Monday, February 8, 2021

The Frick Collection's New Home

 From Town and Country:

When I was a girl, I loved visiting the Frick Collection. Let Eloise roam around the Plaza Hotel—in my Sunday best, I preferred looking at the beautiful paintings in the limestone mansion on Fifth Avenue where an actual family had once lived. Much later I learned more about Vermeer, Rembrandt, Ingres, Bellini, El Greco, and the other Old Masters who were displayed on the damask walls and in wood-paneled rooms that the industrialist Henry Clay Frick had inhabited. To this day I’m a regular visitor who relishes time-­traveling back to the Gilded Age.

But for the next two years the Frick won’t be where we’ve always known it. While the museum is being upgraded by architect Annabelle Selldorf, in a $160 million renovation and expansion, its treasures will be a few blocks away, in the Frick Madison, the building Bauhaus architect Marcel Breuer designed for the Whitney Museum of American Art in the mid-1960s (and which most recently housed a satellite location for the Met). For Ian Wardropper, the Frick’s director, the move has been an opportunity, he says, “to rethink and reframe the collection.” (Read more.)


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