MFA conservators are moving seven important Japanese sculptures from our beloved Buddhist Temple Room into an adjacent gallery, which is being transformed into a public conservation lab! Visitors will soon have the rare opportunity to watch as conservators restore these centuries-old wooden figures, which depict three Buddhas, three Guardian Kings and a Wisdom King. #mfaConservation
Do you have a work of art from our collection that you'd like to learn more about? @arielle.gspan recently requested @chihulystudio’s “Lime Green Icicle Tower” (2011), and this post is for them 👋 Comment with your requests, and we'll plan on featuring your choice in a future post! 💌 . . Each of #Chihuly’s Towers is put together full scale in his studio in Seattle, photographed, taken apart and reassembled on location. The MFA’s “Lime Green Icicle Tower” measures more than 40 feet high, weighs about 10,000 pounds and contains 2,342 individual glass pieces mounted on a steel armature. It took Chihuly’s team about one week to assemble it in the Shapiro Family Courtyard for our 2011 exhibition “Chihuly: Through the Looking Glass.” The sculpture was later purchased by the Museum with funds raised by the public, in our first-ever text-to-give campaign.
"Madame Cezanne in a Red Armchair" (about 1877) is one of 29 portraits that Paul #Cezanne painted of his wife and most frequent model, Marie-Hortense Fiquet. Posing for the artist, born #onthisday in 1839, demanded great patience. He was a slow and painstaking worker and always required the presence of the model. This early portrait has a serene monumentality, its many small blocks of varied color locked into a harmonious whole.
#EdgarAllanPoe was born #onthisday in Boston in 1809. This 18th-century heart-shaped covered box reminds us of "The Tell-Tale Heart," one of his most famous works. ❤️ "Tear up the planks! Here, here! It is the beating of his hideous heart!"
Photography is a way of life for @gracielaiturbide: a means of seeing and understanding Mexico and its beauty, challenges and contradictions. “#GracielaIturbide’s Mexico,” an exhibition that brings together nearly 140 photographs spanning her five-decade-long career, is now on view. . . Pictured: "Our Lady of the Iguanas / Nuestra Señora de las Iguanas," Juchitán, México, 1979.
For his "Museums League" collection, contemporary artist #MaurizioCattelan has designed a series of scarves dedicated to museums all over the world. The MFA version—extra long and perfect for Boston winters—proudly shows off the Museum's founding date, 1870. This exclusive is only available in the MFA's shops and mfashop.org (in new arrivals).
We're letting you in on a little secret—"#GracielaIturbide's Mexico" is open a day early! The exhibition features nearly 140 examples of photographer @gracielaiturbide's powerful and provocative work. . . 📷: "Little Bull, Coyoacán, Mexico City / Torito, Coyoacán, Ciudad de México," 1982.
The MFA is extending free admission to all federal employees plus one guest each for the duration of the federal #GovernmentShutdown. Visitors may redeem this offer by presenting a federal government ID at any admissions desk.
Want to learn more about MFA staff and volunteers? 👉 Follow #mfaVoices to learn about the work they do every day. . . Lindsey (@beam_of_sunshine) and her Service Dog Beamer work at the MFA in Member and Visitor Services. She says of her job, "So, so fortunate to be part of such an incredible crew of hard working and dedicated staff! I feel so fortunate to be part of a team that embraces Beamer and me so fully. They’re amazing about helping me, asking questions, and listening when I’m speaking about important accessibility or disability related issues—which is not a given for us disabled folks."
Have you visited our "Exhibition Lab: Sargent and Fashion" yet? In this gallery, visitors are invited to ponder questions curators will address in a major exhibition that explores the role of dress in #JohnSingerSargent's work (opening in Boston in 2022). Through iPads and comment cards, you can provide your opinion on any number of topics, including how garments should be displayed and whether or not they should be restored to an original style. Which decision would you make?