The Year in Arts 2018

Best art museum shows of 2018

“Fog x FLO: Fujiko Nakaya on the Emerald Necklace” at Arnold Arboretum.
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“Fog x FLO: Fujiko Nakaya on the Emerald Necklace” at Arnold Arboretum.

Best contemporary show: “Art in the Age of the Internet, 1989 to Today” at the Institute of Contemporary Art

Best modern show: “Inventur — Art in Germany 1943-55” at Harvard Art Museums

Best thematic/historical show: “Empresses of China’s Forbidden City” at the Peabody Essex Museum


Best installation art: “Cecilia Vicuña: Disappeared Quipu” at the Museum of Fine Arts

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Best interactive shows: “William Forsythe: Choreographic Objects” at the ICA; “Fog x FLO: Fujiko Nakaya on the Emerald Necklace,” the Emerald Necklace Conservancy

Best Old Master show: “Fra Angelico: Heaven on Earth” at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Best painting show: “Women Artists in Paris, 1850-1900” at the Clark Art Institute

Best print show: “Christiane Baumgartner: Another Country” at the Davis Museum at Wellesley College


Best video show: “Before Projection: Video Sculpture 1974-1995” at the MIT List Visual Arts Center

Best family-friendly show: “Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic” at the MFA

Cate McQuaid can be reached at Follow her on Twitter @cmcq.