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The Met will lease Breuer building to Frick during renovations

October 17, 2018

More change is coming for Marcel Breuer’s (1902-1981) iconic museum building on Madison Avenue. The first big change came in 2010 when the Whitney Museum announced it would vacate its home since 1966 for a new building. Subsequently, the Met signed an eight-year lease and in 2016 opened the Met Breuer to house the museum’s modern and contemporary collections. In late September, the Met announced that in 2020 it would sub-lease the building to the Frick Museum for the three remaining years of its lease with the Whitney. This will allow the Frick to keep its collections open while its own building undergoes renovation. The question remains as to what will happen with the Breuer building once the Frick leaves in 2023. The Met, although it has the option to renew, likely will not be coming back. The museum leadership has indicated they plan to resume pursuit of a major “naming” donor in order to renovate and expand its main building on 5th Avenue, which would be used for the collections it had moved to the Met Breuer.

The Frick Likely to Take Over the Met Breuer,” The New York Times, September 21, 2018. 

“The Met’s Breuer building to host Frick Collection during renovation,”, September 28, 2018.

MET Breuer, originally Whitney Museum, Marcel Breuer, 1966. @Ed Lederman, Courtesy The Metropolitan Museum of Art.