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Current Exhibitions

Through March 4, 2018
Gallery 246
This focused exhibition brings together sculptures and drawings from private collections and the museum’s holdings to explore the artist’s creative process and his narrative skill.
This focused exhibition brings together sculptures and drawings from private collections and the museum’s holdings to explore the artist’s creative process and his narrative skill.
Now Open
Galleries 235–239
Hundreds of objects from the Middle Ages and Renaissance—monumental altarpieces, exquisite jewelry, and the beloved arms and armor collection—return in a sumptuous, immersive display.
Hundreds of objects from the Middle Ages and Renaissance—monumental altarpieces, exquisite jewelry, and the beloved arms and armor collection—return in a sumptuous, immersive display.
Through March 4, 2018
Galleries 101A, 140–43
Eight large triptychs from the "Indian Civilization" series, the last works of M. F. Husain, celebrate India’s rich and diverse culture and history.
Eight large triptychs from the "Indian Civilization" series, the last works of M. F. Husain, celebrate India’s rich and diverse culture and history.
Through April 1, 2018
Galleries 57–59
This presentation of 27 quilts explores the way these textiles function as keepsakes and considers how their material fabrication mimics the construction of memory.
This presentation of 27 quilts explores the way these textiles function as keepsakes and considers how their material fabrication mimics the construction of memory.
Through April 1, 2018
Galleries 124–27
This rich selection of Fuseli’s drawings and prints showcases his passionate and singular approach to drawing, born of political revolutions and radical aesthetic shifts.
This rich selection of Fuseli’s drawings and prints showcases his passionate and singular approach to drawing, born of political revolutions and radical aesthetic shifts.
Through April 8, 2018
Gallery 107
This focused exhibition examines representations of the Japanese practice of ikebana—the artful display of flowers.
This focused exhibition examines representations of the Japanese practice of ikebana—the artful display of flowers.
Through April 8, 2018
Gallery 134
From historical sites to sacred mountains, Chinese artists of the Ming and Qing dynasties paid increasing attention to the geography, geology, and environmental conditions of memorable attractions.
From historical sites to sacred mountains, Chinese artists of the Ming and Qing dynasties paid increasing attention to the geography, geology, and environmental conditions of memorable attractions.
Through April 9, 2018
Ryerson and Burnham Libraries (weekdays only)
This exhibition presents early 19th-century architectural and interior designs by Pierre-Francois-Léonard Fontaine and Charles Percier, key proponents of the Empire style.
This exhibition presents early 19th-century architectural and interior designs by Pierre-Francois-Léonard Fontaine and Charles Percier, key proponents of the Empire style.
Through April 15, 2018
Bluhm Family Terrace
This new series of bronze and ceramic sculptures by British artist Andrew Lord was inspired by 19th- and 20th-century paintings that portray time passing and the fragility of the human condition.
This new series of bronze and ceramic sculptures by British artist Andrew Lord was inspired by 19th- and 20th-century paintings that portray time passing and the fragility of the human condition.
Through April 15, 2018
Galleries 186 and 188
This exhibition pairs two immersive installations by Algerian-born French artist Philippe Parreno that explore how humans and objects interact to create a social relationship.
This exhibition pairs two immersive installations by Algerian-born French artist Philippe Parreno that explore how humans and objects interact to create a social relationship.
Through April 22, 2018
Gallery 1
This exhibition presents five series—from the 1870s to the present—that exemplify the power of clothing to shape identities in front of the camera.
This exhibition presents five series—from the 1870s to the present—that exemplify the power of clothing to shape identities in front of the camera.
Through April 29, 2018
Galleries 182–84
This ongoing drawing and embroidery series collects histories and personal experiences that continue to emerge from the current humanitarian and political crises in Syria and the Middle East.
This ongoing drawing and embroidery series collects histories and personal experiences that continue to emerge from the current humanitarian and political crises in Syria and the Middle East.
Through May 28, 2018
Galleries 204–204A
Nearly 30 manuscript illuminations present a fascinating microcosm of medieval Europe—from the sacred context of the great Gothic cathedrals to the cosmopolitan culture of the sunlit Italian courts.
Nearly 30 manuscript illuminations present a fascinating microcosm of medieval Europe—from the sacred context of the great Gothic cathedrals to the cosmopolitan culture of the sunlit Italian courts.
Through June 24, 2018
Galleries 101, 108–9, 130, 132, and 134–35
Created for the Art Institute, this installation of a set of painted pillars and a number of monumental landscape paintings transports viewers to a natural and mystical realm.
Created for the Art Institute, this installation of a set of painted pillars and a number of monumental landscape paintings transports viewers to a natural and mystical realm.
Now Open
Gallery 285
A new installation of the museum’s collection of 20th- and 21st-century architecture and design works presents the two as an integrated, ever-changing, and multilayered experience.
A new installation of the museum’s collection of 20th- and 21st-century architecture and design works presents the two as an integrated, ever-changing, and multilayered experience.
Ongoing
Galleries 150–154
Through over 550 works, these stunning new galleries present the origins and early development of Western art from the third millennium B.C. to the time of the great Byzantine Empire.
Through over 550 works, these stunning new galleries present the origins and early development of Western art from the third millennium B.C. to the time of the great Byzantine Empire.
Ongoing
Ryan Learning Center
Four specially treated sculpture let visitors experience how the sense of touch can enrich their appreciation of art.
Four specially treated sculpture let visitors experience how the sense of touch can enrich their appreciation of art.
Ongoing
Galleries 288, 290–299
Iconic contemporary masterpieces by artists such as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, and Jasper Johns are among the 44 new works that transform the presentation of our contemporary collection.
Iconic contemporary masterpieces by artists such as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, and Jasper Johns are among the 44 new works that transform the presentation of our contemporary collection.