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The Metropolitan Museum of Art Tackles Modern – The Met Breuer Opens in March

Tim Wright, Art & Museum Editor, March 2, 2016

MoMA is the (pronounce thee) top tourist destination in New York City. Understanding the power and draw of an exciting space and interesting art, The Whitney smartly located its new space at the foot of another NYC tourist blockbuster, The Highline.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, no slouch itself when it comes to attracting visitors (over six million annually), is jumping in feet-first to the contemporary art scene with The Met Breuer, the Met’s new modern and contemporary art space opening this month on Madison Avenue and 75th Street. NYC art aficionados will recognize this address as The Whitney’s previous home, a landmark building by Bauhaus architect Marcel Breuer. The Met Breuer will house exhibitions, commissions, performances, and artist residencies that engage visitors with 20th and 21st-century works.

“With the launch of The Met Breuer, we are honoring the history of this beloved building and embracing its significance to the cultural landscape of our city as we infuse it with The Met’s curatorial spirit for the public to enjoy…” states Met’s Department of Modern and Contemporary Art Chairman Sheena Wagstaff.

The Met Breuer opens with an exhibition by Indian modernist Nasreen Mohamedi, performances by Artist in Residence Vijay Lyer, a sonic installation by contemporary composer John Adams, and Unfinished: Thoughts Left Visible, an exploration of unfinished works from the Renaissance to present day.

The Met Breuer opens its doors to members this weekend, and opens to the public on March 18th.


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