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🎧 Our "Philip Guston Now" audio tour, available for free on the MFA Mobile app, features a personal reflection on this painting from MFA staff member Mónica Irina Cazacu Pina Garcia. 🖼️: "Black Sea" 1977, Tate. © The Estate of Philip Guston, courtesy Hauser & Wirth.
“It’s all autobiography now—there’s nothing left to paint,” wrote #PhilipGuston in 1974. Even a painting like "Black Sea" could be autobiographical: Guston's parents immigrated to Canada from Odessa, a port city on the Black Sea, in present-day Ukraine, to escape pogroms.
#CincoDeMayo marks Mexico's Battle of Puebla. #DidYouKnow Puebla is also famous for its Talavera ceramics tradition? 🎨: "Jar" (1700–50), tin-glazed earthenwarew
Many of Turner’s priorities resonate in our time—the right to vote, the legitimacy of government, freedom of expression, religious tolerance, and the abolition of slavery. 🎨: "The Northampton Election, 6 December 1830" (about 1830–31); watercolor,@Tatee
Turner became increasingly liberal during his lifetime & his works contain references to progressive causes. Here, Lord Althorp—closely involved with voting reform & extending suffrage—is being carried through the streets after winning his seat. See it: bit.ly/3rUuib9
It's Mother's Day at the @mfaboston this weekend! Admission to the museum is FREE from 10 am- 5 pm on Sunday 5/8. mfa.org/event/special-…
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This exhibition, in its last stop at @mfaboston on a three-city tour, makes a strong case that 19th-century artist Joseph Mallord William Turner is England's greatest painter, art critic @LloydSchwartz reviews. wbur.fm/3Fbn489
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Celebrate Mom at the MFA this weekend! Thanks to @HighlandStreet, we’re offering free admission in honor of Mother’s Day ❤️ General admission and “Turner's Modern World” tickets are available in person on a first-come, first-served basis. Learn more: bit.ly/3FqjSG5
🖼️: "Painting, Smoking, Eating" (1973) © The Estate of Philip Guston, courtesy Hauser & Wirth.
Our free "Philip Guston Now" opening weekend programs delve deeper into the making of the exhibition with the curatorial team, the artist's legacy with his daughter Musa Mayer, and his influence with contemporary artist Vincent Valdez: bit.ly/3LEJL7g
This postcard, on view in our exhibition “Real Photo Postcards: Pictures from a Changing Nation,” was taken in San Jose, California in 1912 or later: bit.ly/3vNTJfR
Had this young Chinese American girl not been born here, she would not have been allowed to immigrate to the U.S. The Exclusion Act of 1882 banned new immigration from China—it was the first American law to restrict immigration of a particular ethnic group. #AAPIMonth
Fred Fenster’s pewter "Tzedakah Box" (1997), a recent Museum acquisition, is the perfect object to celebrate #JewishAmericanHeritageMonth. New York-born Fenster has been making Judaica for decades and taught metalsmithing at @UWMadison for 40 years. #OurSharedHeritage
Ailment boxes, made to collect coins to help the poor and the sick, are part of a very ancient Jewish custom. Performing deeds of justice, seen specifically as charity to help the needy, is one of the most important obligations in Judaism.
The exuberant floral imagery of the new style, disciplined by a lone cypress tree, appears in the center of this plate from about 1570. 🎨: "Plate" (about 1570), Iznik, Turkey; fritware, painted on white slip under a clear glaze
Eid Mubarak! In the mid-16th century, Ottoman artists—painters and textile designers as well as potters—devised a decorative style that featured lifelike flowers, including tulips, roses and hyacinths.
We’re pretty sure this will be the Bucks after the #Celtics get done with them... Good luck @celtics in Round 2! 🎨: "Deer's Skull with Pedernal" (1936), Georgia O'Keeffe, oil on canvasD
🖼️: © The Estate of Philip Guston, courtesy Hauser & Wirth. The exhibition is sponsored by@FordFoundationn. Learn more about the artist through The Guston Foundation:bit.ly/3OLXYRKp
Explore #PhilipGuston's winding 50-year career, as it shifted from figuration to abstraction and back again. "Philip Guston Now," the first retrospective of his work in nearly 20 years, is now on view: bit.ly/39qXMap
"Maisaka, from the series Scenes of Famous Places along the Tōkaidō Road" (1863, Woodblock print (nishiki-e)) by #Yoshitoshi, born #OnThisDay in 1839.
Art in Bloom is in full swing at the MFA! Through Sunday, explore 50 arrangements by New England-area designers inspired by works in our collection 🖼️🌸 Plus, don't miss the Art in Bloom Market and Garden Cart#mfaInBloomobit.ly/38Cg47YLBy
"The MFA is an inspiring place for cross-cultural engagement and dialogue, especially in this exciting moment for our city, and I'm truly humbled to be a part of its magic." We're excited to welcome @mnovas13 as our incoming Chief of Learning & Community Engagement! 🎉S
Art in Bloom is back at @mfaboston for the 1st time in 3 years! Catch these beautiful flower arrangements interpreting important works through this weekend.
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As part of #ActionPactBos, the MFA is working to protect Boston from the effects of climate change by reducing the environmental impact of our facilities & operations, as well as by providing a forum for creativity & community to promote sustainability: bit.ly/3ONZx1C
For #ArborDay, why not plan a visit to Tenshin-en, the MFA’s contemplative Japanese garden! Home to more than 70 species of plants, the garden’s cherries, Japanese maples and pines serve as symbols of the changing seasons.
We’re proud to partner with Arbella Insurance Foundation along with our supporting sponsors, Yellow Wood Partners, @IslandCreek and The ’Quin House Impact Fund.
Art in Bloom is here! Fifty interpretive arrangements are on view throughout the galleries—and boy can you smell the roses! 🌹 Join us through Sunday for free guided tours, the Art in Bloom Market and Garden Cart, and so much more:bit.ly/3ktnHAhcK
The long-postponed “Philip Guston Now” at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, “brings Guston to life, thrashingly, ferociously so,” Holland Cotter writes. nyti.ms/3y0T517
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Hear from Senior Curator for Provenance @Victoria_S_Reed about her crucial role at the Museum in the @nytimes 🗞️twitter.com/nytimesarts/st…l
For years, the focus of restitution has been on Europe, especially pieces looted during World War II. But the lens has widened of late to countries that were once colonies of European powers. nyti.ms/3Ll9Acr
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“Painting becomes a tug of war between what you know and what you don’t know.” — #PhilipGuston, 1959 Our exhibition "Philip Guston Now" opens to the public May 1: bit.ly/3M7nCyk 🖼️: "The Ladder" (1978),@ngadcc. © The Estate of Philip Guston, courtesy Hauser & Wirth.0
On #FrederickLawOlmsted's 200th birthday, we're sharing #MauricePrendergast's "Racetrack" (about 1895–97). The setting of the painting is likely Franklin Park, which the renowned landscape architect laid out in the 1880s as part of Boston's @EmNecklaceBos 🌳🌳#Olmsted2002srt
This painting by Gerrit Berckheyde celebrates both the majestic architecture of the massive St. Bavo in Haarlem and the human activities that take place around it. ⁣⁣ 🖼️: "The Grote or St. Bavokerk in Haarlem" (1666), Susan and Matthew Weatherbie CollectionF
Congrats to the @celtics on sweeping @BrooklynNets out the door ☘️ #CelticPride
The much-anticipated Philip Guston exhibition is finally set to open its doors @mfaboston on 1 May plus more from Apollo's art diary. apollo-magazine.com/philip-guston-…
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Join us for a Spring Jubelfeest* of art and music! H+H and the @mfaboston celebrate the new suite of galleries of Dutch and Flemish art with this premiere performance of "The Dutch Masters of Music and Art, Volume 2." Watch for free at playson.handelandhaydn.org/videos/dutch-m… *Dutch for “jubilee”
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It's #WorldPenguinDay and we've pulled out our cutest tea service for the occasion 🐧 The silver three-piece set (Indian, about 1920–30) contains a teapot, creamer and sugar bowl—you can see them on view in our South and Southeast Asia Gallery.h
As artist Toots Zynsky has explained, glass is "amazing" because "you can do everything with it. You can pour it & cast it like metal. You can stretch it, carve it, saw it, you can stick it together...It's such a strange & plastic thing." #ArtQuote 🎨: "Soleggiata Serena" (2000)l
“I know of no genius but the genius of hard work.” #JMWTurner was born #OnThisDay in 1775 🎂 What better way to celebrate the artist than with a visit to "Turner's Modern World?" Reserve a ticket and swing by the MFA this weekend!bit.ly/3v6vj21d6
As part of #ActionPactBos, the MFA is working to protect Boston from the effects of climate change by reducing the environmental impact of our facilities & operations, as well as by providing a forum for creativity & community to promote sustainability: bit.ly/3L8wXFU
Hindu earth goddess Ganga, the embodiment of the sacred river Ganges, represents purification, wellness and benevolence. An apt reminder on #EarthDay that we can all take actions to restore nature and build a healthy planet 🌎 �U9
Simone Leigh is making history this week at the #VeniceBiennale! Congrats to the artist and to our friends @ICAinBOSTON 🎉#BiennaleArte20222 🖼️: "No Face (Pannier)" (2018) from our collectioor
These precious objects were offered as a gift to Salomon Lewin, Director of the Lodz Ghetto shoe factory, by his workers for the festival of Purim in 1942. An inscription inside the case begins, “To our dear commissioner Mr. Asp. S. Lewin In memory from the workers…”
The back is engraved with the 1 mark Lodz Ghetto banknote—a unique currency produced for life in the ghetto. The frame circling the edges of the banknote, with Jewish stars linked by barbed wire, is a stark reminder of the infamous yellow stars Jews were forced to wear.
A recent gift of a brass cigarette case and lighter encapsulates the story of the Lodz Ghetto, a story of unspeakable suffering, but also of survival and resilience. The front is embossed with the Lodz Ghetto bridge, rail tracks, a church and small Jewish star on the top right.
Looking for April Vacation Week activities? Tomorrow through Saturday, we have plenty of fun on tap! 📷 Even have your photo taken in front of our paper moon in "Real Photo Postcards" and turn it into your very own postcard to take home or mail:bit.ly/3JZKcakGE
Franz Xaver Winterhalter was one of the most sought-after and fashionable portraitists in Europe. Born #OnThisDay in 1805, he painted Wiencyzyslawa Barczewksa, Madame de Jurjewicz in 1860. This portrait is a post‑Romantic glamour shot of the kind that made him famous.
J.M.W. Turner left this work unfinished, barely defining the buildings; water, land & sky merge. The shimmering forms evoke the paradox of dense fog on a sunny day. See "Turner"s Modern World": bit.ly/3737lLR 🎨: "Venice with the Salute" (about 1840–45),@TateeE
Good luck to all of the runners in this year's @BAA #BostonMarathon 🏃 The Museum is closed today for Patriots' Day, but will re-open Thursday. We hope to see you soon! 🖼️: "Flight and Pursuit" (1872), William Rimmer, oil on canva3D
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