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Current Special Features

A special feature is a temporary presentation of artworks from the museum’s collection, or a select arrangement of artworks lent from other institutions, organized by the Cincinnati Art Museum. Special features are smaller and more focused in scope than special exhibitions. Some museums call these “focused exhibitions” or “rotations.”


Shapeshifting: Unconventional Approaches in Contemporary Japanese Design

January 13, 2024–January 12, 2025 Gallery 136

Pairing together ceramics and textiles from the museum's collection, this special feature explores different processes of "becoming" within contemporary Japanese design.

Auguste Rodin’s Burghers of Calais

November 14, 2023–June 2, 2024

The civic monument The Burghers of Calais is among the most revered and recognizable works by Auguste Rodin (French, 1840–1917), hailed as the founder of modern sculpture.

Modern and Contemporary Ceramics

March 4, 2023–June 30, 2024 • Gallery 222+223

Experience the varied narratives and techniques explored by local and internationally-recognized ceramists in diverse forms—ranging from vessels and sculptures to large-scale installations. This is a celebration of the museum’s commitment to collecting and sharing new clay-based art since its founding in 1881.


October 30, 2014–TBD • Exterior Installation

On view now is a large-scale, animated neon installation on the west wall of the French Wing at the Cincinnati Art Museum.