The Met Breuer, 945 Madison Avenue, New York is dedicated to the display of modern and contemporary art and opens to the public on March 18, 2016 in New York. The opening weekend program of events will be sure to attract the crowds with a mixture of visual arts and performance arts to enjoy. Housed in a landmark building designed by renowned Hungarian born modernist designer Bauhaus architect Marcel Breuer (1902-1981), visitors are able to engage with the art of the 20th and 21st centuries presented through the global breadth and historical reach of The Metropolitan Museum of Art‘s unique unparalleled collection and outstanding resources.
Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners with a wonderful understanding of its original architect’s intent have transformed the building. Its dramatic form and two-storey high glass wall facing Madison Avenue, were always intended to ‘receive the visitor before entering the building’. Modern concrete surfaces, bluestone floors and bronze fixtures are integral to the building’s signature characteristics. The landscape architect Günther Vogt has created a site-specific design and installation that includes Quaking Aspen trees planted along the west perimeter.
The three days of special programs at all three of our locations celebrates the opening of Marcel Breuer‘s iconic building on Madison Avenue representing an important chapter in the cultural life of New York City,” said Thomas P. Campbell, Director and CEO of The Met. “Whether frequent or first-time visitors to our Fifth Avenue building or The Met Cloisters, we look forward to welcoming everyone to The Met Breuer, which provides an unparalleled opportunity to experience modern and contemporary art through the lens of the global breadth and historical reach of The Met’s collection.”
Unfinished: Thoughts Left Visible is an across-departmental curatorial initiative. Bringing together works by some of the greatest artists from Titian to Louise Bourgeois, who experimented with a non finito style, throughout March visitors will have an integrated experience of art with architecture. Sheena Wagstaff, the Leonard A. Lauder Chairman of The Met’s Department of Modern and Contemporary Art, added: “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. On Friday March 18 starting at 10am the David Dorfman Dancers and musicians will perform a work that interacts with the public and harmonizes with the notions of a reveal, the unexpected, and the joyful.
Highlighting all its great museum spaces, visitors can listen to creative voices from across New York City respond to the idea of “unfinished” in talks of just 9 minutes in length—the time it takes to walk between The Met Fifth Avenue and The Met Breuer, and between the entrance of Fort Tryon Park and The Met Cloisters. Visit The Met Breuer on its opening weekend Friday, 6–9 pm, Saturday, 11 am–9 pm, The Met Fifth Avenue Friday, 6–8 pm and The Met Cloisters Sunday, 11 am–4 pm. The list of presenters is amazing. FIND EVENTS | Visit THE MET’s NEW WEBSITE