Past Exhibitions

Chinese Jades from the Hartman Collection

August 23, 2003–November 3, 2004

The essence of immortality—6,000 years of jade on view

Callot and His World
Princes, Paupers, and Pageants

July 23, 2003–January 25, 2004

Jacques Callot (1592-1635) was one of the most important European graphic artists of his time, and his neat, precise etching style influenced...

A Singular Vision
The Melvin Blake and Frank Purnell Legacy

February 4–July 18, 2003

The MFA has acquired the most important paintings, drawings, and sculpture from an exceptional collection assembled by the late Melvin Blake (a...

Adam Fuss

September 25, 2002–January 12, 2003

At a moment in time when large format, digitally manipulated color photographs compete with paintings for our attention, Adam Fuss continues to make...

Annual Summer Masterwork Exchange with the Metropolitan Museum of Art

July 5–September 2, 2002

Cuddly lions are generally not associated with Egypt, where these awesome beasts often serve as temple guardians or symbolize the power of kingship...

Building A Collection
Recent Acquisitions of Contemporary Art

April 24–August 18, 2002

The artworks in "Building a Collection" share two important qualities: each is a significant addition to the Museum’s distinguished collection, and...

Earth Transformed
Chinese Ceramics

October 27, 2001–July 18, 2003

"Earth Transformed: Chinese Ceramics in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston," was a special installation of 79 Chinese ceramics from the museum's renowned...

Fashion Photographs by William Wegman

October 21, 2001–January 6, 2002

In the late 90's, Photographer William Wegman began making large-format Polaroid portraits of his dogs dressed in contemporary designer fashions. This...

A Studio of Her Own
Women Artists in Boston 1870-1940

August 15–December 2, 2001

"A Studio of Her Own: Women Artists in Boston 1870-1940," presents over eighty of the finest paintings, sculpture, and decorative arts created by...

Art of the Natural World
Recent Gifts from the Rosenblum Family Collection

June 2–December 2, 2001

For more than a millennium, the integral relationship between nature and art has been a highly revered belief in Chinese culture, particularly among...