Gallery 171, 1st floor
Contemporary artist Bruce Nauman has consistently questioned the definition of art, the structure of language, and the limits of perception. In this installation, explore a sampling of his work—from neon signs and video to fiberglass sculpture—which has influenced several generations of artists across the world.
Super Bowl Prize: A Portrait of an American Patriot
Flammer Gallery 102, 1st floor
The Eagles beat the Patriots in Super Bowl LII, and we won our wager with the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The spoils? A three-month loan of this remarkable painting. Go Eagles! Poet, playwright, satirist, and historian, Mercy Otis Warren was a true American patriot. Raised in a family of politicians who spoke out against British rule, she initially published her writings anonymously to cloak her identity as a woman. Later in life, she published under her own name a three-volume history of the American Revolution. John Singleton Copley, the finest painter in the colonies, captures the grace and determination of this champion of women’s political activism.
Behind the Scenes: Recently Conserved Korean Paintings
Baldeck Gallery 238, 2nd floor
Discover the fascinating stories revealed during a recent conservation treatment of four rare screen paintings. Traditional Korean paintings such as these are not often seen outside Korea.
The Art of the Peales
Flammer Gallery 102 and Galleries 107 & 109, 1st floor
Delight in our unparalleled collection of works by America’s first artistic dynasty, the Peale family. In this selection, see how the Peales captured family life, documented important figures of the day, and established the American still-life tradition.
Literati Pursuits: Chinese Paintings and Objects from the Scholar’s Study
Hollis Scholar’s Study 240 & 240a, 2nd floor
Explore our Chinese scholar’s study alongside innovative objects by contemporary artist Wang Qin, who pays tribute to the Chinese tradition of calligraphy with glass works that appear to be brushed with abstract ink patterns. Browse all the objects in the scholar’s study >>
Galleries 181–183, 1st floor
The world’s most renowned collection of works by Marcel Duchamp. Highlights include: Étant donnés, described by Jasper Johns as “the strangest work of art in any museum”; The Large Glass, which still occupies the space chosen by the artist a half-century ago; and the landmark painting Nude Descending a Staircase (No. 2). Browse additional works by Duchamp in our collection >>
Rodin’s Bust of Napoleon
Gallery 155, 1st floor
Get a first look at a marble sculpture that was recently rediscovered in a New Jersey town hall as a work by Rodin. Also experience two bronzes by the artist, The Thinker and John the Baptist Preaching. Want more Rodin? Then head to the nearby Rodin Museum and explore an installation focused on the artist’s intimate and powerful depictions of romantic love.
Chinese Buddhist Art
Hollis Baldeck Gallery 239, 2nd floor
Explore Buddhist sculpture from China as well as an ornate ceiling from the Zhihua temple in Beijing. Also be among the first visitors to enjoy our latest gallery interactive, which allows you to zoom in and marvel at the ceiling’s carvings of dragons, phoenixes, and Buddhas. Browse more works in this installation >>
Fifty Days at Iliam
Gray Charitable Trust Galleries 184 & 185, 1st floor
Experience Cy Twombly’s ambitious retelling of Homer’s Iliad. A “painting in ten parts” about the final days of the Trojan War, Fifty Days at Iliam represents the pinnacle of the artist’s lifelong preoccupation with classical mythology.
Cy Twombly: Sculptures and Works on Paper
Gallery 178, 1st floor
While mostly known as a painter, Cy Twombly experimented with other media throughout his artistic career. In this installation, examine how he pushed the limits of established art making to create powerful works of uncommon beauty.
Galleries 186 & 187, 1st floor
See how modern artists like Diego Rivera, Rufino Tamayo, and David Alfaro Siqueiros created innovative works that reflect Mexico’s history, tradition, and identity.
John G. Johnson at Home
Gallery 271, 2nd floor
Examine John G. Johnson’s collection of Renaissance textiles and embroideries.
A Teahouse for Philadelphia
Galleries 241–243, 2nd floor
Join us as we celebrate the one hundredth anniversary of our Japanese teahouse, Sunkaraku, with this special installation of teaware and utensils. Browse more works in this installation >>
Charm and Distinction: Sculpture from the Johnson Collection
Gallery 273, 2nd floor
Rarely seen sculptures that reveal the eclectic tastes of a turn-of-the-century Philadelphia collector, John G. Johnson
Gallery 156, 1st floor
Get a closer look at ceramics and other decorative objects that reflect the European vogue for the Renaissance in the 1800s. Included are works that were shown in Philadelphia at the 1876 World’s Fair.
At the Center: Masters of American Craft
Gallery 119, 1st floor
Alluring works by three key figures in the field of American contemporary craft: fiber artist Yvonne Pacanovsky Bobrowicz, sculptor Jack Larimore, and jeweler Sharon Church
Transplanting Traditions: Furniture from the Anne H. and Frederick Vogel III Collection
Sherrerd Galleries 103 and 105 and Flammer Gallery 102, 1st floor
Explore the cultural diversity, regional differences, and colorful environment of the early American colonies. The furniture in this installation was recently given to the Museum by Anne H. and Frederick Vogel III, who compiled a remarkable collection from the early periods of European colonial settlement.
Wear Words: Text in Fashion
Costume & Textiles Study Gallery, 2nd floor, Perelman Building
Text on clothing can communicate many things. It can summon a memory, proclaim beliefs or affiliations, or challenge the status quo. This installation explores various intersections of text and fashion, from intimate to in-your-face. View more objects in this gallery >>
Drawing Room from a New York Town House
Gallery 265, second floor
Explore this luxurious space, which stands as a rare document of life during the Gilded Age. Originally installed in the New York town house of heiress Eleanore Elkins Rice in the 1920s, this elegant gallery features a distinguished collection of French furniture, porcelain, and textiles of the 1700s. It is the only historic interior in the Museum’s collection with its original furnishings. View more objects in this gallery>>