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Monday, 04 January 2016 11:49

The Met Breuer is Set to Open in March 2016

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is already one of the most expansive museums in the world, but this world-class institution will soon be getting an upgrade. On March 18, 2016, the Met will celebrate the opening of The Met Breuer, a separate building devoted to modern and contemporary art.

The Met Breuer will be housed in the former home of the Whitney Museum of American Art (now located downtown on Gansevoort Street), a stunning building at 75th Street and Madison Avenue designed by Bauhaus architect Marcel Breuer and completed in 1966.

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1. It doesn’t get any better than this Modernist masterpiece by Richard Meier.

esigned by the world renowned architect Richard Meier, the 11,000-square-foot “White Castle” was built in Old Westbury, New York, in 1972. A minimalist study in Meier’s signature white, the dramatic home features glass walls and a skylit gallery hall -- ideal for displaying a stunning art collection. The striking home is situated on five sprawling acres and features six bedrooms, a tennis court, a pool, and a pond. The “White Castle” will...

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Today the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York detailed its plans for the Met Breuer, the museum’s annex for modern and contemporary art, which is set to open in March 2016 at the Whitney Museum of American Art’s former, Marcel Breuer–designed headquarters. The high modernist building will be renovated prior to the beginning of the Met’s eight-year lease and will include a “book bar,” the museum announced.

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Legendary modernist architect Marcel Breuer designed one of his most striking residential properties, the Stillman House, in idyllic Litchfield, Connecticut. Constructed between 1950 and 1953, the estate was the first of four that Breuer devised for Rufus and Leslie Stillman, who sold it to the current owners in 2009. The 2.8-acre property, which has since been meticulously restored with the aid of archival photographs, will be offered in Wright’s “Design Masterworks” auction on November 19.

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Museums have traditionally been spaces of contemplation, refuges from the outside world where visitors can bask in front of masterpieces in quiet serenity.

Well, that's if you don't live in New York City.

In the Big Apple, even art museums can be crushed with crowds and airport security-style lines. These are massive buildings with some of the best collections of art in the world—it's natural. The Metropolitan Museum's attendance stood at a near-record 6.16 million people in 2014; the Museum of Modern Art's was more than 3 million, and if recent visits to the packed new Whitney are any indication, it will blow the old Breuer building's attendance out of the water.

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York is planning a Lucio Fontana show in 2017—and The Art Newspaper understands that it could take place in the Breuer Building, formerly the home of the Whitney Museum of American Art.

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Kelly Baum, who for past five years has served as the Haskell Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Princeton University Art Museum, will join the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Modern and Contemporary curatorial team.

The hiring comes at an important time, after the museum has announced plans to renovate their Modern wing and that in March of 2016 it will expand into the old Whitney Museum building. The building will be known as the Met Breuer and will focus on Modern and Contemporary exhibitions.

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Today, the Metropolitan Museum of Art announced its plans for the opening of The Met Breuer, the building formerly housing the Whitney Museum. With the Whitney's move into their brand new building at the edge of the High Line and opening this May, the Met has finally publicized its plans for its takeover of the old museum site. With an opening planned for March 10, 2016, the Met's contemporary and modern art department will feature multiple exhibitions and programs at the Breuer Building.

A boxy, drab concrete building, the Madison Avenue structure was designed by Hungarian Marcel Breuer and built in 1966 specifically to house the collection that Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney left behind.

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Advance tickets went on sale Friday for the soon-to-reopen Whitney Museum of American Art, and visitors should prepare for some sticker shock. Ticket prices are now pegged at $22, up from $20 at the now-shuttered Breuer Building.

The Whitney closed its doors on the Upper East Side in October, after a blockbuster Jeff Koons retrospective. Its new location at the base of the High Line at 99 Gansevoort Street between Washington and West Streets, in a building designed by Renzo Piano, will provide the Whitney almost double the exhibition space.

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Friday, 27 March 2015 10:23

The Whitney Prepares for Its May 1 Reopening

When the Whitney Museum of American Art opens its new building in Manhattan’s meatpacking district on May 1, it’s the big things everyone will notice first: the sweeping views west to the Hudson River; the romantic silhouettes of Manhattan’s wooden water towers; the four outdoor terraces for presenting sculptures, performances and movie screenings; and the tiered profile of its steel-paneled facade, intentionally reminiscent of the Whitney’s Modernist, granite-clad Marcel Breuer building on Madison Avenue, which had been the museum’s home since 1966.

Its new digs, designed by the Italian architect Renzo Piano, also offer commodious interior spaces: 50,000 square feet of galleries, unencumbered by structural columns, and huge elevators that are themselves immersive environments, the work of the artist Richard Artschwager.

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