2022–2023

Sublime Ideas: Drawings by Giovanni Battista Piranesi

March 10 through June 4, 2023

In a letter written near the end of his life, Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720–1778) explained to his sister that he had lived away from his native Venice because he could find no patrons there willing to support “the sublimity of my ideas.”

View of a a large building with columns on and steps leading up to an archway in the middle in brown ink on yellowed paper.

Collections Spotlight, Spring 2023

February 14 through June 4, 2023

Objects on view in J. Pierpont Morgan’s library reflect the past, present, and future of building collections in four curatorial departments, comprising illuminated manuscripts from the medieval and renaissance eras, five hundred years of printed books, correspondence and literary manuscripts, as well as printed music and autograph manuscripts by composers.

In and around Piranesi's Rome: Eighteenth-Century Views of Italy

January 10 through June 4, 2023

By the mid-eighteenth century, the Grand Tour, a study trip through Europe with a period of residence in Italy, had become a fixture in the education of European aristocrats and the training of artists.

Several figures wading in a stream that flows under the arch of a cavernous space with brown and blue wash.

Claude Gillot: Satire in the Age of Reason

February 24 through May 28, 2023

With over seventy drawings, prints, and paintings, including an exceptional contingent from the Louvre, Claude Gillot: Satire in the Age of Reason explores the artist’s inventive and highly original draftsmanship and places his work in the context of the artistic and intellectual activity in Paris at the dawn of a new century.

Two rickshaw drivers face off in argument while their passengers make gestures, with buildings in the background.

Uncommon Denominator: Nina Katchadourian at the Morgan

February 10 through May 28, 2023

In Uncommon Denominator, Nina Katchadourian (American, born 1968) stages a conversation among works from throughout her career, artifacts of her family’s history, and objects drawn from every corner of the Morgan’s vaults.

Large redwood tree on snow covered ground, with whote yarn in front and tiny firgure in red jacket to the left of tree.

Entrance to the Mind: Drawings by George Condo in the Morgan Library & Museum

February 24 through May 14, 2023

In 2021, the Morgan acquired twenty-eight drawings by American artist George Condo (b. 1957) that offer an overview of his career over the last forty-five years. Drawing, or “visual thinking” as he calls it, is central to Condo’s practice, which centers around the figure.

Female figure showing nude upper body with a cubist style face leaning over an object drawn in dark red and green pencil.

She Who Wrote: Enheduanna and Women of Mesopotamia, ca. 3400–2000 B.C.

October 14, 2022 through February 19, 2023

She Who Wrote: Enheduanna and Women of Mesopotamia, ca. 3400-2000 B.C. brings together for the first time a comprehensive selection of artworks that capture rich and shifting expressions of women’s lives in ancient Mesopotamia during the 3rd millennium B.C.

Relief of two female figures, on to the right with outstretched wings holding a lion on  a leash and one to the left clasping here hands.

Georg Baselitz: Six Decades of Drawings

October 21, 2022 through February 5, 2023

One of the most celebrated contemporary German artists, Georg Baselitz (b. 1938) gained international recognition in the 1960s for revitalizing figurative painting. This exhibition celebrates the gift from Baselitz to the Morgan of fifty drawings covering the span of his entire career.

Two upside down figure shapes drawn in yellow, blue, green, brown, and black washes with some gestural pencil lines.

The Little Prince: Taking Flight

October 14, 2022 through February 5, 2023

The Morgan holds the original manuscript and art for one of the world’s most widely read and cherished books, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince (1943).

Small figure of Little Prince floating above a landscape dressed in green with yellow scarf blowing in the wind.

Ashley Bryan & Langston Hughes: Sail Away

September 30, 2022 through January 22, 2023

Throughout his long life and career, the artist Ashley Bryan created and illustrated children’s books that celebrated Black life and Black creativity.

Watercolor showing three quarter view of stylized figure holding yellow flower with hands pressed against eachother. Yellow, green, blue and brown waves are in the background.