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The Met Breuer in the daytime on a sunny cloudless day. The building is an inverted pyramid made of concrete.

The Met Breuer, 2016–2020

On March 18, 2016, The Metropolitan Museum of Art opened The Met Breuer, its new space dedicated to modern and contemporary art. Housed in the landmark building designed originally by the great Bauhaus architect Marcel Breuer, The Met Breuer enabled visitors to engage with the art of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries through the global breadth and historical reach of The Met's unparalleled collection and resources through a range of exhibitions, commissions, performances, and artist residencies.

After four years, the Museum has now permanently closed its Breuer location. The Frick Collection will take over the building during the upgrade and renovation of its museum space at 1 East 70th Street.

In celebration of the past four years, we invite you to explore The Met Breuer's architectural history, before and during its life as The Met's modern and contemporary satellite, as well as a comprehensive listing of all past exhibitions and events.


Meet the building

Experience the architect Marcel Breuer's landmark 1966 creation and iconic sculpture through articles, publications, videos, and audio.


Dive into reflections about the building's history as a work of architectural sculpture and groundbreaking exhibition space.

How do you say goodbye to a building? Remembering four busy years at The Met Breuer

Executive Producer Nina Diamond reflects fondly on the remarkable building's time as The Met Breuer, and invites curators to speak to relationships between their exhibition designs and the architecture.

Related: Read more Breuer posts from our blogs

Marcel Breuer: Bauhaus Tradition, Brutalist Invention

Read our free online Bulletin dedicated to a visual history of the building commission and conservation, as well as the artistic journey of its architect, from Bauhaus-educated furniture designer to world-renowned architect.

Related: Discover more Breuer publications by The Met


Take a virtual tour and immerse yourself both inside and outside the building's sculptural spaces.

Breuer's Art of Space—Explore an Architectural Icon

Hear from insiders, experts, and even Breuer himself as you take a virtual tour through the building's history and The Met's renovation, with excerpts from The Met Breuer Architecture Tour podcast.

The Met 360° Project: The Met Breuer

Enjoy a 360° perspective: scan up the jagged facade to the trapezoidal window with clouds above, or hover inside the entrance lobby over the sunken garden courtyard.

Listen to a podcast that tours you through the building, below, or follow along with this illustrated blog post.


Explore past exhibitions

Browse all thirty-one past modern and contemporary exhibitions online and discover related content, including gallery walkthroughs, artist interviews, blogs, Primers, Audio Guides, and exhibition catalogues.

2020 exhibitions

From Géricault to Rockburne: Selections from the Michael and Juliet Rubenstein Gift

January 29–March 12, 2020 (Intended closing date March 29, 2020)

Gerhard Richter: Painting After All

March 4–March 12, 2020 (Intended closing date July 5, 2020)

2019 exhibitions

Lucio Fontana: On the Threshold

January 23–April 14, 2019

Siah Armajani: Follow This Line

February 20–June 2, 2019

Home Is a Foreign Place: Recent Acquisitions in Context

April 9, 2019–March 12, 2020 (Intended closing date June 21, 2020)

Phenomenal Nature: Mrinalini Mukherjee

June 4–September 29, 2019

Oliver Beer: Vessel Orchestra

July 2–August 11, 2019

Vija Celmins: To Fix the Image in Memory

September 24, 2019–January 12, 2020

2018 exhibitions

Leon Golub: Raw Nerve

February 6–May 27, 2018

Odyssey: Jack Whitten Sculpture 1963–2017

September 6–December 2, 2018

Everything Is Connected: Art and Conspiracy

September 18, 2018–January 6, 2019

Julio Le Parc 1959

December 4, 2018–February 24, 2019

2017 exhibitions

Marisa Merz: The Sky Is a Great Space

January 24–May 7, 2017

Marsden Hartley's Maine

March 15–June 18, 2017

Lygia Pape: A Multitude of Forms

March 21–July 23, 2017

Ettore Sottsass: Design Radical

July 21–October 8, 2017

Delirious: Art at the Limits of Reason 1950–1980

September 13, 2017–January 14, 2018

Modernism on the Ganges: Raghubir Singh Photographs

October 11, 2017–January 2, 2018

Edvard Munch: Between the Clock and the Bed

November 15, 2017–February 4, 2018

Provocations: Anselm Kiefer at The Met Breuer

December 13, 2017–April 8, 2018

2016 exhibitions

Nasreen Mohamedi

March 18–June 5, 2016

Unfinished: Thoughts Left Visible

March 18–September 4, 2016

Tatsuo Miyajima: Arrow of Time (Unfinished Life)

April 19–September 25, 2016

A new light-based installation by Japanese artist Tatsuo Miyajima, Arrow of Time (Unfinished Life), was created to accompany The Met Breuer's inaugural exhibition Unfinished: Thoughts Left Visible. The work takes its title from a concept popularized by British astronomer Sir Arthur Stanley Eddington in the late 1920s. "Time's arrow" describes the irreversibility of time, the very concept that Miyajima's installation enacts through the use of approximately 250 digital light-emitting diode (LED) counters.

Diane Arbus: In the Beginning

July 12–November 27, 2016

Humor and Fantasy—The Berggruen Paul Klee Collection

September 1, 2016–January 2, 2017

Kerry James Marshall: Mastry

October 25, 2016–January 29, 2017

Kerry James Marshall Selects

October 25, 2016–January 29, 2017

Marshall draws on 40 works from The Met collection, ranging from the Northern Renaissance to French post-Impressionism, and from African masks to American photography of the 1950s and '60s, underscoring the global and historical nature of the influences that are predominant in his practice.

Met Department collaborations: Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas, European Painting, Drawings & Prints, American Wing, Photographs


Enjoy past events and performances

Experience four seasons of MetLiveArts exhibition-related and site-specific events and performances at The Met Breuer.

2019–2020 season

Oliver Beer: Vessel Orchestra

Oliver Beer: Vessel Orchestra

  • Performance dates: July 2–August 11, 2019
  • First sound-based installation at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Co-curation by MetLiveArts and Department of Modern & Contemporary Art
  • The New Yorker wrote that Vessel Orchestra "may be the most eccentric and original keyboard instrument in the history of Western music."
  • Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Oliver Beer: Vessel Orchestra

2017–2018 season

Theater of the Resist                                             


Watch a panel discussion about the performance series, moderated by Nicole Fleetwood, Associate Professor, Department of American Studies, Rutgers University. Panelists include Lifers Group members Maxwell Melvins, president, and rapper Picard "Original" Galette.

Eiko Otake A Body in Places: The Met Breuer Edition 

Gallim's (C)arbon




Theater of the Resist

  • Performance dates: June 23–Aug 12, 2017
  • Staged on the fifth floor, black box theatre-style
  • Co-organized by MetLiveArts and political journalist and musician Kali Holloway
  • Brought more than forty singers, dancers, comedians, filmmakers, thought leaders to The Met Breuer over seven weekends. Opening the series, Egyptian political comedian, Bassem Youssef along with performers: Helga Davis, Zebra Katz, Davóne Tines, Mazz Swift and Sidra Bell Dance

Eiko Otake A Body in Places: The Met Breuer Edition

  • Performance dates: Nov. 12, 2017
  • Site-Specific, durational dance work
  • Part of Otake's ongoing work A Body in Places
  • The performances took place across all three Met Museum locations: Met Fifth Ave, Met Breuer, and Met Cloisters

Gallim's (C)arbon

  • Performance dates: May 18–24, 2018
  • Part of the 2017–18 Artist in Residence, Andrea Miller, season
  • First choreographer to be named MetLiveArts Artist in Residence
  • Over six days of performances, and six days of rehearsals, nearly 6,000 visitors
    witnessed this dance installation
  • Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Like Life: Sculpture, Color, and the Body

* Chef Yotam Ottolenghi's Feast of India

2016–2017 season

Netherlands Dans Theatre: Shutters Shut

David Lang's The Little Match Girl Passion

Netherlands Dans Theatre: Shutters Shut 

David Lang's The Little Match Girl Passion

  • Performance dates: Dec. 20, 2016
  • Site-specific performance of David Lang's Pulitzer winning work The Little Match Girl Passion
  • Fully staged and directed by mutli-Tony Award-nominated director Rachel Chavkin
  • Staged in the lobby of The Met Breuer.

2015–2016 season

TEDxMet: The In-Between                                         

The text "TEDx" appears in red and the text "Met" appears in white, sandwiched between two red lines against a black backdrop

Taking place at the Breuer during its renovation, artists, writers, scientists, performers, and Met curators give a series of talks around the theme of the in-between.

John Luther Adams's Soundwalk 9:09    

View the event page to listen to audio recordings by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Luther Adams.

David Dorfman's Dance in the Sunken Garden

Relation: A Performance Residency by Vijay Iyer

Karlheinz Stockhausen's KLANG               

TEDxMet: The In-Between

  • Event dates: Sept. 26, 2015
  • First program taking place at Breuer building, while still under construction
  • The Met Breuer was considered the event's main stage, while other speakers at The Met Fifth Avenue were in Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium
  • Speakers included:
    - Ian Alteveer, Curator, Looking at images that are hard to see
    - Ken Applebaum, TEDxMet open call winner, Defending life (and art) by becoming a superhero
    - Bryan BedfordStudent, Musician, The in-between of a teenager
    - Kim Benzel, Curator, Our collective history in peril
    - Dawoud Bey, Artist, Art begins with an idea
    - Jennifer Finney Boylan, Author and Professor, A transgender path home
    - Doug Eklund, Curator, Let's rescue our imaginations 
    - Susan Fales-Hill, Author, In praise of complexity
    - Robin Goland, Endocrinologist, Type 1 Diabetes: from Cubism to a Cure
    - Ricky Jackson, Art lover, activist, and exoneree, Finding freedom in an art museum
    - Sandra Jackson-Dumont, Art educator, The fear of being found out
    - Sharon Olds, Poet, The poetry of the in-between
    - Jonathan Rose, Environmentalist and Real Estate Developer, Building balance in our cities
    - Leanne Shapton, Artist and Author, The Interregnum Series
    - Jerry Strauss, TEDxMet Open Call Winner, Giving my father back his name
  • Performances included:
    - Dance performance by Amar Ramasar
    - Musical performance of With a blue dress on performed by Sarah Goldfeather and composed by Julia Wolfe
    - Musical performance of Mamas by Isabella Rossellini, Actress, Model, and Filmmaker
    - Musical performance of Dark Full Ride by Talujon House Band
    - Musical performance of Punk Inuit by throat singer Tanya Tagaq
    - Theatrical performance of The Civilians Theater Company by Irena Sofia Lucio

John Luther Adams's Soundwalk 9:09

  • Available for download beginning March 10, 2016
  • New work by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Luther Adams, commissioned by MetLiveArts to celebrate the opening of The Met Breuer
  • Adams' first New York City composition
  • Audio soundscape for the walk between The Met 82nd and Breuer

David Dorfman's Dance in the Sunken Garden

  • Performance dates: March 18, 2016
  • Part of the opening day celebration
  • Performance took place 6 times throughout the day
  • Site-specific work created for garden incorporating the architecture

Relation: A Performance Residency by Vijay Iyer

  • Performance dates: opened The Met Breuer, March 18–31 2016
  • Full month artist residency featuring nearly 100 performers over 30 days
  • Most performances offered throughout Museum hours, free with Museum Admission
  • Featured world premiere of a commissioned work: Cosmic Rhythm with Each Stroke with Wadada Leo Smith, which was inspired by the work of Nasreen Mohamedi (March 30 and 31 2016, Met Breuer Fifth Floor)

Karlheinz Stockhausen's KLANG

  • Performance dates: March 25 and 26, 2016
  • Took place at all three Met locations: Met Fifth Avenue, Met Breuer, and Met Cloisters
  • American premiere