The Frick Collection announced that it will open the doors to Frick Madison, its temporary new home, on 18 March 2021. While its historic buildings at 1 East 70th Street undergoes renovation, Frick Madison will welcome visitors in the Marcel Breuer–designed building at 945 Madison Avenue at 75th Street, formerly home to the Whitney Museum of American Art and most recently The Met Breuer.
The Frick Madison installation will be presented across three floors of the Breuer building, with paintings, sculptures, and decorative arts organized by time period, geographic region, and media. Highlighting strengths in particular schools and genres, the display will present the collection in galleries dedicated to Northern European, Italian, Spanish, British, and French art, setting the stage for rooms dedicated exclusively to works by individual artists, including Vermeer, Rembrandt, and Van Dyck. The curatorial team views this installation as an opportunity to experience the Breuer’s space anew as well. Juxtapositions of the Frick’s masterpieces shown against a backdrop of distinct architectural features—such as Breuer’s signature angled windows—will celebrate the structure in new ways.
The Frick Collection will operate Frick Madison for approximately two years. This temporary relocation enables the Frick to provide public access to its celebrated collections during a time when the museum and library would otherwise be closed. The museum will be open four days a week. Timed entry tickets will need to be purchased in advance. A reading room is available by appointment for researchers and others who use the rich art historical resources of the Frick Art Reference Library.