Met Unveils Renovation Plans for Former Whitney Museum Site

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York will overhaul the Met Breuer, the museum’s modern and contemporary art annex at the Whitney Museum of American Art’s former site, an iconic Marcel Breuer design. Before the beginning of the Met’s eight-year lease, the building’s concrete walls, stone floors, bronze fixtures, and lighting will all be renovated under the guidance of architects Beyer Blinder Belle.

The lobby level, including the lobby gallery, alongside the lower level’s dining facility and entry to the sunken garden, will all be free to the public. The museum will also create an area for art monographs—a “book bar” that Breuer originally intended for the space. The inaugural installation in the lobby gallery will be a performance installation by Vijay Iyer, who is an artist in residence.

“The Met is proud to become the steward of this iconic building and to preserve Marcel Breuer's bold vision," said Thomas P. Campbell, director and CEO of the museum.