The iconic Metropolitan Museum of Art opens its doors this week after a prolonged closure due to Covid-19.
Dan Weiss, the Met’s president and CEO, said the museum — after reopening at 25% capacity last August. The Museum is still operating at reduced capacity and hours and on a smaller-than-normal operating budget. So it’s kind of a big deal, he noted, that there are new displays of curated art on the walls. “There’s nothing like losing something you value deeply for a while to appreciate how important it is,” he said. Since the pandemic, attendance has dropped by 80 percent, down from an annual average of 7 million.
Visitors will first notice the work of artist Carol Bove –‘The séances aren’t helping on the facade’ of The Met Fifth Avenue. Bove sculpts at a large scale and in the round, without any preparatory drawings. This sculpture jets out from the museum’s empty niches and is made of contorted stainless-steel tubes and five-foot-wide reflective aluminum disks.
Other exhibitions include Goya’s Graphic Imagination, Alice Neel: People come first and A New Look at Old Masters.
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