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  • 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.)

  • Gallery of Late Gothic Art Reopens at The Cloisters

    Monumental Tapestry is Highlight of Multi-Year Project at Met's Northern Manhattan Branch

  • Metropolitan Museum Celebrates the Holidays by Opening on "Holiday Monday" December 28

    The Metropolitan Museum of Art will be open to the public on Monday, December 28 (the Monday between Christmas and New Year's Day), as part of the Museum's popular "Holiday Mondays" program. The Museum will open the doors of its main building this winter and spring on three additional major Monday holidays: January 18 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day), February 15 (Presidents' Day), and May 31 (Memorial Day).

    NOVEMBER 2009

    Haydn Trio Eisenstadt Performs Haydn and Two U.S. Premieres, Steve Ross and Lesley Gore Make Return Appearances at the Museum, Paula Robison Performs Music from the Time of Watteau, and Chanticleer Begins Its Run of Christmas Concerts


    (New York, November 10, 2009)—Denis P. Kelleher has been elected to the Board of Trustees of The Metropolitan Museum of Art representing the Borough of Staten Island, it was announced today by James R. Houghton, the Museum's Chairman. The election took place at the November 10 meeting of the Board.

    DECEMBER 2009

    The New York Philharmonic CONTACT Series Begins, MMArtists in Concert Performs, and Christmas Concerts Feature Chanticleer, Lionheart, Burning River Brass, Quartetto Gelato, and Inspirational Voices of the Abyssinian Baptist Church

  • Istanbul-Based Vehbi Koç Foundation Funds New Galleries for Ottoman Art at Metropolitan Museum

    (New York—November 6, 2009) In recognition of a generous gift of $10 million from the Istanbul-based Vehbi Koç Foundation, The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced today the designation of two new galleries for Ottoman Art as the Koç Family Galleries. To be part of the Museum's galleries for the art of the Arab Lands, Turkey, Iran, Central Asia, and later South Asia, scheduled to open in 2011, the two galleries will display works created within the borders of the Ottoman Empire between the early 14th and early 20th centuries.

  • Metropolitan Museum of Art Returns a Granite Fragment to Egypt

    Fragment had been on loan and was recently identified as belonging to a larger work in Karnak