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Cubism: The Leonard A. Lauder Collection | Braque, Gris, Leger, Picasso | October 20, 2014–February 16, 2015

Cubism:
The Leonard A. Lauder Collection

About the Exhibition

Cubism, the most influential art movement of the early twentieth century, still resonates today. It destroyed traditional illusionism in painting and radically changed the way we see the world. The Leonard A. Lauder Collection, unsurpassed in its holdings of Cubist art, is now a promised gift to the Museum. On the occasion of this exhibition, the Collection is being shown in public for the first time—eighty-one paintings, collages, drawings, and sculpture by the four preeminent Cubist artists: Georges Braque (French, 1882–1963), Juan Gris (Spanish, 1887–1927), Fernand Léger (French, 1881–1955), and Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881–1973).

See the New York Times article (April 9, 2013) about the promised gift.

Accompanied by an Audio Guide

#Cubism


"Enjoy and take stock of one of the most transformative gifts in the museum's gift-laden history."—New York Times

"Stupefying, heart-quickening and overpowering"—Guardian

"A Fantasy Come True"—The Wall Street Journal


The exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.


Image above: Fernand Léger. Composition (The Typographer), 1918–19. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Promised Gift from the Leonard A. Lauder Cubist Collection © 2014 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris. Image at right: Pablo Picasso. Nude in an Armchair, summer 1909. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Promised Gift from the Leonard A. Lauder Cubist Collection © 2014 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. "The Collection" image below: Juan Gris. Pears and Grapes on a Table (detail), autumn 1913. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Promised Gift from the Leonard A. Lauder Cubist Collection. "Related Videos" image below: Leonard A. Lauder. Photograph by Jackie Neale. "Leonard A. Lauder Research Center for Modern Art" image below: The Lauder residence, New York. Photograph by Juan Trujillo. "A Closer Look" image below: Juan Gris. Book and Glass (detail), 1914. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Promised Gift from the Leonard A. Lauder Cubist Collection