Art Lovers’ Guide to Museums in Boston: Summer 2019 Edition

This summer, the top museums in Boston feature everything from Jackson Pollock’s twenty-foot-long “Mural” to 90 prints on display from the Bauhaus Archive in Berlin. Head out to explore the famous Museum of Fine Arts Boston — one of the most comprehensive art museums in the world — and our other Boston favorites.

Jackson Pollock’s “Mural” at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston

See the largest painting Jackson Pollock, the famed abstract expressionist, ever made. Opening July 1 at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, “Mural” (1943) is twenty feet long and eight feet tall. The work is considered a pivotal achievement of Pollock’s career, which led him to develop his signature technique, and for other artists, notably Clement Greenberg, to proclaim, “I took one look at it and I knew Jackson was the greatest painter this country had produced.”

Through February 23, 2020.

“Less is a Bore” at the Institute of Contemporary Art

The famous quote “less is more” is used to express the view that a minimalist approach to art is more effective. The Institute of Contemporary Art challenges this notion with “Less is a Bore,” paintings, sculpture, ceramic, furniture, and more works from many artists that champion decoration, pattern, and maximalism.

Through September 22, 2019.

“Arresting Fragments: Object Photography at The Bauhaus” at the MIT Museum

This summer is the last chance to see a collection of 90 prints from the Bauhaus Archive in Berlin. The exhibit celebrates the centennial of The Bahuahs (1919-1933), an influential German school of art that has impacted modern and contemporary design to this day.

Through September 1, 2019.

“EUROPA” at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

When Isabella Stewart Gardner acquired “Titan’s Rape of Europa” in 1896, it was the most important Renaissance painting in the US. Upon completion of her museum in 1901, she made the painting the focal point of its own dedicated room, creating an installation that, more than 100 years later, is worthy of its iconic status.

Permanently on display.

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