Cubism: The Leonard A. Lauder Collection
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
October 20, 2014 – February 20, 2015
On October 20, The Metropolitan Museum of Art will present the most important exhibition in over 30 years of the most well-known Cubists, including Georges Braque, Juan Gris, Fernand Léger, and Pablo Picasso. The exhibition will contain 79 paintings, works on paper, and sculpture: 17 by Braque, 14 by Gris, 15 by Léger, and 33 by Picasso – each piece tying to the invention and development of Cubism – as an addition to papier collé by Juan Gris and a display of Fernand Léger’s Contrasts in Forms.
Within the last 40 years, Leonard Lauder has collected the Cubist pieces. Because they have been kept privately since they were acquired, this exhibition will mark the very first time they are shown to the public. He continues to add to the collection, focusing his pieces on “quality, focus, and depth.” In coordination with the gift of the Cubist pieces, Lauder is helping the Metropolitan establish a new research center for scholarships, documentation, and new ways to study Cubism.
In coordination with Mr. Lauder’s announcement of the gift of the Cubist works, the Metropolitan Museum, with support from a group of trustees and supporters, including Mr. Lauder, has established a new research center for modern art, housed at the Metropolitan. The Leonard A. Lauder Research Center for Modern Art will serve as a center for scholarship, archival documentation and collections, and innovative approaches to studying the history of Cubism, its origins and influence. The Center has been envisioned by Mr. Lauder as a means to transform the presence of modern art at the Metropolitan in dialogue with its encyclopedic collections. With its own dedicated two-year fellowships—with two new recipients arriving each year—the Center will also sustain focused research on all aspects of modernism, the Leonard A. Lauder Collection and the Metropolitan Museum’s growing holdings of early and mid-20th-century art.
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