Met plans to reopen flagship building on 29 August after five-month shutdown

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art says it plans to reopen its flagship building on Fifth Avenue on 29 August after a five-month shutdown with two new exhibitions that had been deferred because of its closing in response to the coronavirus in mid-March.

A firm date has not been set for reopening the Met Cloisters in Washington Heights, the museum says, but it anticipates that it will open in September. The Met Breuer on Madison Avenue will not reopen. The Met had in any case been planning to vacate the Breuer, owned by the Whitney Museum of Art, in July in preparation for handing it over to the Frick Collection as a temporary viewing space during the Fricks planned renovation and expansion.

Given the Mets influential status, the reopening is expected to prompt several other New York museums to follow suit. All of that is contingent, however, on New York City entering Phase 4 of its gradual reopening, which would finally allow cultural institutions, movie theaters, gyms and amusement parks to welcome visitors. On Monday, the city embarked on Phase 2, which allowed offices to reopen, permitted outdoor dining and limited shopping in stores, and gave the green light for hair salons and real estate offices to resume business.

“The safety of our staff and visitors remains our greatest concern,” says Daniel Weiss, the Mets president and chief executive, in a statement. “We are eagerly awaiting our reopening as, perhaps now more than ever, the museum can serve as a reminder of the power of the human spirit and the capacity of art to bring comfort, inspire resilience, and help us better understand each other and the world around us.”

The Fifth Avenue building will reopen with Making The Met, 1870–2020, a show keyed to the 150th anniversary of its founding that features more than 250 works evoking pivotal moments in the evolution of the museum. Also opening on 29 August is Jacob Lawrence: The American Struggle, which reunites many of the 30 panels the artist painted in the 1950s for a series tracing the theme of anxious striving across the nations history. Both shows were deferred by the museums shutdown.

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