesday: This work of art reinterprets what traditional Jewish ritual object?Hear from the artist, Tamar Paley, a...
12/08/2020

#TriviaTuesday: This work of art reinterprets what traditional Jewish ritual object?

Hear from the artist, Tamar Paley, at our virtual Hanukkah celebration on Wednesday: https://bit.ly/2Li43cn

12/07/2020
MFA Community Celebration: Hanukkah

Our seventh annual Hanukkah celebration is going virtual! Join us online as we honor the rich history and traditions of the Jewish festival of lights through music, dance, an artist talk and a community candle lighting.

The free event is hosted in partnership with the Jewish Arts Collaborative, CJP - Combined Jewish Philanthropies and the Consulate of Israel to New England (Israel in Boston). It features:

– A community candle lighting

– Music from singer-songwriter Tamar Radah

– Simona Di Nepi, Charles and Lynn Schusterman Curator of Judaica, in conversation with artists Moshe Zabari and Tamar Paley

– The Boston Dance Theater performing “Shadows and Flame,” a new work commissioned for the MFA’s Hanukkah celebration

– Music from multi-instrumentalist Hankus Netsky

Hanukkah at the MFA is sponsored by Chase.

In this composition, Stuart Davis, born on this day in 1892, took traditional still life elements—fruit and pottery—and ...
12/07/2020

In this composition, Stuart Davis, born on this day in 1892, took traditional still life elements—fruit and pottery—and transformed them using a modernist vocabulary. The organic shapes are reduced to striking, graphic forms similar to the advertising imagery Davis had experimented with earlier in the decade.

🎨: "Apples and Jug" (1923), oil on composition board

“Cézanne: In and Out of Time” includes six privately owned paintings that have never before been exhibited at the MFA. R...
12/07/2020

“Cézanne: In and Out of Time” includes six privately owned paintings that have never before been exhibited at the MFA.

Reserve your general admission tickets now for the rare opportunity to see a dozen paintings by the trailblazing artist in conversation with work by Degas, Pissarro, Renoir and others! https://bit.ly/2JAl5RY

🖼️: "La Côte Saint-Denis à Pontoise (La Côte Saint‑Denis, Pontoise)" (about 1877), oil on canvas, private collection

When Netflix asks you if you're still watching... 😐 🖼️: "Marquis de Pastoret" (1829), Marquis de Pastoret
12/07/2020

When Netflix asks you if you're still watching... 😐

🖼️: "Marquis de Pastoret" (1829), Marquis de Pastoret

This Wednesday evening we're virtually hosting our seventh annual Hanukkah celebration in partnership with the Jewish Ar...
12/06/2020

This Wednesday evening we're virtually hosting our seventh annual Hanukkah celebration in partnership with the Jewish Arts Collaborative, CJP - Combined Jewish Philanthropies, and Israel in Boston! 🕎

Tune in at 6 pm for a community candle lighting, music, dance and conversations with contemporary artists Moshe Zabari and Tamar Paley: https://bit.ly/37Glxqy

Sponsored by Chase.

🎨: Holiday Kiddush cup (1993), Moshe Zabari, silver with gold rim

*Watches "The Queen's Gambit" once*🎨: "Chess board" by an unidentified French artist, color lithograph on card stock
12/06/2020

*Watches "The Queen's Gambit" once*

🎨: "Chess board" by an unidentified French artist, color lithograph on card stock

This storm is snow laughing matter! Stay safe and warm out there ❄️ ☂️ 🎨 : "Kittens by a fireplace." (about 1903), chrom...
12/05/2020

This storm is snow laughing matter! Stay safe and warm out there ❄️ ☂️

🎨 : "Kittens by a fireplace." (about 1903), chromolithograph on card stock, published by Raphael Tuck & Sons. From the Leonard A. Lauder Postcard Archive.

Happy birthday to Yosh*tomo Nara! 🎉 The artist's "Your Dog" (2003) has quickly become a visitor favorite since being ins...
12/05/2020

Happy birthday to Yosh*tomo Nara! 🎉

The artist's "Your Dog" (2003) has quickly become a visitor favorite since being installed in our Shapiro Family Courtyard last year—and it's earned Riley's paw of approval, too 🐶

This jacket was collaboratively embellished by Keith Haring and LA2 and worn by Madonna—then an aspiring pop star—for he...
12/04/2020

This jacket was collaboratively embellished by Keith Haring and LA2 and worn by Madonna—then an aspiring pop star—for her debut performance of "Dress You Up" at the Paradise Garage on the occasion of Haring's 26th birthday celebration.

See the full outfit and more works by Haring and LA2 in "Writing the Future: Basquiat and the Hip-Hop Generation." Exhibition tickets for December weekends are sold out, but weekdays are still available! Plan your visit: https://bit.ly/33w5nP8

🧥: "Untitled" (1984), acrylic on leather, Keith Haring Foundation

“Artists work their entire life to get this level of acknowledgment and respect. I’m over the moon.”We’re excited to unv...
12/03/2020

“Artists work their entire life to get this level of acknowledgment and respect. I’m over the moon.”

We’re excited to unveil artwork by Rob Stull at our Huntington Avenue Entrance—the first time in our history that work by a Boston artist has been featured on our façade! 🎉 ⁣

As artist-in-residence, Stull has created a visual response to “Writing the Future: Basquiat and the Hip-Hop Generation” through a series of black-and-white tribute drawings honoring artists in the exhibition and his fellow “Boston writer” Rob "Problak" Gibbs. The six original drawings are on view inside the Museum, and three—depicting Basquiat, Lady Pink and Futura—have been enlarged into 25-foot-tall banners that will now greet all visitors and passersby.

✋ Raise your hand if this week has already been the longest year of your life 😴This week's fan favorite is @spindalee on...
12/03/2020

✋ Raise your hand if this week has already been the longest year of your life 😴

This week's fan favorite is @spindalee on Instagram! Enter next week using #mfaBoston 📷

Every year, the MFA collaborates with a local artist and 12 Community Arts Initiative partners to introduce kids ages 6 ...
12/02/2020

Every year, the MFA collaborates with a local artist and 12 Community Arts Initiative partners to introduce kids ages 6 to 12 to the Museum’s collection and the art-making process 🎨

Now on view, the exhibition "Community Arts: Initiative: Exchange Codes" was created by Sarah Pollman in collaboration with 217 young artists and marks the 15th year of the project 🎉

📣 Want to help us create the 2022 Artist Project? Submissions for a lead artist are open through January 22, 2021: https://bit.ly/2VnGMay

While you wait for more "Monet and Boston" tickets to be released later this month, why not pay a visit to Monsieur and ...
12/02/2020

While you wait for more "Monet and Boston" tickets to be released later this month, why not pay a visit to Monsieur and Madame Roulin?

These paintings belong to the two most celebrated series Vincent van Gogh ever painted. Together they demonstrate the evolution of the artist's approach to portraiture, which he described as "the thing that enables me to cultivate what's best and most serious in me."

Five works by Van Gogh, including "Postman Joseph Roulin" (1888) and "Lullaby: Madame Augustine Roulin Rocking a Cradle (La Berceuse)" (1889), are on view in our European galleries. Access is included in general admission—book your December visit: https://bit.ly/39L1Wbp

#TriviaTuesday: Renoir's model for this work was likely Camille, the wife of which of his fellow Impressionists?See "Wom...
12/01/2020

#TriviaTuesday: Renoir's model for this work was likely Camille, the wife of which of his fellow Impressionists?

See "Woman with a Parasol and Small Child on a Sunlit Hillside" (about 1874-76) on view in our European galleries!

Today, on #GivingTuesday, we’re asking you to consider a gift to the MFA. Visitors like you provide much of the revenue ...
12/01/2020

Today, on #GivingTuesday, we’re asking you to consider a gift to the MFA. Visitors like you provide much of the revenue we need to care for our collection of more than 500,000 objects, and this year, we need your help more than ever. We’re limiting capacity in order to encourage social distancing while also spending more on face coverings and supplies to keep our community safe.

Even if you can’t visit, you can still support us during this time of crisis with a gift to the MFA: https://bit.ly/3mssPEp

The town of Fort Scott, Kansas was an emotional touchstone for Gordon Parks, who was born there on this day in 1912.In t...
11/30/2020

The town of Fort Scott, Kansas was an emotional touchstone for Gordon Parks, who was born there on this day in 1912.

In the late spring of 1950, Parks—by then a staff photographer for LIFE magazine—was approached by his editors to do a feature on the topic of segregated schools. Deciding to tackle the assignment through the lens of his own childhood, he set out to reconnect with 11 of his elementary school classmates—the entire class of 1927—from the all-Black Plaza School that they had attended in Fort Scott.

This powerful portrait depicts Parks' classmate Pauline Terry and her husband, Bert Collins, walking to Sunday services at Macedonia Baptist Church in Detroit.

📷: "Husband and Wife, Sunday Morning, Detroit, Michigan" (1950), on view in "Black Histories, Black Futures"

“When Monet was having a particularly tough day, struggling to paint, his wife would hide the Cézanne paintings. It seem...
11/30/2020

“When Monet was having a particularly tough day, struggling to paint, his wife would hide the Cézanne paintings. It seemed he found the artist’s achievement distracting and intimidating!” —Katie Hanson, Associate Curator, Art of Europe

Did you know that Monet owned 14 Cézanne paintings, including this landscape which is now in the MFA’s collection? The artists deeply admired each other’s work.

See “Turn in the Road” (about 1881) in “Cézanne: In and Out of Time,” which features 12 paintings by the trailblazing artist in conversation with works by his peers. Access is included in general admission—reserve your timed-entry tickets now: https://bit.ly/3fEexOg

We were honored to have Futura, whose work is featured in “Writing the Future: Basquiat and the Hip-Hop Generation,” vis...
11/29/2020

We were honored to have Futura, whose work is featured in “Writing the Future: Basquiat and the Hip-Hop Generation,” visit the MFA today and tour the exhibition with curator Liz Munsell!

Here’s the artist in front of “Untitled,” which he painted in 1982, on stage during a performance of the first hip-hop tour in Europe.

Ready, set, caption this! 📝 ⁣⁣🖼️: "Portrait of a Young Married Couple" (about 1621–22), Jacob Jordaens
11/29/2020

Ready, set, caption this! 📝 ⁣

🖼️: "Portrait of a Young Married Couple" (about 1621–22), Jacob Jordaens

Donatello carved this image in flattened relief (rilievo schiacciato), a technique of his own invention in which a sculp...
11/28/2020

Donatello carved this image in flattened relief (rilievo schiacciato), a technique of his own invention in which a sculptor could create the illusion of volumetric forms set into deep, continuous space with the most subtle and shallow carving.⁣

The Madonna sits as if on the ground, to convey the idea of humility, but Donatello sets her in the clouds, so she also becomes Queen of Heaven. A feeling of weighty foreboding is expressed in the Madonna's somber profile, which seems to look into the Christ Child's tragic future.⁣
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Pictured: "Madonna of the Clouds" (about 1425–35), back on view in our European galleries

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I realize that there aren't any day-of tickets sold - but is there a waitlist in case someone who's purchased tickets can't go? Just learned I'll be in Boston for Thanksgiving and would love to see Basquiat while I'm in town. Thanks!
is there a link to the Ezra Furman live stream show?
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Why can‘t we get tickets for the Basquiat hip hop show? Site says all month sold out and won’t let your reserve into November.
"Rest on the Flight into Egypt" -- 21st century and 19th century
Nancy Berliner's essay about the monumental Chinese rock outside the MRA