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Metropolitan Museum and the Whitney Announce Collaborative Agreement for Breuer Building

Released: May 12, 2011

  The directors of The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art announced today that their boards of trustees have agreed in principle to a multiple-year collaboration projected to begin in 2015, when the Whitney opens its new museum facility on Gansevoort Street in downtown Manhattan. The Metropolitan Museum plans to present exhibitions and educational programming at the Whitney’s landmark building at 945 Madison Avenue, which was designed by Marcel Breuer, for a period of eight years, with the possibility of extending the agreement for a longer term. The ...


Thomas P.  Campbell on a visit to the Museo del Prado.

Thomas P. Campbell Welcomed to AFA Board of Trustees

Released: March 24, 2010

  At the March 16, 2010, meeting of the Board of Trustees of the American Federation of Arts (AFA), Thomas P. Campbell was elected a trustee. “The AFA has enjoyed a long and extremely fruitful relationship with The Metropolitan Museum of Art,” said AFA Director George G. King, “and we are delighted that Tom will be carrying on the tradition of representing the Metropolitan on the AFA Board. I know that with his talent and wisdom he will be a great asset in assisting the AFA with carrying out its mission.” The AFA Board is the first board Mr. Campbell has joined since assumi...


# The Block, 1971 Romare Bearden (American, 1911–1988) Cut and pasted printed, colored and metallic papers, photostats, pencil, ink marker, gouache, watercolor, and pen and ink on Masonite Overall: 48 x 216 in.  (121.9 x 548.6 cm); six panels, each: 48 x 36 in.  (121.9 x 91.4 cm) Gift of Mr.  and Mrs.  Samuel Shore, 1978 (1978.61.1–6) © Romare Bearden Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

Romare Bearden's The Block and Related Drawings On View at Metropolitan Museum Beginning January 15

Released: January 15, 2010

Romare Bearden's vibrant mural-size tableau The Block (1971) and related sketches and photographs will be featured at The Metropolitan Museum of Art beginning January 15, 2010, in a small installation of works from the collection. The Block, an ambitious 18-foot-long collage, celebrates the Harlem neighborhood in New York City that nurtured and inspired so much of the artist's life and work. Romare Bearden (1911–1988) is best known for the colorful cut-paper collages that he began making in the 1960s. Elaborate works such as The Block (1971) elevated this genre to a major art form through ...


The Charles Engelhard Court at the Met

Istanbul-Based Vehbi Koç Foundation Funds New Galleries for Ottoman Art at Metropolitan Museum

Released: November 6, 2009

In recognition of a generous gift of $10 million from the Istanbul-based Vehbi Koç Foundation, The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced today the designation of two new galleries for Ottoman Art as the Koç Family Galleries. To be part of the Museum's galleries for the art of the Arab Lands, Turkey, Iran, Central Asia, and later South Asia, scheduled to open in 2011, the two galleries will display works created within the borders of the Ottoman Empire between the early 14th and early 20th centuries.   "It gives me great pleasure to acknowledge the generosity of the Vehbi Ko...


The French Comedians, 1720–21 Jean Antoine Watteau (French, 1684–1721) Oil on canvas 22 1/2 x 28 3/4 in.  (57.2 x 73 cm) The Jules Bache Collection, 1949 (49.7.54)

Watteau, Music, and Theater, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Released: September 13, 2009

Watteau, Music, and Theater, the first exhibition of Jean-Antoine Watteau's paintings in the United States in 25 years, will be presented at The Metropolitan Museum of Art from September 22 through November 29. The exhibition will demonstrate the place of music and theater in Watteau's art, exploring the tension between an imagery of power, associated with the court of Louis XIV, and a more optimistic and mildly subversive imagery of pleasure that was developed in opera-ballet and theater early in the 18th century. It will demonstrate that the painter's vision was influenced directly by mu...


Shahnama (The Book of Kings) of Shah Tahmasp, ca.  1525–30; Safavid period (1501-1722) Abu'l Qasim Firdausi, Author; Qasim, son of 'Ali, Artist (attributed to); Aqa Mirak, (supervised by) Made in Tabriz, Iran.  The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of Arthur A.  Houghton Jr., 1970 (1970.301

Sharmin and Bijan Mossavar-Rahmani Fund New Gallery for Persian Art at Metropolitan Museum

Released: July 21, 2009

The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced today that a new gallery dedicated to Safavid and Later Persian Art (1500-1924) has been designated the Sharmin and Bijan Mossavar-Rahmani Gallery. It is one of a suite of exhibition spaces—the Galleries for the Arts of the Arab Lands, Turkey, Iran, Central Asia, and Later South Asia—that are overseen by the Museum's Department of Islamic Art and are scheduled to open in 2011. In addition to funding the gallery naming, Mr. and Mrs. Mossavar-Rahmani's significant grant will fund the publication of a catalogue on the entire collection of the Departmen...


Japanese Mandalas: Emanations and Avatars

Japanese Mandalas on View at Metropolitan Museum through November 29

Released: June 30, 2009

Exhibition dates: June 18 – November 29, 2009 Location: The Sackler Wing Galleries for the Arts of Japan, 2nd Floor An impressive group of Japanese mandalas—graphic depictions of the Buddhist universe and its myriad realms and deities—are featured in an exhibition on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art through November 29. Showcasing more than 60 magnificent works—painting, sculpture, drawing, metalwork, stoneware, textile, and lacquer—drawn from major museums and collections in the United States, Japanese Mandalas: Emanations and Avatars illustrates the exceptional and complex worl...