Centennial Exhibitions

Centennial exhibitions represent the creative genius of four continents and span eras from ancient to contemporary. Join us for all of them!

Monet Waterlilies CMA

Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse

Through 1/5/2016

With Monet as the touchstone, the exhibition also looks broadly and deeply at the garden theme in modern art through the inclusion of paintings by other Impressionists, Post-Impressionists, and avant-garde artists of the early twentieth century.


Pharaoh: King of Ancient Egypt


This exhibition brings 3,000 years of ancient history to life through some of the finest objects from the vast Egyptian holdings of the British Museum, from monumental sculpture to exquisite jewelry, supplemented by key works from the Cleveland collection. 

Run by Sol LeWitt

Converging Lines: Eva Hesse and Sol LeWitt


Converging Lines: Eva Hesse and Sol LeWitt

celebrates the close friendship between two of the most significant American artists of the postwar era: Eva Hesse (1936–1970) and Sol LeWitt (1928–2007). Organized by The Blanton Museum in Austin, Texas, the exhibition will feature approximately 50 works, including many that have not been publicly exhibited for decades.

Art and Stories from Mughal India


This exhibition celebrates the recent acquisition of the Catherine Glynn Benkaim and Ralph Benkaim Collection of Mughal paintings, renowned as one of the most significant Indian painting collections assembled in the 20th century. The works will be organized into five sections, each corresponding to a story that is amply featured among Cleveland’s holdings.

Stag at Sharkey’s: George Bellows and the Art of Sports


Images of sport and fitness punctuate the career of George Bellows (1882-1925), an Ohio State University letterman and semi-pro baseball player-turned-artist, who is perhaps best known for his gutsy boxing subject, Stag at Sharkey’s (1909) in the Cleveland Museum of Art. This focus exhibition showcases this masterpiece alongside nearly two-dozen carefully selected paintings, drawings, and lithographs. For Bellows, sport and fitness were exhilarating pursuits, and his resultant depictions of skill and rivalry stand as potent symbols for the brash competitive spirit of America itself during the rapidly accelerating Industrial Age.

Myth and Mystique: Cleveland’s Gothic Table Fountain


This exhibition will, for the first time, present this unique and special object as the focus of a single study. The table fountain will be placed at the center of a group of objects including luxury silver, hand-washing vessels, enamels, illuminated manuscripts, and a painting. Each will inform some aspect of the fountain’s history, functionality, presumed use and context, materials, technique, dating, and style. The exhibition will include important loans from international lenders and is co-curated by Stephen N. Fliegel, curator of Medieval art, and Elina Gertsman, professor of art history at Case Western Reserve University.

The Ecstasy of St. Kara: Kara Walker, New Work


The Cleveland Museum of Art is pleased to present The Ecstasy of St. Kara: Kara Walker, New Work, debuting Kara Walker’s newest series of large-scale works on paper. The drawings stem from Walker’s influential time spent in Rome, marking an extensive query about the power of myths and themes of martyrdom that dominate and complicate the issue of slavery and free will. Walker’s newest series of works reflects upon Christianity’s complex history globally as well as in black life—in her own words “alternating between captor and redeemer”—rendering it as absolutely current and pressing.

Albert Oehlen: Woods near Oehle


The largest exhibition of Alberts Oehlen’s work in the United States to date, Albert Oehlen: Woods near Oehle illustrates the depth and complexity of an artist who has been at the forefront of artistic innovation since the late 1970s.