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News September 2015

Metropolitan Museum of Art to open in Breuer’s Whitney

September 19, 2015

Mark your calendars: the much anticipated opening of the “Met Breuer” is slated for March 2016. Back in 2010, when the board of trustees for the Whitney Museum voted to relocate to its current location along the High Line, the question of who would occupy their 1966 Brutalist home, designed by Marcel Breuer, was unanswered. Thankfully an agreement was soon reached with the Metropolitan Museum of Art to lease the landmarked building for eight years with the possibility of a longer term extension, ensuring that not only would the building be reused, but that it would be in keeping with the original intended use as a sanctuary for art. Dubbed the “Met Breuer” in honor of its visionary Bauhaus architect, the Met will use the facility to support its modern and contemporary art program. The museum will open with two new exhibitions and musical performances that will make use of the purposefully designed flexible interior spaces and innovative lobby entrance.

Window detail of Marcel Breur's "Whitney" Museum (1963 - 1966), which will now be used by the Met. Photo: Meredith Bzdak