Past Exhibitions

Treasures from the Vault

May 7 through October 6, 2013

Highlights from this season's selection include a mid-fifteenth-century English cooking scroll; autograph music manuscripts by Wagner, Verdi, and Britten; the first book printed in the English language; letters from Jane Austen and Albert Einstein; and photographer Edward Steichen's famous portrait of Pierpont Morgan.

Image of Cookery Scroll

Illuminating Faith: The Eucharist in Medieval Life and Art

May 17 through September 15, 2013

Featuring more than sixty-five exquisitely illuminated manuscripts, Illuminating Faith offers glimpses into medieval culture, and explores the ways in which artists of the period depicted the celebration of the sacrament and its powerful hold on society.

Subliming Vessel: The Drawings of Matthew Barney

May 10 through September 2, 2013

This show is the first-ever museum exhibition devoted to Matthew Barney's drawings and includes approximately 100 works.

New Acquisition: The Saint John's Bible

May 7 through August 25, 2013

The Morgan celebrates the recently-completed Saint John's Bible, created using traditional illumination techniques.

St. John's Bible

Degas, Miss La La, and the Cirque Fernando

February 15 through May 12, 2013

The exhibition brings together for the first time Degas's remarkable painting, on loan from the National Gallery, London, and nearly all of the related preparatory works.

Miss La La at the Cirque Fernando image

Treasures from the Vault

January 15 through May 5, 2013

Treasures from the Vault offers a changing selection of works drawn from the Morgan's celebrated collections of medieval manuscripts, printed books and bindings, literary manuscripts, private letters and correspondence, and original music.

Marcel Proust and Swann's Way: 100th Anniversary

February 15 through April 28, 2013

The Morgan celebrates the 1913 publication of Swann's Way with a fascinating selection of the author's notebooks, preliminary drafts, galley-proofs, and other documents from the collection of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France.

Phot of Proust

Drawing Surrealism

January 25 through April 21, 2013

Bringing together more than 160 works on paper by such iconic artists as Salvador Dalí, Max Ernst, Leonora Carrington, and Joan Miró, this is the first major exhibition to explore the central role of drawing in surrealism, one of the most important movements in twentieth-century art.

The Morgan–Renzo Piano Building Workshop Project with a Brief History

April 29, 2006 through April 14, 2013

The Morgan expansion project is the subject of a special exhibition that begins with a historical survey of the site from the 1850s through today.

Fantasy and Invention: Rosso Fiorentino and Sixteenth-Century Florentine Drawing

November 16, 2012, through February 3, 2013

The Morgan presents this exhibition on the occasion of an important loan from the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore: Rosso Fiorentino's Holy Family with the Young Saint John the Baptist.

Image of Holy Family with the Young Saint John the Baptist