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Art October, 25 2008

Three Decades of Collecting at the MET

When it comes to the museum world, changes in the top brass generate the most newsworthy excitement. This year, after a rather successful run, Phillipe de Montibello stepped down from his position as Director of the MET. In his honor the museum has mounted The Phillipe de Montibello Years: Curators Celebrate 30 Years of Acquisitions. New acquisitions shows are always fun. So, combine three decades of them, and the level of intrigue and scope of material no doubt astounds.

In this case, visitors see a small sampling from among the 84,000 new objects brought to the MET under Montibello. The NYT has a more eloquent review than we’re capable of, and a glance over the piece is highly recommended. If you’re in New York, a trip to the MET this fall will allow a nice slice of institutional history, always appreciated.

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