MET Reopening in August

May 24 2020

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Arts Newspaper has reported that the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York has deferred its reopening schedule from July to August at the earliest. There is also news that the museum has laid off 81 members of staff and is excepting a shortfall of $150m by the next fiscal year.

This is rather concerning news from one of the largest and most important museums in the world, which begs the question of how smaller museums in the US will cope. Let's hope it doesn't result in the reawakening of schemes such as the Detroit Institute of Arts adopted in 2013 to evaluate their collection for sale. 

The MET's president and CEO Daniel H Weiss is quoted in the article;

This museum is also a profound reminder of the strength of the human spirit and the power of art to offer comfort, inspiration, and community. As we endure these challenging and uncertain times, we are encouraged by looking forward to the day when we can once again welcome all to enjoy the Met's collection and exhibitions.

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