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The Met celebrates 150 years

The anniversary will see new art, exhibitions and displays at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Established in 1870, The Metropolitan Museum of Art is celebrating 150 years in 2020. Key components of the year-long celebration include major gifts of art from around the world; exhibitions and displays that will examine art, history, and culture through spectacular objects; and dynamic programs that will engage The Met’s local and global communities.

The centrepiece of The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s 150th anniversary celebration will be the exhibition Making The Met, 1870–2020. On view from 30 March to 2 August 2020, the presentation is a museum-wide collaboration that will lead visitors on an immersive, thought-provoking journey through The Met’s history. Featuring 250 works of art, the exhibition will have an audio guide and will be accompanied by a catalogue.

The anniversary will also see the opening of the Museum’s newly built Annie Laurie Aitken Galleries and Josephine Mercy Heathcote Gallery. Here over 1,000 square metres will house almost 700 works of British decorative arts, design, and sculpture created between 1500 and 1900.

The Museum has received hundreds of exceptional works from generous collectors and supporters in honour of the 150th anniversary, ranging from important individual objects to large collections. These gifts and promised gifts will be displayed in galleries at The Met Fifth Avenue, The Met Breuer, and The Met Cloisters, and will be identified by special red labels.

The Met Store will be offering a new line of products based on the winning submissions from The Met 150 Design Contest, where six winners were selected by a panel of esteemed judges. All revenue from sales will go to support The Met’s education projects. The anniversary year will also see the launch of a video series, where the public will share their personal stories of the museum, and the release of a limited-edition print portfolio created by select contemporary artists.

To find out more about The Met’s anniversary celebrations, visit their website or search social media under the hashtag #Met150.

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