New York (December 7, 2023)—This winter, New Yorkers and other art enthusiasts will have their final opportunity to experience Frick Madison, the acclaimed temporary home of The Frick Collection. Frick Madison will close its doors on March 3, 2024, as the institution begins preparing for its move back to its historic home at 1 East 70th Street, which is now nearing the completion of a significant renovation and enhancement project. The museum and library will reopen in the Frick’s newly renovated buildings in late 2024. Comments Ian Wardropper, the Frick’s Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Director, “We will savor our remaining weeks in the Breuer building, which has provided such a unique setting for our permanent collection during the past two and a half years. This remarkable space has provided up-close viewing opportunities for our reframed collections. We have enjoyed presenting the Frick’s iconic Vermeers, Rembrandts, and other Old Masters—as well as sculptures, porcelains, rugs, bronzes, and decorative arts objects—grouped in ways not possible in the historic mansion. The Frick’s beloved St. Francis in the Desert by Bellini, installed at Frick Madison in a chapel-like space, has been a particular favorite for visitors, many returning again and again to be inspired by this serene and moving masterpiece. Others consider the presentation of Jean-Honoré Fragonard’s Progress of Love—a “deconstructed Fragonard Room,” if you will—to be their favorite Frick Madison display, enjoying the eighteenth-century French panels by the light of architect Marcel Breuer’s signature trapezoidal window. It has been extremely gratifying to have our efforts at Frick Madison praised by Frick devotees and critics alike, which in turn has helped us to reach new audiences unfamiliar with the institution’s masterworks. During the next three months, we look forward to welcoming both new and returning visitors to be inspired one final time by Frick Madison, before closing the doors of this once-in-a-lifetime installation.”
The Frick’s residency at the Breuer Building has received overwhelmingly enthusiastic responses from media and visitors alike. Its 2021 opening was one of the year’s most talked-about cultural events in New York City. In addition to European masterpieces from the Renaissance through the early twentieth century shown on three floors of the landmarked Madison Avenue building, the museum has presented special exhibitions and contemporary installations, three of which will be on view with varying closure dates during Frick Madison’s final months. The most ambitious of these projects is Barkley L. Hendricks: Portraits at the Frick, on view through January 7, 2024. Featured as a “Critic’s Pick” by The New York Times and called “stunning” by The Wall Street Journal, the exhibition presents a powerful selection of Hendricks’s early revolutionary portraits of Black sitters, drawn from public and private collections. The fourteen monumental canvases, shown in two galleries, are meant to be considered within the broader context of the permanent collection of the Frick, which the late artist considered his favorite museum in the United States.
Also on view is the special installation Bellini and Giorgione in the House of Taddeo Contarini, which reunites for the first time in more than four hundred years the Frick’s iconic St. Francis in the Desert by Giovanni Bellini with Giorgione’s Three Philosophers, a rare loan from Vienna’s Kunsthistorisches Museum. The New York Times called it “one of the most revelatory exhibitions to hit New York in years.” While the Frick’s St. Francis will remain on view through March 3, The Three Philosophers will be displayed only through February 4, 2024. In a nearby gallery visitors can enjoy Nicolas Party and Rosalba Carriera, a remarkable site-specific mural by the Swiss-born pastel artist Nicolas Party, who was inspired by an eighteenth-century pastel portrait by Venetian Rococo artist Rosalba Carriera from the Frick’s permanent collection. Occupying three walls in the museum’s Italian galleries, the mural is presented with the Rosalba pastel and two especially created portraits by Party, who is considered the pre-eminent pastellist working today. The installation will remain on view through March 3, 2024.
Supporters of the Frick will be able to take part in a number of exclusive opportunities—including Member Appreciation Month in January (visit frick.org/calendar for full details). Free public programs and community events will be offered as well, with two Gray-Krehbiel Open Nights on Friday, December 8, 2023, and Friday, February 2, 2024. Accessibility services will be provided when available for all programs.
Friday, January 12, 2024: Gallery Conversation: Bellini and Giorgione in the House of Taddeo Contarini. Through close looking and lively discussion, explore two Italian Renaissance masterpieces by Bellini and Giorgione, on view in our special installation. Active participation is encouraged in this free, after-hours gallery program at Frick Madison.
Friday, January 19th, from 5-7pm: Sketch Night at Frick Madison ~ Enjoy the galleries and draw at your own pace during this in-person sketching program at Frick Madison. Art materials will be provided and participants will be encouraged to sketch independently in the Third Floor galleries, which feature two special presentations: Bellini and Giorgione in the House of Taddeo Contarini and Nicolas Party and Rosalba Carriera. This program is free, but online registration is required; registration includes after-hours access to selected galleries.
Friday, January 26th from 6-7pm: Gallery Conversation: Bellini and Giorgione in the House of Taddeo Contarini. Through close looking and lively discussion, explore two Italian Renaissance masterpieces by Bellini and Giorgione, on view in our special installation. Active participation is encouraged in this free, after-hours gallery program at Frick Madison.
Friday, February 2nd from 5-9pm ~ Gray-Krehbiel Open Night: Bellini and Giorgione. Take part in the final free evening at Frick Madison! Enjoy after-hours access to the galleries—including special installations Bellini and Giorgione in the House of Taddeo Contarini and Nicolas Party and Rosalba Carriera—and the Frick Art Reference Library’s reading room. The evening also includes sketching, themed talks (with assistive listening devices and American Sign Language interpretation available), live music, and complimentary refreshments from The SisterYard.
Saturday, February 10 through March 2nd, 2024 ~ Last-Look Gallery Talks. Gallery talks will be offered throughout the day on each of the final four Saturdays at Frick Madison. Frick educators will offer insights into permanent collection works including Fragonard’s Progress of Love series, Gainsborough’s The Mall in St. James’s Park, and El Greco’s Purification of the Temple, as well as the special installation Nicolas Party and Rosalba Carriera.
Read more about breaking ground and the extensive renovation at The Frick Collection, 1 East 70th Street, NYC.
Taking a look back ~ Frick Madison.