History and Mission

The Leonard A. Lauder Research Center for Modern Art

The Leonard A. Lauder Research Center for Modern Art is envisioned to be the world's leading center for scholarship on modern art, with a focus on Cubism. It is intended to be a catalyst for the understanding and appreciation of modern art and Cubism in particular, including its origins and influence. Through public lectures, exhibitions, publications, a sophisticated web presence, and a residency for Fellows and Research Scholars, the Center will make important contributions to the understanding of early twentieth-century art.

The Center takes full advantage of its location within The Metropolitan Museum of Art and is unique in its ability to offer object-based study using a collection that spans 5,000 years of world history. Additionally, the Museum's renowned conservation facilities and staff provide unparalleled opportunities for examination and analysis of the Metropolitan's modern art collection.


Leonard A. Lauder

Leonard A Lauder portrait three quarter full Chairman Emeritus of Estée Lauder Inc. Companies, Leonard Lauder is one of the nation's leading philanthropists. He has long served as a trustee, President, and Chairman of the Whitney Museum of American Art, to which he donated over two hundred works of art and more than $100 million to assure its long-term sustainability. Additionally he has been a major supporter of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, University of Pennsylvania, Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF), the Alzheimer Drug Discovery Foundation (ADDF), the Hospital for Special Surgery, and Adventure Playgrounds in Central Park, among hundreds of other cultural, educational, social service, and civic organizations. In the spring of 2013, Mr. Lauder pledged his collection of Cubist art to The Metropolitan Museum of Art. A champion of educational causes, he also provided significant support and encouragement for the creation of the Leonard A. Lauder Research Center for Modern Art to advance scholarship and connoisseurship of early twentieth-century art.

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