Last Chance to Visit Frick Madison at Historic Breuer Building, Closing March 3, 2024

 

 

 

The Frick Madison

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.”

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Frick Madison Announces its Exhibition Schedule for Final Year before Closing March 3, 2024

 

 

 

The Frick Madison, 945 Madison Avenue, at 75th Street, NYC

The Frick Collection announces details of its final year at Frick Madison, the acclaimed temporary home of the Upper East Side museum and library, as it looks ahead to the reopening of its renovated historic buildings on East 70th Street, planned for late 2024. Following the June 2023 debut of a site-specific mural created by Nicolas Party, Frick Madison will then feature a special exhibition of portraits by Barkley L. Hendricks, opening in September. The final special presentation at Frick Madison will provide a rare opportunity for the public to view St. Francis in the Desert (ca. 1475–80) by Giovanni Bellini—one of the most iconic works from the Frick’s permanent collection and considered by many to be the finest Renaissance painting in the United States—in dialogue with Giorgione’s Three Philosophers (ca. 1508/9). Both works were owned by Venetian collector Taddeo Contarini, and this installation will mark the first time in more than four hundred years that the two masterworks, which were both displayed for decades in Contarini’s palazzo, will be presented together. Bellini and Giorgione in the House of Taddeo Contarini will be on view at Frick Madison from November 9, 2023, through February 4, 2024. Frick Madison will remain open through March 3, 2024.

Wondering what’s next for the historic Breuer Building? It was announced on June 1st that Whitney Museum sold the building to Sotheby’s for about $100 million. Sotherby’s will move into the building in 2025.

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Frick Madison to Present Major Fall Exhibition ‘The Eveillard Gift’ in October, 2022

 

 

 

Élisabeth-Louise Vigée Le Brun Head of a Woman, 1784 Pastel on faded blue paper
12 x 9 7/8 inches. Promised Gift from the Collection of Elizabeth and Jean-Marie Eveillard Photo: Joseph Coscia Jr.. Image courtesy Frick Madison.

The major fall exhibition at Frick Madison (the temporary home of The Frick Collection during renovation of its historic buildings) presents the largest and most significant promised gift of drawings and pastels in the institution’s history. Assembled by Elizabeth “Betty” and Jean-Marie Eveillard, avid collectors of drawings and pastels, the exhibition includes European works ranging in date from the end of the fifteenth century to the twentieth century and representing artists working in France, Britain, Italy, Spain, and the Netherlands. The twenty-six works include some of the couple’s finest acquisitions: eighteen drawings, five pastels, two prints, and one oil sketch. Along with preparatory figurative sketches and independent studies and portraits are two vivid landscape scenes. Artists represented come from the same schools that attracted Henry Clay Frick as a collector, many of whom are represented in the permanent collection: François Boucher, Edgar Degas, Jean-Honoré Fragonard, Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes, Thomas Lawrence, and Jean-François Millet. The gift also introduces to the museum’s holdings works by artists not previously represented, including Gustave Caillebotte, Maurice Quentin de La Tour, Jan Lievens, John Singer Sargent, and Elisabeth Vigée Le Brun.

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Frick Madison Announces Fall 2022 Installation, Olafur Eliasson and Monet

 

 

 

Claude-Oscar Monet (1840 – 1926) Vétheuil in Winter, 1878-1879oil on canvas27 in. x 35 3/8 in. (68.58 cm x 89.85 cm)Purchased by The Frick Collection, 1942.Accession number: 1942.1.146

In the fall of 2022, the Frick presents a special installation that takes inspiration from the institution’s acclaimed Diptych publication series. In conjunction with a volume focused on Claude Monet’s Vétheuil in Winter, the Frick is installing a new work created for the occasion by Olafur Eliasson (b. 1967 Denmark) alongside the Monet painting, one of the museum’s few Impressionist works. The publication, which will be released simultaneously, features a text by Eliasson and an essay by Frick Curator Emerita Susan Grace Galassi. Each book in the Diptych series, which was launched in 2018, focuses on a single work in the collection, pairing an illuminating essay by a curator with a contribution from a contemporary cultural figure.

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