Current Exhibitions

The Delaware Art Museum regularly presents major traveling exhibitions, offering the community an opportunity to become familiar with a wide variety of artists and artistic movements. The Museum also displays smaller exhibitions, often assembled from its permanent collection, to complement larger shows or to bring select works to light.

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Oscar Wilde’s Salomé: Illustrating Death and DesireFebruary 7, 2015 - May 10, 2015

Oscar Wilde (1854–1900) was an Irish writer and poet who became one of London’s most popular playwrights in the early 1890s. Wilde’s retelling of the beheading of John the Baptist became the controversial play, Salomé, and was banned on the London stage in 1893. Illustrators have been attracted to its rhythmic prose and subject matter ever since. Oscar Wilde’s Salomé: Illustrating Death ... Read More

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Portable Fire: A History of Match SafesSeptember 13, 2014 - March 15, 2015

In the mid-19th century, the small utilitarian cases made to hold the modern striking match evolved into an array of imaginative designs, inventive techniques, and seemingly endless subjects in miniature. Over 300 match safes—including 60 rare examples, and a broad selection mass-produced by the rapidly-developing technologies of the late 19th century—will be on view in this community-curated ... Read More