Past Exhibitions

Piranesi and the Temples of Paestum: Drawings from Sir John Soane’s Museum

January 23 through May 17, 2015

In 1777, the great Italian draftsman, etcher and antiquarian Giovanni Battista Piranesi visited the haunting and majestic archaeological site of Paestum on the Gulf of Salerno south of Naples and produced a series of monumental drawings. Preserved at Sir John Soane’s Museum in London, the drawings have only recently been restored and will be shown in the United States for the first time.

Hebrew Illumination for Our Time: The Art of Barbara Wolff

February 6 through May 3, 2015

The exhibition offers startling illuminations—recent gifts to the Morgan—created by this contemporary artist.

Cy Twombly: Treatise on the Veil

September 26, 2014 through January 25, 2015

This exhibition showcases Cy Twombly's monumental painting Treatise on the Veil (Second Version), executed in Rome in 1970, and its related drawings, all from the Menil Collection in Houston.

The Untamed Landscape: Théodore Rousseau and the Path to Barbizon

September 26, 2014 through January 19, 2015

Comprising seventy works from private and public collections, including the Morgan Library & Museum, this exhibition will consider the artist's wide-ranging achievements as a draftsman and his particular approach to the open-air oil sketch.

Treasures from the Vault

September 9, 2014 through January 11, 2015

Treasures from the Vault, an ongoing exhibition series, features works drawn from these diverse collections in the sumptuous setting of Pierpont Morgan's 1906 Library.

Handmade: Artists' Holiday Cards from the Archives of American Art

November 21, 2014 through January 4, 2015

The Morgan will present an exhibition of highly original, graphically intriguing, and rarely seen handmade holiday cards created by major twentieth-century artists.

The Crusader Bible: A Gothic Masterpiece

October 17, 2014 through January 4, 2015

The spectacular Crusader Bible is one of the greatest illuminated manuscripts in the world, renowned as much for its unrivalled and boldly colored illustrations as it is for its fascinating history.

Sky Studies: Oil Sketches from the Thaw Collection

April 15 through December 28, 2014

The inaugural exhibition in a planned new series, the show's fourteen works highlight the innovative approaches employed by artists working in conditions that varied according to time of day, season, and weather conditions. The series will be drawn from the collection of oil sketches acquired by Morgan Trustee Eugene V. Thaw, who is also an honorary trustee of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and his wife, Clare.

From Here to Here: Richard McGuire Makes a Book

September 25 through November 9, 2014

The exhibition combines original drawings for the strip and the novel with source photographs, books that influenced the form and content of McGuire's invention, and collages and sketchbooks that afford glimpses into his creative process.

Marks of Genius: Treasures from the Bodleian Library

June 6 through September 28, 2014

The exhibition features approximately sixty rare and exceptional objects from diverse disciplines that serve as points of departure for exploring some of the fundamental meanings of genius.