Unfinished: Thoughts Left Visible at The Met Breuer

A preview of the exhibition Unfinished: Thoughts Left Visible, on view at The Met Breuer from March 18 through September 4, 2016.


This exhibition addresses a subject critical to artistic practice: the question of when a work of art is finished. Beginning with the Renaissance masters, this scholarly and innovative exhibition examines the term "unfinished" in its broadest possible sense, including works left incomplete by their makers, which often give insight into the process of their creation, but also those that partake of a non finito—intentionally unfinished—aesthetic that embraces the unresolved and open-ended.

Comprising 197 works dating from the Renaissance to the present—approximately forty percent of which are drawn from the Museum's own collection, enhanced by major national and international loans—this exhibition demonstrates The Met's unique capacity to mine its rich collection and scholarly resources to present modern and contemporary art within a deep historical context.

Featuring Kelly Baum, Curator, Department of Modern and Contemporary Art, and Andrea Bayer, Jayne Wrightsman Curator, Department of European Paintings


Director: Chris Noey
Producer: Kate Farrell
Editor: Dia Felix
Camera: Wayne De La Roche, Dia Felix
Lighting Director: Michael Pruitt-Bruun
Gaffer: Foster McLaughlin
Production Coordinator: Lisa Rifkind
Production Assistant: Karlie Effinger
Sound Recording: Tom Meyers
Original Music: Austin Fisher


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Featuring: Vijay Iyer, Chiara String Quartet, Salzburg Marionette Theatre, La Dolce Morte with Anthony Roth Costanzo, and more.

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Plain or Fancy

This interactive features objects that could be considered both austere and ornate. Tell us what you think!