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Met Museum Delays Plans to Build $600 Million Modern and Contemporary Art Wing

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is postponing plans for a $600 million southwest wing dedicated to modern and contemporary art, according to the New York Times’ Robin Pogrebin. The institution’s original aim was to have the new wing ready for its 150th anniversary in 2020.

The director of the Met, Thomas P. Campbell, said the museum was “baking these long-term projects into a responsible master plan that matches our capacity with our ambition.” A $10 million deficit, despite record attendance last year, has led to a hiring freeze, voluntary buyouts, and layoffs, as previously reported here.

Campbell said, “We’re very confident about raising funds for this project when the time comes.” He revealed that the museum, for now, would instead be focusing on replacing the skylights and roofing system of the European paintings galleries—work that is expected to start in 2018.