The Year Ahead
Upcoming Art and Exhibitions
See ancient Egyptian sculpture in vibrant new spaces, the extraordinary stories of ordinary people in “Fabric of a Nation,” and a blockbuster exhibition of work by J. M. W. Turner—whose radical expressions in painting broke convention and embraced the changes of the industrial revolution. There’s plenty to get excited about in the year ahead.
Just opened in 2021
Journey back 4,500 years to the Giza plateau in ancient Egypt, and immerse yourself in some of the most famous Egyptian sculptures in the world in this vibrant new display of the MFA’s ancient art.
July 3, 2021–February 6, 2022
See the MFA’s newest contemporary pieces in dialogue with objects from collections across the Museum, and enjoy finding unexpected connections and new narratives.
July 17, 2021–January 23, 2022
Explore the art of illustration through collages by Ekua Holmes—artist, activist, and lifelong resident of Roxbury—that reveal stories of self-determination, love, and community.
Experience a broader account of Dutch and Flemish art from the 17th century. These immersive galleries incorporate new acquisitions that highlight women artists, global cultural connections, and the burgeoning art market.
October 10, 2021–January 17, 2022
This fall, we present more than 50 amazing handmade works by a diversity of artists from the 17th century to today. The stories they tell challenge us to consider the complicated legacies ingrained in the fabric of American life.
Fully transformed galleries create a grand entry to the MFA’s collection of Greek and Roman art, one of the finest in the world, and a new home for the collection of Byzantine art.
March 27–July 10, 2022
A landmark exhibition of more than 100 works by British artist J. M. W. Turner (1775–1851) demonstrates the artist’s commitment to depicting the great events and issues of his time.
May 1–September 11, 2022
Delve into a contemporary look at the great American 20th-century painter Philip Guston (1913–1980), whose work excites both admiration and controversy.