The Met Breuer
Art and archi buffs were at once elated and deflated with the controversial and long-awaited relocation of the Whitney Musem of American Art in May 2015. The collection was unveiled in a bold, graphic, purpose-built, Renzo Piano-imagined edifice, looming over the Hudson and The High Line with spectacular views and yawning white spaces. Left behind and seemingly empty, however, was its long-time home, a striking 1966 monolith designed by Bauhaus icon Marcel Breuer, perched on the corner of Madison Avenue and 75th Street.
Well, dry your eyes; the striking five-storey, grey granite inverted pyramid on the Upper East Side has been reborn as The Met Breuer. What you might call the hip little sis to The Met Fifth Avenue (5,000 years of global art) and The Met Cloisters (medieval Euro wonders), this boundary-pushing new concept promises to offer the very best in both modern and contemporary art.
Opening to the public on March 18, 2016, the 28,000-sq-ft Brutalist beauty will be curated by the clever Sheena Wagstaff (formerly of London’s Tate Modern) with a series of C20th-21st exhibitions, performances and artist commissions. Kit up cool – visitors here promise to be as edgy as the art on the walls.
945 Madison Ave / Upper East Side / +1 212 731 1675 / 10am-5.30pm Tue-Wed & Sat-Sun, 10am-9pm Thu-Fri / metmuseum.org