The Met Breuer heralds a new era with several bold gestures

The Met Breuer lobby
With the official opening just two weeks away, The Met Breuer is set to capture hearts and minds with a selection of groundbreaking exhibitions. Pictured: the museum’s iconic lobby has stayed unchanged
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The reopening of the Marcel Breuer’s former Whitney Museum building – which will be henceforth known as The Met Breuer – heralds a new beginning for the mammoth arts institution. Dedicated to modern and contemporary art covering the period from 1900 up to present day, The Met Breuer has returned the iconic building back to its former glory, removing any traces of ageing over the years with the help of Beyer Blinder Belle. In tribute to the legacy of the building, the museum has incorporated its architect’s name in its official new moniker.

At the museum’s press preview, the Metropolitan Museum of Art's director and CEO Thomas P Campbell said, ‘In deciding to title the building The Met Breuer, we’re choosing to pay homage to architect Marcel Breuer, whose vision and artistry lead to the creation of one of the most iconic and influential works of modernist architecture in New York. It’s been a privilege to occupy this space, especially to have the time between the departure of the Whitney and our own opening today, where we’ve been able to really explore the building and do our part to recapture its beauty.’

With the official opening just two weeks away, The Met Breuer is set to capture hearts and minds with several groundbreaking exhibitions. The second floor space will be dedicated to the Indian modernist Nasreen Mohamedi, chosen not only for her influence on abstraction, but also to articulate the museum’s keen international focus. Featuring over 130 paintings, drawings and photographs, this showcase provides a rarely seen insight into the complex oeuvre of this conceptual artist.

The exhibition set to really ignite excitement, however, is ‘Unfinished: Thoughts Left Visibleon the third and fourth floors. Ranging from Renaissance portraits to still lifes, and abstract compositions from the likes of Luc Tuymans, Robert Rauschenberg, and Yayoi Kusama, this showcase offers a multi-dimensional look at the creative and artistic process in its numerous different forms. Whether interrupted by war, economics or death, the array of unfinished work blurs the boundaries between space and time, while leading viewers to question: when exactly is an art work considered finished?

This new era of the Metropolitan Museum is perfectly encapsulated in a specially commissioned audio work by the Pulitzer Prize winning composer John Luther Adams, which is available to download now. Lasting nine minutes and nine seconds, the two-part composition coincides with the average amount of time it takes to walk from The Met Breuer to the museum’s main hub on Fifth Avenue. 

The Met Breuerhe museum’s staircase

In tribute to the legacy of the building, the museum notably incorporates its architect’s name into its official new moniker. Pictured: the museum’s compact staircase

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The exterior of The Met Breuer in New York

The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s director and CEO Thomas P Campbell said, ’In deciding to title the building "The Met Breuer", we’re choosing to pay homage to architect Marcel Breuer, who’s vision and artistry lead to the creation of one of the most iconic and influential works of modernist architecture in New York.’ Photography: Ed Lederman

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monographic exhibition on the Indian modernist Nasreen Mohamedi

For its inauguration, The Met Breuer will present a monographic exhibition on the Indian modernist Nasreen Mohamedi, chosen not only for her influence on abstraction, but also to articulate the museum’s keen international focus

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unfinished artwork on display at The Met Breuer

Its third and fourth floor galleries will house ’Unfinished: Thoughts Left Visible’ – over 190 unfinished works ranging from the Renaissance to present day

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grey walls with various artworks in frames on display at Met Breuer

This captivating showcase offers a multi-dimensional look at the creative and artistic process in its numerous different forms

(Image credit: TBC)

grey walls with two artworks in frames on display at Met Breuer

Whether interrupted by war, economics or death, the array of unfinished work blurs the boundaries between space and time, while leading viewers to question: when exactly is an art work considered finished?

(Image credit: TBC)

INFORMATION

The Met Breuer opens to the public on 18 March. For more information please visit the gallery’s website (opens in new tab)

ADDRESS

The Met Breuer
945 Madison Avenue
New York NY 1002

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Pei-Ru Keh is the US Editor at Wallpaper*. Born and raised in Singapore, she has been a New Yorker since 2013. Pei-Ru has held various titles at Wallpaper* since she joined in 2007. She currently reports on design, art, architecture, fashion, beauty and lifestyle happenings in the United States, both in print and digitally. Pei-Ru has taken a key role in championing diversity and representation within Wallpaper's content pillars and actively seeks out stories that reflect a wide range of perspectives. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children, and is currently learning how to drive.