The main museum of America - the Metropolitan - is preparing to celebrate its 150 anniversary with many exhibitions, installations and lectures by leading art historians of the world. This publication writes "Voice of America".
One of the largest and fourth most visited art museum in the world - the Metropolitan, located in New York, will celebrate its anniversary in 2020 year. As part of the celebration, large thematic and personal exhibitions, installations dedicated to world cultures of different eras, and generous gifts from sponsors are planned, the source notes.
In addition, special programs are expected on music, architecture, electronic communications. Lectures by leading art historians of the world, as well as a series of programs for children and youth.
The Metropolitan Museum was opened 13 on April 1870 year by the efforts of city authorities, several entrepreneurs and artists.
“This anniversary will be an exciting moment for the millions of New Yorkers who enjoy the museum regularly, and for the millions of tourists for whom coming to New York is a good chance to see our exhibits. It is also an opportunity to reflect on our history, our future and say “thank you!” To everyone, said museum president Daniel Weiss at a six-month meeting between the museum’s leaders and curators and journalists.
The main event of the anniversary year
The main event of the anniversary year will be the retrospective exhibition “Making The Met”. It will be held from March 30 to August 2 2020 of the year. This exhibition will feature more than 250 works of art from different eras, styles and genres, including those that are rarely seen for reasons of safety.
“All exhibits are“ motivated ”by belonging to important pages of the museum’s history. These include the circumstances of the emergence of the “American Wing” (US art gallery), the role of the museum during the Second World War, the evolution of the principles of collecting works of art. The exhibition will be accompanied by rare archival photographs and digital bulletin boards, ”the source said.
A new section of the Metropolitan Museum will be prepared for the anniversary date. These are 10 galleries, three of which with authentic interiors of the 18 century, with a total area of 3352 thousand square meters. meters dedicated to UK decorative art and design between the 1500 and 2000 years. About 700 exhibits, including very rare ones, will take their place in them, the source notes.
Also, numerous sponsors and philanthropists timed the anniversary of the transfer of their gifts to the Met.
“We are talking about about a hundred collectors who donated or guaranteed the future transfer to the museum of both individual works of art and entire collections,” the statement said.
It is noted that the gifts will be placed in the main building of the museum on Fifth Avenue, in the collection of medieval art at the Met Cloisters branch and at the Met Broyer branch on Madison Avenue. Such exhibits will be marked with red plates.
Exhibitions within the framework of the anniversary
From the 27 of November, the 2019 of the year to the 17 of the May of the 2020 of the year, the exhibition “In pursuit of fashion” will be open. It will feature part of the Met collection presented by Sandy Schreyer, a famous historian and fashion collector.
On December 2 of 2019, the Aesthetic Splendor exhibition will open. This is a gift from Barry and Didi Wigmore, comprising dozens of works of American art, including paintings by landscape painters from the Hudson River School.
Michael and Juliet Rubensteen will show the work they donated at the Met-Breuer exhibition, From Gericault to Rockburn.
“These are mainly drawings and watercolors created from the beginning of the 19 century to the present day,” the publication writes.
Among the other gifts to the museum are an ancient military mask from Tibet, ancient Japanese scrolls, a painting by one of the representatives of the Bologna school Lodovico Carracci, wooden African sculptures from the turn of the 19 and 20 centuries, as well as a picture by Pablo Picasso.
The curators highlighted among the numerous exhibitions planned for the anniversary year, such as: “Sahel: art and empires on the Sahara” (will be held in January - May), “Gerhard Richter: painting above all else” (March - July), “Art at the court Tudor ”(October - January 2021),“ Tree and Serpent: Early Buddhist Art in India ”(November - February 2021).
The crisis of relations with Russian museums
Speaking about the prospects for overcoming the protracted crisis in relations between Met and Russian museums, museum director Max Hollein expressed the opinion that politicians are responsible for the deadlock in the exchange of exhibitions.
Recall that the reason for the blocking of museum exchanges between the United States and Russia was the conflict between the Russian side and the Jewish organization Chabad over the "Schneerson library."
“The American court ruled in favor of Chabad, but the Russian courts have expressed their disagreement. Russia, according to its representatives, does not hold exhibitions in the US for fear that paintings and other art objects, once in the United States, may be confiscated in pursuance of a court decision in favor of Chabad, ”the publication recalls.
At the same time, the US State Department is ready to provide Russia with guarantees of judicial immunity, but this option does not suit the Russian side.
Hollein said that despite frozen exchanges, Met and the St. Petersburg Hermitage are exchanging employees who go to visit colleagues as part of short-term scientific internships.
Hollein also emphasized that museums in the modern world, as public cultural institutions, have an important function.
“We must think deeply about the measure of our responsibility as navigators of this exceptionally rich collection. Met seeks to maintain his reputation as an encyclopedic museum - a museum about the world, for the world and in the world. And we are grateful to everyone who helps us in this difficult and noble cause, ”he concluded.