As the Metropolitan of Museum of Art will close the Met Breuer in 2020, the New York museum announced a series of upcoming contemporary installations in its Fifth Avenue flagship building. (AFP/Angela Weiss)
As the Metropolitan of Museum of Art will close the Met Breuer in 2020, the New York museum announced a series of upcoming contemporary installations in its Fifth Avenue flagship building.
On Thursday, the Met announced that contemporary artist Wangechi Mutu has been commissioned to create sculptures for The Met's Fifth Avenue façade niches. This will be the first time that art will be on display on the museum's exterior, inaugurating a new annual artist commission series.
Additionally, Kent Monkman will create new paintings for the Museum's Great Hall and Ragnar Kjartansson will debut a video installation in the Robert Lehman Wing atrium this spring.
In a statement, the Met's director, Max Hollein, said that "these projects are a manifestation of The Met's desire and ability to collaborate with artists and current artistic production in an unusual way." He added, "The Met itself, the building, and its public spaces will become temporary platforms for presenting new work, offering powerful opportunities to display contemporary art for our broad audience to experience."
On May 30, Kjartansson will premiere "Death is Everywhere", a seven-channel video installation featuring music, poetry and landscape into an immersive environment. It will be on view from May 30 through September 2.
The sculptures of Kenyan-American artist Wangechi Mutu -- whose artworks often explore questions of cultural trauma and environmental destruction -- will be displayed from September 9, 2019 to January 12, 2020.
Monkman's paintings will be on view in the Met's Great Hall from December 19, 2019, to April 12, 2020. Sheena Wagstaff, chairman for modern and contemporary art at the Met, revealed to the New York Times that the artworks will "deal with that sense of arrival that any visitor has when they step over the threshold and into the Great Hall."