Current Exhibitions

The newly reinstalled galleries invite visitors to join exciting fresh conversations among works in the museum’s contemporary collection. The galleries will feature longtime favorites alongside more recent additions and a selection of foundational video artworks. Together, these works demonstrate the wide range of perspectives that animate contemporary art.

Sunday, November 14, 2021 to Sunday, January 30, 2022

Revealing Krishna: Journey to Cambodia’s Sacred Mountain presents the story, context, and new restoration of a masterwork in the museum’s collection, Krishna Lifting Mount Govardhan. The 1,500-year-old stone sculpture from Cambodia, larger than life size, depicts the young Hindu god in the superhuman act of shielding his people from destruction.
Featuring four immersive digital galleries, the exhibition places the sculpture in the southern Cambodian landscape and sacred space from which it came. In partnership with the National Museum of Cambodia in Phnom Penh and the Angkor Borei Museum, the Cleveland Museum of Art is displaying the newly restored work alongside other large-scale early sculptures from Phnom Da, or “Stone Mountain,” generously lent from the National Museum and the Musée national des arts asiatiques–Guimet in Paris. Revealing Krishna illuminates the effect of global changes over the past 150 years on the discovery, disposition, and conservation of the sculptures from one of the earliest major Hindu sites in Southeast Asia.

Still You Bloom in This Land of No Gardens (detail). © Njideka Akunyili Crosby
Saturday, October 16, 2021 to Sunday, March 13, 2022

Responding to our time, Picturing Motherhood Now brings together works by a diverse range of contemporary artists who reimagine the possibilities for representing motherhood. Drawing on a range of feminisms, it challenges familiar archetypes of motherhood, construing motherhood as a multivalent term. The artists in Picturing Motherhood Now use motherhood as a lens through which to examine contemporary social issues—the changing definitions of family and gender, the histories and afterlives of slavery, the legacies of migration, and the preservation of matrilineal Indigenous cultures.

CMA, 1926.1976
Sunday, September 19, 2021 to Sunday, January 23, 2022

Odilon Redon was known as “the prince of mysterious dreams” for his enigmatic and imaginative paintings, drawings, and prints that mined fantasy, literature, and the subconscious.

Migrations of Memory IV, No. 1, 2021. Peng Wei (Chinese, b. 1974)
Friday, November 19, 2021 to Sunday, May 1, 2022

平沙落雁 — 音樂的詩意與力量

An installation by Peng Wei in collaboration with the Cleveland Museum of Art

CMA, 1989.117
Friday, October 29, 2021 to Sunday, April 17, 2022

In the 1960s, practitioners of Pop Art looked toward everyday commodities and commercial images for inspiration. Such an artistic spirit that challenged the rigid concept between high- and lowbrow arts in fact had long existed in Korean art, flourishing in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Rendered in dazzling colors, Korean still-life paintings called chaekgeori (pronounced check-oh-ree), for example, are replete with mass-produced utilitarian items and trendy luxuries. Polychrome folding screens, such as chaekgeori, often complemented familial festivities and reunions, beyond simply furnishing the living space of middle-class households. Blue-and-white porcelain, which features the abundant use of expensive cobalt blue and floral decor, is another artistic expression drawn from the emerging consumerism in early modern Korea. By the late 1800s, Korean art was becoming more inclusive and diverse, no longer exclusively for the elites.

CMA, 1953.358 (detail)
Friday, October 8, 2021 to Sunday, April 3, 2022

Japan is known today for anime and manga (animations and graphic novels) and has a long tradition of storytelling in the visual arts. This gallery explores Japanese narrative art with diverse examples from the 1300s to the 1900s. The majority of the works include text elements, from a chapter title done in raised gold lacquer on a writing box to poems or dialogue inscribed next to figures in ink on handscroll fragments. A pair of screens features long anecdotes in loose calligraphy with capping illustrations. Another handscroll contains written passages preceding painted scenes peppered with conversation. These works demonstrate some of the different ways Japanese artists have combined visual imagery with written stories over the centuries.

CMA, 1958.32 (detail)
Friday, September 17, 2021 to Sunday, December 5, 2021

This special installation of four works by Vincent van Gogh is intended to provide visitors with direct experience of the artist’s actual paintings and graphic art to coincide with the Immersive Van Gogh experience of video and sound projections. The installation is free to the public and on view in the Nancy F. and Joseph P. Keithley Gallery (222).

CMA, 2001.45 (detail)
Wednesday, September 1, 2021 to Sunday, February 13, 2022

Twenty-one works from the Indian subcontinent, made between the mid-1600s and mid-1900s, place the pivotal moment when Krishna raised Mount Govardhan in the context of the conquests, miracles, and pastimes of his early life story.

CMA, 1937.502 "In the Subway"
Saturday, July 17, 2021 to Sunday, December 26, 2021

Ashcan School Prints and the American City, 1900–1940 presents prints of city life made by urban realists during a time of rapid demographic, social, and economic change to America’s cities. With New York City as an epicenter of change—packed with vibrant new communities of immigrants from Europe and Latin American countries and with Black Americans migrating from the rural South—artists responded to the everyday lives and experiences of city dwellers, incorporating advertising and mass media techniques into their depictions of the lower classes, immigrants, working women, and social elites alike.

Saturday, May 22, 2021 to Sunday, August 14, 2022

Gold and silver reliquaries, jeweled crosses, liturgical garments, and illuminated manuscripts are among the rare treasures kept in the Cathedral of Saint Paul in Münster, in northwestern Germany.

CMA, 2006.146 (detail)
Friday, May 21, 2021 to Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Artwork from the Islamic world is as diverse and vibrant as the peoples who produced it. The objects presented in this gallery were created during the 8th through 19th centuries, a period of great cultural and geographic expansion.

Sunday, November 22, 2020 to Sunday, January 9, 2022

The mola is a key component of traditional dress among the Indigenous Guna (formerly Kuna) women of Panamá. Guna women have been sewing mola blouses since the turn of the 20th century, and they have become powerful symbols of their culture and identity.