Shark Tales, Gifts for Gods and Threads of Splendor at the Met

Cue that foreboding Jaws soundtrack! Damien Hirst’s The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living, otherwise known as the huge Tiger shark suspended in 4,360 gallons of formaldehyde, has arrived at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and will be on display starting today.

The MET will also debut “Gifts for the Gods: Images from Egyptian Temples” today and “Tapestry in the Baroque: Threads of Splendor,” opening Oct. 17.

According to the press release, Hirst’s “seminal, 22-ton work – which was created in 1991 and was displayed as part of the collection of its previous owner, Charles Saatchi, in the 1997-2000 London/Berlin/New York exhibition Sensation: Young British Artists from the Saatchi Collection – has been recently refurbished by the artist, who replaced the original tiger shark with the current one” after it began to rot.

The work will be displayed in the wing’s second-floor Lila Acheson Wallace Gallery, which overlooks Central Park.

Read more for information on other displays at the MET this week.

Gifts for Gods will display some 70 statues and statuette created in precious metals:

Through their long history, the ancient Egyptians used copper, bronze, gold, and silver to create lustrous, graceful statuary for their interactions with their gods – from ritual dramas in the temples and chapels that dotted the landscape to festival processions through the towns and countryside that were thronged by believers. Opening at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on October 16, 2007, Gifts for the Gods: Images from Egyptian Temples is the first exhibition ever devoted to these fascinating yet enigmatic works.

For Threads of Splendor:

From the Middle Ages through the late 18th century, the courts of Europe lavished vast resources on tapestries made in precious materials after designs by the leading artists of the day, and works in this spectacular medium were prized by the aristocracy for their artistry and also as tools of propaganda. Tapestry in the Baroque: Threads of Splendor – on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art beginning October 17 – will offer the first comprehensive survey of high-quality 17th-century European tapestry, and will demonstrate the importance of tapestry as a prestigious figurative medium throughout that century. Shark Tales, Gifts for Gods and Threads of Splendor at the Met