Current and Upcoming Traveling Exhibitions

Through Traveling Exhibitions, the MFA is able to engage with audiences around the world. We invite you to experience our collections by visiting an MFA Traveling Exhibition at one of our global partner institutions.


Great Collectors: Masterpieces from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

This exhibition shares the personal stories of some of the Museum’s generous benefactors, whose peerless philanthropy helped to build the MFA’s collection. Curated by Maureen Melton, Susan Morse Hilles Director of Libraries and Archives and Museum Historian.

Venue Dates
Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum July 18–October 9, 2017
Kobe City Museum October 28, 2017–February 4, 2018
Nagoya/Boston Museum of Fine Arts February 18–July 1, 2018

Hiroshige: Visions from Japan

This exhibition celebrates the works of Utagawa Hiroshige (1797–1858), whose landscape prints are beloved today because they show an idealized view of Japan just before industrialization. Curated by Sarah Thompson, curator, Japanese Art.

Venue Dates
Scuderie del Quirinale, Rome March 1-July 29, 2018


This exhibition highlights the work of Suzuki Harunobu (1725–1770)—the first Japanese printmaker to design works printed in full color. Curated by Sarah Thompson, curator, Japanese Art.

Venue Dates
Chiba City Museum of Art September 6–October 23, 2017
Nagoya/Boston Museum of Fine Arts November 3, 2017–January 21, 2018
Abeno Harukas Art Museum April 24–June 24, 2018
Fukuoka City Museum July 7–August 26, 2018

La Parisienne: Portraying Women in the Capital of Culture, 1715–1965

This exhibition explores the changing image of Parisian women from the reign of Louis XV through the post-World War II era: creatures of myth, part fantasy, part reality; emblems of glamour; working women; objects of aesthetic adulation and of anthropological study; icons of high fashion and the bohemian life. Curated by Katie Hanson, assistant curator, Paintings, Art of Europe; and former curator Emily Beeny.

Venue Dates
Nagoya/Boston Museum of Fine Arts June 10–October 15, 2017
Setagaya Art Museum January 13–April 1, 2018
Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum April 11–June 10, 2018

In Pursuit of Happiness

Venue Dates
Nagoya/Boston Museum of Fine Arts July 23, 2018–October 8, 2018

Future Retro: Drawings from the Great Age of American Automobiles

This exhibition highlights drawings from the collection of Frederic A. Sharf that showcase the beauty and ingenuity of American automotive design during the decades following World War II, a landmark period in car styling. Curated by Clifford Ackley, Ruth and Carl J. Shapiro Curator of Prints and Drawings.

Venue Dates
Historic New England February 9–May 13, 2018

She Who Tells a Story: Women Photographers from Iran and the Arab World

This exhibition introduces the pioneering work of 12 leading women photographers from Iran and the Arab world. Curated by Kristen Gresh, Karsh Curator of Photographs.

Venue Dates
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston August 27, 2013–January 12, 2014
Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford University January 28–May 4, 2015
Carnegie Museum of Art May 30–September 28, 2015
National Museum of Women in the Arts April 8–July 31, 2016
Canadian War Museum December 5, 2017–March 4, 2018