Art lovers rejoice: New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art has a new contemporary art space

The inaugural exhibition, Unfinished: Thoughts Left Visible

The inaugural exhibition, Unfinished: Thoughts Left Visible

Housed in the landmark Breuer building (former home of the Whitney Museum of American Art) on Madison Avenue, The Met Breuer – the latest offering from the Met – is set to change the landscape of New York's contemporary art scene. The museum's focus is on integrating historic works into contemporary shows, celebrating the past in the present with spellbinding artworks from 20th- and 21st-century artists from across the globe. It is dedicated almost entirely to special exhibitions, but will also feature a mix of visual arts and performance.

Andy Warhol's Do it Yourself (Violin), part of the permanent collection at The Met Breuer

Andy Warhol's Do it Yourself (Violin), part of the permanent collection at The Met Breuer

For the inaugural season, the third and fourth floors are reserved for the show Unfinished: Thoughts Left Visible, which examines works of art that are deliberately or unintentionally incomplete and covers some of the world's greatest artists from the Renaissance period to the modern day. The exquisite collection of more than 190 pieces includes wall-to-wall masterpieces from Titian, Turner, Cézanne and Rodin, as well as modern greats such as Andy Warhol, Jackson Pollock and Gerhard Richter. Must-sees are Titian's The Flaying of Marsyas, which has not been shown in the country for 20 years; El Greco's The Vision of Saint John; Pablo Picasso's The Charnel House; Andy Warhol's Do it Yourself (Violin); Alice Neel's James Hunter Black Draftee, and Janine Antoni's Lick and Lather. Cuban artist Félix González-Torres' interactive installation Untitled (Portrait of Ross in LA), created from a 175lb pile of candy that you can help yourself to, will certainly attract the crowds.

The Met Breuer building, designed by Marcel Breuer

The Met Breuer building, designed by Marcel Breuer

Occupying the second floor is the first American exhibition devoted to the late Indian modernist Nasreen Mohamedi. This magnificent retrospective includes more than 130 drawings, paintings and photographs. Meanwhile, renowned jazz pianist Vijay Iyer takes over the Lobby Gallery on the ground floor (from 18 to 31 March), performing solo and in collaboration with other artists. 

Upcoming exhibitions include Diane Arbus: In the Beginning (12 July to 27 November), featuring rarely seen photographs by one of the most influential artists of the 20th century; and Kerry James Marshall: Mastry (25 October to 29 January 2017), a remarkable collection of contemporary paintings from one of today's most important living artists.

Exhibits in Unfinished: Thoughts Left Visible

Exhibits in Unfinished: Thoughts Left Visible

For those who need a caffeine fix, there's a pop-up café on the fifth floor, while the team behind the acclaimed Manhattan restaurant Estela plan to open Estela Breuer by this summer. When you're done, be sure to take a walk along the High Line located right next to the museum, and start planning your next trip. The Met Breuer is the kind of place you'll want to come back to again and again. 

The Met Breuer opens to the public with a three-day weekend celebration from 18 to 20 March. 945 Madison Avenue, New York; metmuseum.org

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