Exhibitions presented at The Frick Collection during 2016.

Past Exhibition

photo of white porcelain dish decorated with large red dragon and cup-like objects
Porcelain, No Simple Matter: Arlene Shechet and the Arnhold Collection
May 24, 2016 to April 2, 2017

A collaboration with New York−based sculptor Arlene Shechet, this exhibition explored the complex history of making, collecting, and displaying porcelain. About one hundred eighteenth-century pieces produced by the Royal Meissen Manufactory, many from the promised gift of Henry H. Arnhold, were juxtaposed with sixteen of Shechet’s own works.

Online Exhibition: Bruegel the Elder

Delve into Pieter Bruegel the Elder’s The Three Soldiers through this interactive online exhibition created by The Frick Collection for Bruegel / Unseen Masterpieces, an initiative of the Google Cultural Institute to bring together great works by Bruegel from collections around the world. To learn more, visit the Google Cultural Institute's project page

Past Exhibition

painting with six figures including an angel surrounded by naked and clothed figures
Cagnacci’s “Repentant Magdalene”: An Italian Baroque Masterpiece from the Norton Simon Museum
October 25, 2016 to January 22, 2017

Past Exhibition: Pierre Gouthière

Detail of Gouthiere gilt-bronze pot-pourri vase with head of a swan
Pierre Gouthière: Virtuoso Gilder at the French Court
November 16, 2016 to February 19, 2017

The Frick Collection presented the first exhibition on Pierre Gouthière (1732–1813), the great French bronze chaser and gilder who worked for Louis XV and Louis XVI. The exhibition shed new light on the artist’s production, life, and workshop through the presentation of twenty-two objects from public and private collections. Attributed with certainty to Gouthière, these works include clocks, vases, firedogs, wall lights, and mounts for Chinese porcelain and hardstone vases. The exhibition was organized by Charlotte Vignon, Curator of Decorative Arts, The Frick Collection. Based on new art historical and technical research, the exhibition and catalogue promise to transform our understanding of one of the greatest artists of eighteenth-century France.

Past Exhibition

painting of soldiers standing and seated against wall, circa 1711
Watteau’s Soldiers: Scenes of Military Life in Eighteenth-Century France
July 12, 2016 to October 2, 2016

Past Exhibition

Half length oil portrait of a woman with a blue dress wearing pearls, set against a brown background
Van Dyck: The Anatomy of Portraiture
March 2, 2016 to June 5, 2016

Past Exhibition: French Porcelain at The Frick Collection

Green and purple porcelain ship on bronze base
From Sèvres to Fifth Avenue: French Porcelain at The Frick Collection
April 28, 2015 to April 24, 2016

Between 1916 and 1918, Henry Clay Frick purchased several important pieces of porcelain to decorate his New York mansion. Made at Sèvres, the preeminent eighteenth-century French porcelain manufactory, the objects — including vases, potpourris, jugs and basins, plates, a tea service, and a table—were displayed throughout Frick’s residence.