American Artists on the World's Stage
Galleries 110 and 111, first floor
Celebrate the return of Thomas Eakins’s The Gross Clinic to the Museum’s American art galleries. One of the greatest American paintings ever made, this portrait of world-famous surgeon and teacher Dr. Samuel Gross sparked both controversy and praise at its first showing in Philadelphia at the Centennial Exhibition in 1876. Explore the striking image with a diverse selection of paintings, sculptures, and decorative art objects that showcase the cosmopolitan spirit and ambition of American artists in the second half of the nineteenth century.
Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele
Gallery 158, first floor
This installation presents two dramatic paintings by Viennese master Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele, who was nearly twenty-eight years his junior. Enjoy a side-by-side presentation of Klimt’s portrait of a young Austrian woman and Schiele’s image of the mythical beauty Danaë, who the elder artist had erotically depicted just two years earlier.
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs Study Gallery, Perelman Building
Kamisaka Sekka was a master of the historic Japanese artistic tradition known as Rimpa, a highly decorative style that originated in the 1600s. Called the father of Japanese modern design, he combined the traditional Rimpa aesthetic with his own innovative imagery and collaborated with artisans who utilized his designs in ceramics, lacquerware, and textiles. This installation highlights a selection of his prints.
Playful Prints: Animal and Circus Scenes
Korman Galleries 121–123, first floor
Visitors of all ages will delight in this playful selection of twentieth-century works on paper. A section devoted to circus scenes includes works by two of Philadelphia’s favorite artists, Alfred Bendiner and Peter Paone. Also on view is a menagerie of animals of every kind that features etchings by Pablo Picasso, woodcuts by Antonio Frasconi, and lithographs by Wanda Gág.
Arthur B. Carles and His Contemporaries
Gallery 119, first floor
See works by Philadelphia painter Arthur B. Carles, who developed his progressive style after traveling in France and encountering the colorful, Modernist imagery of such masters as Cézanne and Matisse. His images are shown alongside paintings by contemporaries Charles Demuth and George Biddle and decorative art by Wharton Esherick and George Nakashima.
Notations/Revolutions of the Real: Painting the Figure, 1960s to Now
Gallery 176, first floor
View paintings by Chuck Close, Alice Neel, Alex Katz, Sidney Goodman, and other contemporary artists, and compare their varied approaches to depicting the human figure in everyday life, from painterly and intimate works to photographic or panoramic visions.
Silver and Gold Fashions Since 1960
Costume and Textiles Study Gallery, Perelman Building
In the mood for a bit of razzle-dazzle? Then come explore this presentation of glamorous and glittering dresses and accessories that utilize metallics in fashion-forward ways. See how designers Yves Saint Laurent, Hubert de Givenchy, Pierre Cardin, Geoffrey Beene, Paco Rabanne, Rudi Gernreich, and others have used sparkling fabrics, embroidery, sequins, beads, and linked rings to put a twinkle in your eye.
Forms of Elegance: Chinese Ceramics from the Ninth to Fourteenth Centuries
Gallery 235, second floor
Examine Chinese ceramics from a period considered by many to be the highest achievement in the art form. Magnificent wares created by Song dynasty (960–1279) potters would later inspire others—from eighteenth-century Chinese emperors to twentieth-century Western artists—to appreciate, collect, and emulate them. Also presented in this gallery are large-scale, abstract photographs by Eric Zetterquist highlighting these elegant and dynamic forms.
On the Leading Edge: Decorative Arts in Philadelphia, 1720–1880
Gallery 286, second floor
Silver, porcelain, furniture, and other objects in this gallery illustrate the originality and innovation of Philadelphia’s decorative arts during the city’s first two hundred years of settlement. Vibrant trade and a growing population encouraged the flow of new ideas and inspired artists to create designs unique to Philadelphia, which by 1772 was the second largest city in the British Empire after London.
American Impressionism and Realism in Pennsylvania
Gallery 49, ground floor
In the 1880s and 1890s a group of painters at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts embraced an art based on modern American life, both urban and rural. Inspired by the light, color, and contemporary subject matter of the French Impressionists and the dark realism of Dutch and Spanish Old Masters, they developed an approach based on painting from life, often “en plein air” (in the open air).
The Peacock and the Cobra: James Prosek among the Arts of South Asia
Gallery 227, second floor
Explore a portfolio by contemporary artist and naturalist James Prosek amid a variety of painted pages and other objects from India and Pakistan. Presented as an oversize, colonial-era matchbox, The Peacock and the Cobra portfolio invokes ideas and images from the subcontinent while playfully inverting the documentary tradition of natural history painting.
The Path and the Fruit: Tibetan Buddhist Art of the Sakya Lineage
Gallery 232, second floor
Discover paintings and sculpture created for the Sakya lineage, one of the four main traditions of Tibetan Buddhism. Founded more than a thousand years ago in southern Tibet, the Sakya lineage held tremendous political power in the region during the thirteenth century. The Lamdre (literally “the path and the fruit”) is the principal teaching of this lineage.