Until September 4, the Metroplitan Museum of Art organizes “Unfinished:Thoughts Left Visible” featuring works by Dutch Masters Rembrandt and Van Gogh.
This exhibition addresses a subject critical to artistic practice: the question of when a work of art is finished. Beginning with the Renaissance masters, this scholarly and innovative exhibition examines the term “unfinished” in its broadest possible sense, including works left incomplete by their makers, which often give insight into the process of their creation, but also those that partake of a non finito—intentionally unfinished—aesthetic that embraces the unresolved and open-ended. Some of history’s greatest artists explored such an aesthetic, among them Rembrandt and Van Gogh.
Comprising 197 works dating from the Renaissance to the present—approximately 40 percent of which are drawn from the Museum’s own collection, enhanced by major national and international loans—this exhibition demonstrates The Met’s unique capacity to mine its rich collection and scholarly resources to present modern and contemporary art within a deep historical context.
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art presents over 5,000 years of art from around the world for everyone to experience and enjoy. The Museum lives in three iconic sites in New York City—The Met Fifth Avenue, The Met Breuer, and The Met Cloisters. Millions of people also take part in The Met experience online. Since it was founded in 1870, The Met has always aspired to be more than a treasury of rare and beautiful objects. Every day, art comes alive in the Museum’s galleries and through its exhibitions and events, revealing both new ideas and unexpected connections across time and across cultures.