Met Breuer takes the long view of contemporary art
Inaugural exhibitions at new outpost will avoid the usual suspects
There are more places to see Modern and contemporary art in New York right now than ever before. On 18 March, the Metropolitan Museum of Art will add yet another. With the opening of the Met Breuer, the museum will have 75% more space to devote to Modern and contemporary work, long considered an area of weakness for the encyclopaedic institution. How can it stand out amid unprecedented competition?
The answer, says Sheena Wagstaff, the museum’s head of Modern and contemporary art, is to look backward as much as forward. The inaugural programme includes Unfinished: Thoughts Left Visible (18 March-4 September), a presentation of 197 works in various stages of completion, from the Renaissance to the present. The next major group show, a collaboration with the European sculpture and decorative arts department, will have “an even longer historic trajectory and a broader global trajectory”, Wagstaff says.