NYC Met Museum Gets Huge Gift
New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art announced this week that it has received one of the most significant gifts in its history—78 Cubist paintings, drawings, and sculptures, from cosmetics tycoon Leonard A. Lauder, The New York Times reports. The donated collection, which includes 33 Picassos, 17 Braques, 14 Légers, and 14 works by Gris, is valued at more than $1 billion and will start being exhibited in fall 2014.
“In one fell swoop this puts the Met at the forefront of early-20th-century art,” the Met’s director, Thomas P. Campbell, told the Times. “It’s an unreproducible collection, something museum directors only dream about.”