In March 2016, The Metropolitan Museum of Art will launch its first season of programming at The Met Breuer, inviting visitors to engage with art of the 20th and 21st centuries through the global breadth and historical reach of the Museum’s unparalleled collection and scholarly resources. At the same time, the Met will reveal a restored architectural
icon, invigorated by renovations that will support a fluid, integrated experience of art and architecture.
“The Met is proud to become the steward of this iconic building and to preserve Marcel Breuer’s bold vision,” said Thomas P. Campbell, Director and CEO of The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
“Our approach to inhabiting and interpreting the building honors Breuer’s intent for the space, highlighting its unique character as an environment for the presentation of modern and contemporary art. The wonderfully scaled galleries and interior spaces of The Met Breuer provide a range of opportunities to present our modern and contemporary program, in addition to our galleries in the Fifth Avenue building.”
The Met’s approach to animating the building honors Breuer’s vision to integrate art throughout the museum. The installation of the inaugural program will span from the lobby gallery to the fourth floor, in an exhibition plan that echoes the unique architecture of the space and creates zones for reflection throughout. The lobby will be activated by Artist in Residence Vijay Iyer’s performance installation facilitating an immediate engagement with art as visitors enter the building.
The Met will develop and present programming at The Met Breuer for a period of eight years, following a collaborative agreement between the Met and the Whitney, which occupied the building from 1966 to 2014 and retains ownership of it. The Met Breuer’s program will spotlight modern and contemporary art in dialogue with historic works that embrace the full range and reach of the Museum’s collection.
Upcoming exhibitions include names such as Diane Arbus, Pierre Huyghe, Wolfgang Tillmans and a multimedia installation by Philippe Parreno.