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What's On at The Met Breuer This September

Exterior of The Met Breuer, designed by Hungarian architect Marcel Breuer, on Madison Avenue in New York City's Upper East Side

The exterior of The Met Breuer, designed by Hungarian architect Marcel Breuer, on the Upper East Side of Manhattan

This month at The Met Breuer, Delirious: Art at the Limits of Reason 1950–1980 opens and its catalogue goes on sale, The Met Breuer Design Store features Ettore Sottsass goods, Flora Bar launches a new brunch menu, and more.

Delirious: Art at the Limits of Reason, 1950–1980

Delerious promo

Anna Maria Maiolino (Brazilian, born 1942). In-Out (Antropofagia) [In-Out (Antropophagy)], from Fotopoemação [Photopoemaction] Series, 1973–74. Black and white analog photograph; original photos by Max Nauenberg. Courtesy of the artist and Hauser & Wirth © Anna Maria Maiolino

Delirious times demand delirious art, or so this exhibition will propose. The years between 1950 and 1980 were beset by upheaval. Around the globe, military conflict proliferated and social and political unrest flared. Disenchantment with an oppressive rationalism mounted, as did a corollary interest in fantastic, hallucinatory experiences. Artists responded to these developments by incorporating absurdity, disorder, nonsense, disorientation, and repetition into their work. In the process, they destabilize space and perception, give form to extreme mental, emotional, and physical states, and derange otherwise logical structures and techniques. Delirious will explore the embrace of irrationality among American, Latin American, and European artists.

Delirious opens September 13 and is accompanied by an exhibition catalogue, now on sale at The Met Store.

Ettore Sottsass: Design Radical

Motto Clasp and Ettore Sottsass Necklace comparison

Left: Motto clasp of Sithathoryunet. Middle Kingdom, Dynasty 12, reign of Senwosret II–Amenemhat III, ca. 1887–1813 B.C. Gold, carnelian, paste, 7/8 x 3/4 in. (2.3 x 1.9 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Purchase, Rogers Fund and Henry Walters Gift, 1916 (16.1.18).
Right: Ettore Sottsass (Italian [born Austria], 1917–2007). Euphoria Necklace, 1985. Enameled metal, rubber, and metal, 7 x 5 7/8 x 1/16 in. (17.8 x 14.8 x 0.2 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Gift of Jacqueline Loewe Fowler, 2017 (2017.104.18)

Ettore Sottsass's extensive travels brought him into contact with art and artifacts from civilations across the world. In an exhibition at Galleria Sperone, Menhir, Ziggurat, Stupas, Hydrants, and Gas Pumps (1965–66), Sottsass included 21 ceramic totems that influenced his work; five of those totems also appear in Design Radical, juxtaposed with Sottsass's own objects.

The Met collection provided curator Christian Larsen ample opportunity to exhibit Sottsass's influences alongside his inspired works, as seen above with an ancient Egyptian amulet and a modern necklace. Visit Ettore Sottsass: Design Radical as it continues this month to see more examples of the designer's cosmopolitan work juxtaposed with objects across history, including paintings by Roy Lichtenstein, Hopi katsina figures, Thomas Struth photographs, Indian stupas, mandalas, and more.

Carlton divider

Memphis at The Met Breuer Store

Left: Ettore Sottsass (Italian [born Austria], 1917–2007). "Carlton" room divider, 1981. Wood, plastic laminate, 76 3/4 x 74 3/4 x 15 3/4 in. (194.9 x 189.9 x 40 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, John C. Waddell Collection, Gift of John C. Waddell, 1997 (1997.460.1a–d)

The Met Breuer Store now offers iconic goods designed by Sottsass and other members of the Memphis school he co-founded, including miniature replicas of Sottsass's "Carlton" room dividers for $1,000.

Morgan Pearce writes on The Met Store Magazine, "Sottsass's Carlton bookcase . . . continues to be one of the most recognizable Memphis designs. Its unconventional form makes an immediate visual impact, combining color, shape, and texture in a highly energetic way . . . and reimagines the way a bookcase can function, including opportunities for books to stack vertically, horizontally, and at an angle, depending on the user's needs."

For more on the Sottsass and Memphis offerings, shop The Met Store or read "Ettore Sottsass: 'Quoting from Suburbia'".

Sunday at The Met

On Sunday, October 1, join design icons David Kelley and Johanna Grawunder at the Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium for a discussion on their perspectives of the work of Ettore Sottsass. Learn more about this event.

Flora Bar

Flora Bar Weekend Brunch

This September, Flora Bar at The Met Breuer introduces weekend brunch on Saturdays, 11:30am–3:30pm, and Sundays, 11:30 am–4:30 pm.

New selections include eggs with cured tuna, celery, and capers on toast; shakshuka with rye flatbread; egg and cheese sandwich with tomato chutney; and a buttermilk biscuit with jam. Brunch cocktails range from The Barrymore, a Bloody Mary flavored with szechuan mignonette, to My Paloma, with tequila, grapefruit, and soda.

In addition to the elegant dining room, the outdoor garden is also open for brunch.

Flora Bar
The Met Breuer, Garden Level

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