Past Exhibitions

  • Elective Affinities: Edmund de Waal at The Frick Collection

    May 30, 2019 to November 17, 2019

    The Frick Collection presented a temporary installation of the work of sculptor Edmund de Waal — a rich juxtaposition of site-specific objects displayed in the main galleries of the museum, alongside works from the permanent collection.
  • Whistler as Printmaker: Highlights from the Gertrude Kosovsky Collection

    April 30, 2019 to September 1, 2019

    The Frick Collection was pleased to announce a promised gift of forty-two works on paper by James McNeill Whistler (1834–1903), from the collection of Gertrude Kosovsky. This selection of fifteen prints and one pastel from the gift, presented different aspects of the American expatriate’s prolific activity as a printmaker over the course of his career.
  • Tiepolo in Milan: The Lost Frescoes of Palazzo Archinto

    April 16, 2019 to July 14, 2019

    The Frick Collection presented a selection of paintings, drawings, prints, and photographs related to Giambattista Tiepolo’s first significant project outside of Venice, a series of ceiling frescoes for Palazzo Archinto in Milan that were destroyed during World War II.

  • Moroni: The Riches of Renaissance Portraiture

    February 21, 2019 to June 2, 2019

    Moroni: The Riches of Renaissance Portraiture was the first major exhibition in the United States to focus on the portraiture of Giovanni Battista Moroni (1520/24–1579/80), an essential figure in the northern Italian tradition of naturalistic painting. The Frick presented about twenty of the artist’s most arresting portraits together with a selection of complementary objects — jewelry, textiles, armor, and other luxury items — that evoked the material world of... read more »

  • Luigi Valadier: Splendor in Eighteenth-Century Rome

    October 31, 2018 to January 20, 2019

    Of the many artists who flourished in Rome during the eighteenth century, the silversmith Luigi Valadier (1726–1785) was particularly admired by popes, royalty, and aristocrats across Europe. Luigi Valadier: Splendor in Eighteenth-Century Rome, curated by Alvar González-Palacios, brought together more than sixty extraordinary works by the renowned silversmith in celebration of his unsurpassed technical expertise and avant-garde aesthetic.

  • Masterpieces of French Faience: Selections from the Sidney R. Knafel Collection

    October 10, 2018 to September 22, 2019

    The exhibition in the Portico Gallery presented a promised gift to The Frick Collection: seventy-five objects from the collection of Sidney R. Knafel — the finest collection of French faience in private hands — to tell the fascinating and complex history of this particular art form.

  • The Charterhouse of Bruges: Jan van Eyck, Petrus Christus, and Jan Vos

    September 18, 2018 to January 13, 2019

    For the first time in twenty-four years and only the second time in their history, two masterpieces of early Netherlandish painting commissioned by the Carthusian monk Jan Vos were reunited. These works, The Frick Collection’s Virgin and Child with St. Barbara, St. Elizabeth, and Jan Vos, commissioned from Jan van Eyck and The Virgin and Child with St. Barbara and Jan Vos, painted by Petrus Christus, were shown with a selection of objects that place them in the rich... read more »

  • Canova's George Washington

    May 23, 2018 to September 23, 2018

    Canova’s George Washington examined the history of acclaimed sculptor Antonio Canova's lost masterpiece, a full-length statue of George Washington depicted in ancient Roman garb, drafting his farewell address to the states. The exhibition brings together Canova’s full-sized preparatory plaster model (which had never left Italy), four preparatory sketches for the sculpture, and related engravings and drawings, as well as Thomas Lawrence’s 1816 oil portrait of... read more »

  • Zurbarán's Jacob and His Twelve Sons: Paintings from Auckland Castle

    January 31, 2018 to April 22, 2018

    In collaboration with the Meadows Museum, Dallas, and the Auckland Castle Trust, County Durham, England, The Frick Collection co-organized an exhibition of Jacob and His Twelve Sons, an ambitious series of thirteen life-size paintings that depict the Old Testament figures. On loan from Auckland Castle, the works by the Spanish Golden Age master Francisco de Zurbarán had never traveled to the United States before they were presented at the Meadows Museum in the fall of 2017.

  • Murillo: The Self-Portraits

    November 1, 2017 to February 11, 2018

    Bartolomé Esteban Murillo was one of the finest painters of the Spanish Golden Age; this exhibition brought together the only two known self-portraits by him, one in The Frick Collection, and one in the National Gallery, London, along with a small selection of additional works by the artist.