André Mertens Galleries for Musical Instruments Reopen March 2 at Metropolitan Museum
After an eight-month hiatus, The Metropolitan Museum of Art reopens its André Mertens Galleries for Musical Instruments on March 2, featuring a refreshed and reinstalled presentation of its renowned collection of Western musical instruments.
Early Music Exposed, A Daylong Exploration of Early Music, Celebrates the Reopening of The André Mertens Galleries for Musical Instruments with Presentations by Six Major Early Music Ensembles Saturday, March 13, 2010
Frederick Renz Hosts Lecture-Demonstrations by the New York Historical Dance Company, Parthenia, Lionheart, Asteria, ARTEK, and Members of the Grand Tour Orchestra
Important Antiquities Lent by Republic of Italy on View at Metropolitan Museum
(New York, February 19, 2010)—A rare, recently excavated ancient Roman dining set consisting of 20 silver objects—one of only three such sets from the region of Pompeii known to exist in the world—and an important ancient Greek kylix (or drinking cup) have been installed in The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Galleries for Greek and Roman Art as part of an ongoing exchange of antiquities between the Republic of Italy and the Museum.
Medieval Costume Demonstration at The Cloisters, February 28
In a special presentation at The Cloisters museum and gardens—The Metropolitan Museum of Art's branch devoted to the art and architecture of the Middle Ages—some 30 citizens of Nijmegen (The Netherlands) wearing historically accurate attire based on medieval designs will participate in a lecture demonstration with costume historian Desirée Koslin. The program will take place twice on Sunday, February 28, 2010, at 1:00 p.m. and again at 3:00 p.m., and will focus on 15 different costumes. Although they are of contemporary construction, each unique costume relates to a specific depiction in one of several well-known illuminated manuscripts of the 15th century. Costumes featured in the demonstration will include those that would have been worn by dukes, duchesses, ladies of the court, and merchants, as well as citizens, servants, and peasants. The costumed citizens of Nijmegen will be available for photographs by the public—taken without flash—during the intermission. The event is free with Museum admission.
METROPOLITAN MUSEUM CONCERTS
Early Music Exposed, A Daylong Event, Celebrates the Reopening of
The André Mertens Galleries for Musical Instruments,
Till Fellner's Beethoven Sonata Cycle Continues with "Pathétique" and "Les Adieux,"
Menahem Pressler & Gautier Capuçon Perform Together, and
Sweet Honey In The Rock Makes Its Museum Debut
Statement by The Metropolitan Museum of Art on Accident Involving Picasso's The Actor
(New York, January 24, 2010)— An important painting by Pablo Picasso was accidentally damaged in the galleries of The Metropolitan Museum of Art Friday afternoon, January 22. A visitor attending a class lost her balance, falling onto Picasso's The Actor, a large, Rose-period painting that was painted in winter 1904-1905. The accident resulted in an irregular vertical tear of about six inches in length in the lower right-hand corner.
METROPOLITAN MUSEUM CONCERTS
PianoForte Continues with Peter Orth, Rafal Blechacz, and
Till Fellner's Beethoven Sonata Cycle;
Perlman Music Program Presents New Work by D. Edward Davis;
Steve Ross and the Pacifica Quartet Return
Meissen Snuffbox Returned to Heirs of Munich-based Art Gallery
(New York, January 5, 2010)—The Metropolitan Museum of Art has restituted to the heirs of a Munich-based art gallery an 18th-century Meissen snuffbox. In 1936, the shareholders of the gallery, who were Jewish, were forced to liquidate the gallery's entire stock in response to an extortionate tax demand by the Nazi Government in order to secure their freedom to leave Germany. The gallery's inventory was sold at auction in Berlin in 1936.
Metropolitan Museum Observes World AIDS Day on December 1
The Metropolitan Museum of Art will observe World AIDS Day for the 21st consecutive year on Tuesday, December 1, 2009. In recognition of the devastating losses suffered by the cultural community as a result of AIDS, the Metropolitan will shroud or remove from view 15 works of art around the Museum. Stanchions in the Great Hall will acquaint visitors with the Museum's observance, and black ribbons will be tied around the flowers in the Great Hall. In addition, the Museum will lower the flags on its plaza to half-staff to symbolize the losses due to AIDS-related deaths in the art community.
Metropolitan Museum Exhibitions Create $593 Million Economic Impact for New York
(New York, November 23, 2009)—The Metropolitan Museum's summer 2009 opening of its New American Wing, along with the concurrent presentation of three highly acclaimed and widely attended special exhibitions—Roxy Paine on the Roof: Maelstrom; Francis Bacon: A Centenary Retrospective; and The Model as Muse: Embodying Fashion—generated $593 million in spending by regional, national, and foreign tourists to New York, according to a visitor survey the Museum released today. Using the industry standard for calculating tax revenue impact, the study found that the direct tax benefit to the City and State from out-of-town visitors to the Museum totaled some $59.3 million. (Study findings are attached.)