Secret Origins: Michelangelo at the Met

met mich 9. Michelangelo_Three Labours of Hercules_HM Queen Elizabeth II_Windsor smallIf you thought Modern Art started with Delacroix, the new exhibition Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman and Designer, opening at the Metropolitan Museum of Art November 13, will force you to reconsider. Running through February 12, the exhibition presents a stunning 128 of the artist’s drawings, three of his marble sculptures, his first painting, and his wood architectural model for a chapel vault.  “This is an exceptionally rare opportunity to experience first-hand the unique genius of Michelangelo,” said Met president Daniel H. Weiss. The exhibition will trace the life and career of Michelangelo Buonarroti (b. March 6, 1475; d. February 18, 1564), beginning with his training as a teenager in the workshop of Ghirlandaio and his earliest painting, “The Torment of Saint Anthony” (1487–88), and first known sculpture, “Young Archer” (ca. 1490). An entire gallery will be devoted to his monumental project of painting “The Last Judgment” on the Sistine Ceiling, and will include Michelangelo’s original studies for the project. Above: Michelangelo, “Three Labors of Hercules.” Drawing, red chalk; 10 11/16 x 16 5/8 inches (27.2 x 42.2 cm). Royal Collection Trust. “Copyright Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2017, www.royalcollection.org.uk.”

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Don’t Scream, Dance (Munch at the Met)

Livets dansAmong the 43 compositions, spanning six decades of creation, on view at the Met Breuer in New York from November 15 through February 4 for Edvard Munch: Between the Clock and the Bed is the 1925 oil on canvas “The Dance of Life,” measuring 142 x 208 cm. In connection with the exhibition, on December 3 conductor Leon Botstein, soprano Kirsten Chambers, and the Orchestra Now will perform Arnold Schoenberg’s operatic melodrama “Erwatung” (Expectation) at the Met’s Fifth Avenue headquarters. Painting from the collection of the Munch Museum, Oslo. EM.039. © 2017 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo © Munch Museum.

Met Museum chief: Trump decision to withdraw from UNESCO “undermines… historic role of U.S.”

By Dance Insider Staff
Copyright 2017 The Dance Insider

NEW YORK — Metropolitan Museum of New York president Daniel Weiss this morning issued the following statement criticizing U.S. president Donald Trump’s ill-advised decision to withdraw the U.S. from UNESCO, whose primary mission is preserving the world’s cultural patrimony:

“One of our most important responsibilities as museum leaders is to protect cultural heritage and promote international education. For more than half a century the Met and countless other museums have successfully partnered with UNESCO, an organization that has earned the respect of nations and communities worldwide for bringing together curators, conservators, and a range of other scholars to educate, preserve, protect, and support the intellectual and artistic traditions of our shared cultural heritage. President Trump’s decision to withdraw from UNESCO undermines the historic role of the United States as a leader in this effort and weakens our position as a strong advocate for cultural preservation. Although UNESCO may be an imperfect organization, it has been an important leader and steadfast partner in this crucial work. The Met remains deeply committed to productive engagement with UNESCO and our colleagues around the world who share this important objective.”