Metropolitan show pays tribute to outgoing director

NEW YORK. The Metropolitan Museum of Art is planning an exhibition to honour the imminent retirement of director, Philippe de Montebello who has led the institution for 30 years.

The show will highlight 160 major museum acquisitions selected from some 80,000 pieces that entered the collection during Mr de Montebello’s tenure. Helen Evans, the museum’s curator of Byzantine art, is editing the encyclopaedic holdings that span 17 different curatorial departments.

Highlights include Duccio di Buoninsegna’s Madonna and Child, Vermeer’s Portrait of a Young Woman, Van Gogh’s, Wheat Field with Cypresses, and Jasper Johns’s White Flag.

Mr de Montebello joined the museum as a curatorial assistant in 1963. He became director in 1977, and was also made chief executive officer in 1998. He has overseen major renovation projects including the refurbishment of the Impressionist halls and the opening of the new Greek and Roman galleries. The exhibition “The Philippe de Montebello Years” is scheduled for October.

C.P.

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