For the first time in more than a century, two of Van Gogh's most beloved paintings—"Wheat Field with Cypresses" and "The Starry Night"—will be on display together in a new exhibition at The Met in the summer of 2023.
The show, titled "Van Gogh's Cypresses," will be the first to focus on the artist's fascination with the flamelike trees. Officials from the Metropolitan Museum of Art announced the new exhibit today, along with nine other exhibitions to look forward to in the year ahead. Here's more about the show and what else is coming up:
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“Van Gogh’s Cypresses”
May 22-August 27, 2023
Presented on the 170th anniversary of Van Gogh's birth, this show will bring together 40 works by Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890). With a focus on the towering cypress trees featured in Van Gogh's work, the exhibition will explore one of the most famous trees in art history.
"It will offer an unprecedented look at some of the most iconic works of one the most seminal artists ever," Met Director Max Hollein said.
In addition to "Wheat Field with Cypresses" and "The Starry Night," the show will also feature "Country Road in Provence by Night" as well as drawings, with a deep focus on how the artist represented cypresses.
"Few motifs were to his mind more characteristic of Provence or exerted a greater hold on his imagination," Susan Alyson Stein, Engelhard Curator of Nineteenth-Century European Painting at The Met, said.
“Richard Avedon: MURALS”
January 19-November 1, 2023
Rare life-size photomurals, including an image of Andy Warhol’s Factory, will kick off the 2023 season in mid-January.
“Beyond the Light: Identity and Place in Nineteenth-Century Danish Art”
January 26-April 16, 2023
See 100 drawings, sketches and paintings from the Danish Golden Age, an era marked with tumult during which artists created outstanding works with romanticism, nature and light.
“Berenice Abbott’s New York Album, 1929”
March 2-September 4, 2023
Photographer Berenice Abbott captured New York in small, black-and-white images, 266 of which will be showcased. The museum describes it as a “kind of photographic sketchbook.”
"It's one of the unique treasures of the Met. It has never been fully exhibited, not been fully conserved, or published in its entirety—until now," Hollein said.
“Rich Man, Poor Man: Art, Class, and Commerce in a Late Medieval Town”
March 6-August 20, 2023 — at The Met Cloisters
This show at The Met Cloisters explores middle-class taste in late Medieval England through a set of sculptures giving insight into the intersection of art and class during this era.
“Juan de Pareja, Afro-Hispanic Painter”
April 3-July 16, 2023
In what will be the first major exhibition about the life and artistic achievements of 17th-century Afro-Hispanic painter Juan de Pareja, the Met will explore de Pareja’s experience as an enslaved studio assistant in Diego Velázquez's studio before becoming an artist in his own right.
"Pareja is this important artist we're just only now starting to fully discover with about 40 works—paintings, sculpture and decorative arts," Hollein said.
“Cecily Brown: Death and the Maid”
April 4-September 24, 2023
Through this major contemporary art installation, the museum showcase key paintings, notebooks, and works on paper made in collaboration with artist Cecily Brown. Themes explore still life, momento mori and vanitas paintings.
“Anxiety and Hope in Japanese Art”
April 8-July 14, 2024
With 250 works, from ancient sculptures to modern prints and photographs, this exhibit will run through 2024 offering an exploration of Japanese art through the lens of human anxiety.
The Roof Garden Commission: Lauren Halsey
April 18-October 22, 2023
Artist Lauren Halsey will transform the Met’s roof garden with inspiration drawn from Los Angeles. The installation is meant to be inhabited, explored and create a sense of community.
“Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty”
May 5-July 16, 2023
Some 150 objects will explore the designer’s work and creative process with drawing always at the center. The show spans the designer’s his 65-year career at brands such as Chloe, Fendi, Chanel and his own company. It’ll be the Met Costume Institute’s 2023 exhibition and the theme of the next Met Gala.