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The Museum’s galleries beckon with treasures from all corners of the globe, boasting works of art from pre-antiquity to the present day. So whether you’re searching for quiet contemplation or visual stimulation, whether you want to visit a favorite collection or discover a brand new installation, the Museum offers over 200 galleries for you to explore and enjoy.

Highlights

American Abstraction
Gallery 119, first floor
The invention of abstraction was among the most important transformations in art during the last century. In this installation, view how key figures in modern art such as Alexander Calder, Ad Reinhardt, Hans Hofmann, and Josef Albers banished recognizable images to create exuberant paintings, sculptures, and prints.

Interfaces: Outsider Art and the Mainstream
Korman Galleries 121–123, first floor
Examine intriguing examples of outsider art by Martín Ramírez, James Castle, and other self-taught artists alongside works by figures like Pablo Picasso, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Paul Klee. See how both self-taught and mainstream practitioners employ collage, found materials, texts, abstraction, dreamlike imagery, and other strategies to create compelling works of art.

Chic Shawls from the Early Twentieth Century
Costume and Textiles Study Gallery, Perelman Building
For an elegant woman of the early 1900s, an exquisite shawl was the ultimate fashion statement, ensuring she was both picturesque and chic. The luxuriant curves created by this expressive accessory softened the lean, sculptural lines of late 1910s and 1920s fashions. Explore this gallery and see how the versatile garment can provide an artistic accent, a splash of color, and a touch of the romantic or exotic.

John G. Johnson and British Painting
Gallery 273, second floor
During his lifetime, the esteemed Philadelphia lawyer John G. Johnson (1841–1917) amassed one of the finest holdings of paintings in the United States. This installation focuses on a small but intriguing selection of British landscapes, portraits, and informal sketches from his notable collection, including works by Thomas Gainsborough, John Constable, and Sir Joshua Reynolds.

Art and Wonder: A Cabinet of Collections
Gallery 257, second floor
In Europe, from the 1500s to the early 1700s, fascination with notable works of art, natural wonders, and objects of scientific ingenuity was explored through the creation of encyclopedic collections. The works in this gallery represent the varied categories of curiosities found in such collections. They also reflect the discoveries in geography, astronomy, and science that took place in this period.

Flowers and Birds, Wind and Moon: Nature’s Presence in Japanese Art and Culture
Galleries 241–243
An attention to and reverence for nature can be found in all aspects of Japanese society. This installation looks at nature’s many manifestations in Japanese art and culture, including painting, religious and social ritual, and poetry, as well as its strong voice in contemporary Japanese art and design.

Reinventing Italy’s Decorative Arts: Velvets and Glass from the Interwar Era
Gallery 271, second floor
Uncover surprising parallels among dramatic velvet capes and glassworks created in Italy in the 1920s and 1930s. Though designers Maria Monaci Gallenga and Vittorio Zecchin and companies Venini S.p.A., Cappellin & C., and Zecchin and Martinuzzi focused on different areas of the decorative arts, their works reveal interesting similarities in color, luminosity, and form. Seeking inspiration from Italy’s past, they developed innovative techniques and produced stunning pieces that would bring them international attention.

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.

Please note, some of the objects on view in these galleries may rotate periodically.

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