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Museums & Heritage

In Pictures: an early look inside the Frick Madison

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Before the public opening on 18 March, see the startling installation of the museum's Old Masters collection in the Brutalist Breuer building

The Frick Collection is opening its doors to the press today for a viewing of its startling installation of Old Master works in the Marcel Breuer building on Madison Avenue. Formerly the home of the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Met Breuer, the 1966 building exudes a rough Brutalist aesthetic that throws the Frick’s august paintings and decorative objects into unusual relief. It is a jolting contrast from how they appeared at Henry Clay Frick’s sumptuous Gilded Age mansion, which is closed for at least two years as it undergoes a renovation and expansion. “This is a different Frick than you have ever known,” Ian Wardropper, the museum’s director, said at a virtual press session today.

Here are some highlights of the installation, which opens to the public on 18 March.

• Hear more about the new Frick display in the Breuer building with Xavier Salomon, the deputy director and chief curator of the Frick, on our podcast

Room 11: This grand gallery of Italian Renaissance paintings includes work by Veronese (back right wall) as well as Titian. Centrally located is a bronze by Francesco da Sangallo, placed atop a replica of its original base. To the left, in Room 12, are works by later Venetian masters Guardi, Tiepolo, and Carriera
The Frick Collection. Photo: Joe Coscia

This grand gallery of Italian Renaissance paintings in the Frick Madison includes work by Veronese (back right wall) as well as Titian. Centrally located is a bronze by Francesco da Sangallo, placed atop a replica of its original base. To the left are works by later Venetian masters Guardi, Tiepolo, and Carriera

Room 14: This gallery of works in bronze features statuettes, reliefs, and portrait medals
The Frick Collection. Photo: Joe Coscia

Works in bronze, including statuettes, reliefs, and portrait medals, and shown together in one gallery at the Frick Madison

The West Gallery was originally built as a picture gallery to house and display Henry Clay Frick's art collection
Photo: Michael Bodycomb

Work by Veronese and other Old Masters as they appeared in the West Gallery, a purpose-built picture gallery to house and display Henry Clay Frick's art collection on East 70th Street

Room 4: Rembrandt’s Self-Portrait (left), 1658 at Frick Madison by The Frick Collection;
The Frick Collection. Photo: Joe Coscia

Rembrandt’s Nicolaes Ruts (1631) is compared with the artist's much later Self-Portrait (1658) in a second-floor gallery at the Frick Madison

Room 20: Works by British landscape rivals Turner (right) and Constable (left) are shown in this gallery
The Frick Collection. Photo: Joe Coscia

Works by British landscape rivals Turner (right) and Constable (left) are shown side by side in the Frick Madison

Portrait of a Woman (1635) by Frans Hals hangs in the West Gallery of the Frick Collection between Joseph Mallord William Turner's Cologne: The Arrival of a Packet-Boat: Evening, (1826) and Jacob van Ruisdael's Landscape with a Footbridge, (1652)
The Frick Collection. Photo: Michael Bodycomb

Portrait of a Woman (1635) by Frans Hals as seen in the West Gallery of the Frick mansion between J.M.W. Turner's Cologne: The Arrival of a Packet-Boat: Evening (1826) and Jacob van Ruisdael's Landscape with a Footbridge (1652)

Room 5: Three of the Frick’s eight portraits by Van Dyck, as shown at Frick Madison by The Frick Collection;
The Frick Collection. Photo: Joe Coscia

Three of the Frick’s eight portraits by Van Dyck, as shown at the Frick Madison

Room 6: Vermeer’s Mistress and Maid (left) and Officer and Laughing Girl (right), as shown at Frick Madison by The Frick Collection
The Frick Collection. Photo: Joe Coscia

Vermeer’s Mistress and Maid (left) and Officer and Laughing Girl as shown at the Frick Madison

Room 2: Portraits by Hans Holbein the Younger face off at Frick Madison: Sir Thomas More (left), 1527, oil on panel, and Thomas Cromwell (right), ca. 1532–33, oil on panel, The Frick Collection
The Frick Collection. Photo: Joe Coscia

Portraits by Hans Holbein the Younger—Sir Thomas More (left) (1527) and Thomas Cromwell (right) (around 1532–33), face off at the Frick Madison

El Greco’s St. Jerome (around 1590–1600), hangs above the fireplace mantel in the Living Hall of the Frick mansion, flanked by Hans Holbein’s portraits of Sir Thomas More, left, and Thomas Cromwell, right
The Frick Collection. Photo: Michael Bodycomb

El Greco’s St. Jerome (around 1590–1600), hangs above the fireplace mantel in the Living Hall of the Frick mansion, flanked by Hans Holbein’s portraits of Sir Thomas More, left, and Thomas Cromwell, right

Room 15: This gallery features all nine Spanish paintings acquired by Henry Clay Frick. On the right wall are works by Murillo and El Greco. On the back wall is the iconic portrait King Philip IV of Spain by Velázquez
The Frick Collection. Photo: Joe Coscia

This gallery at the Frick Madison features all nine Spanish paintings acquired by Henry Clay Frick. On the right wall are works by Murillo and El Greco. On the back wall is the collection's portrait of King Philip IV of Spain by Velázquez

Room 23: 19-century French Neoclassical works are shown in this gallery, among them painted portraits by Ingres and David, and an expressive terracotta bust by Chinard in the center
The Frick Collection. Photo: Joe Coscia

19th-century French Neoclassical works are shown in this gallery at Frick Madison, among them painted portraits by Ingres and David, and an expressive terracotta bust by Chinard in the center

Ingres's portrait of Comtesse d'Haussonville in the North Hall, and Bellini's St. Francis in the Desert in the Living Hall of Henry Clay Frick's mansion
Photos: Michael Bodycomb

At Henry Clay Frick's mansion, Ingres's portrait of Comtesse d'Haussonville hanging in the North Hall, and Bellini's St Francis in the Desert in the Living Hall

Room 21: There are more paintings by Gainsborough at The Frick Collection than any other New York City museum. The wall of this Frick Madison gallery features five of the artist’s works, with his scene The Mall in St. James’s Park at center
The Frick Collection. Photo: Joe Coscia

Room 21: There are more paintings by Gainsborough at the Frick Collection than any other New York City museum. The wall of this Frick Madison gallery features five of the artist’s works, with his scene The Mall in St. James’s Park at centre

Portraits by Thomas Gainsborough—Mrs. Peter William Baker  (1781) and The Hon. Frances Duncombe (1777)—and George Romney—Henrietta, Countess of Warwick, and Her Children (1787–89)—hang in the Dining Room at the Frick Collection
The Frick Collection. Photo: Michael Bodycomb

Portraits by Thomas Gainsborough—Mrs. Peter William Baker (1781) and The Hon. Frances Duncombe (1777)—and George Romney—Henrietta, Countess of Warwick, and Her Children (1787–89)—hang in the Dining Room at the Frick Collection's East 70th Street location

Room 24: Four grand panels of Fragonard’s series The Progress of Love are shown together at Frick Madison in a gallery illuminated by one of Marcel Breuer’s trapezoidal windows. This view shows two of the 1771–72 paintings, with two later overdoors visible in the next gallery
The Frick Collection. Photo: Joe Coscia

Four grand panels of Fragonard’s series The Progress of Love are shown together at the Frick Madison in a gallery illuminated by one of Marcel Breuer’s trapezoidal windows. This view shows two of the 1771–72 paintings, with two visible in the next gallery

Room 25: Later works by Fragonard are shown in a gallery that completes the cycle. At right, a group of panels of Hollyhocks, seldom shown at the Frick, join at Frick Madison the work Reverie (around 1790–91), at left
The Frick Collection. Photo: Joe Coscia

Later works by Fragonard are shown in a gallery that completes the cycle. At right, a group of seldom-shown panels of Hollyhocks join the work Reverie (around 1790–91), left, at Frick Madison

The Frick Collection's Fragonard Room in its usual home
Photo: Michael Bodycomb

The Frick Collection's Fragonard Room at its usual home

Room 22: The Frick Collection houses more works by American-born James McNeill Whistler than by any other artist. This view shows three of four full-length portraits on display in a Frick Madison gallery
The Frick Collection. Photo: Joe Coscia

The Frick Collection houses more works by American-born James McNeill Whistler than any other artist. This view shows three of four of his full-length portraits on display at the Frick Madison

Room 7: The third-floor galleries at Frick Madison begin with three rare marble examples of Italian Renaissance portrait sculpture. By Laurana and Verrocchio, they date to the 1470s. The next room features early Italian religious painting from The Frick Collection, including works by Paolo Veneziano and Piero della Francesca
The Frick Collection. Photo: Joe Coscia

The third-floor galleries at the Frick Madison begin with three rare marble examples of Italian Renaissance portrait sculpture. By Laurana and Verrocchio, they date to the 1470s. The next room features early Italian religious paintings, including works by Paolo Veneziano and Piero della Francesca

Room 21: The Frick Collection is home to striking works of British portraiture, including paintings by Reynolds (at left and right) and Hogarth (middle)
The Frick Collection. Photo: Joe Coscia

The Frick Collection is also home to striking works of British portraiture, including paintings by Reynolds (at left and right) and Hogarth (centre)

Room 9: Two rare and infrequently displayed seventeenth-century Indian Mughal carpets from The Frick Collection occupy this gallery at Frick Madison
The Frick Collection. Photo: Joe Coscia

Two rare and infrequently displayed 17th-century Indian Mughal carpets hang on gallery walls at the Frick Madison

Room 10: A dramatic display of European and Asian porcelain (ca. 1500–ca. 1900) is featured in this Frick Madison room, reflecting deep cultural interaction in the history of the medium. Remarkable examples of eighteenth-century French furniture from The Frick Collection are also shown
The Frick Collection. Photo: Joe Coscia

A dramatic display of European and Asian porcelain (from around 1500 to around 1900) is featured in this Frick Madison room, reflecting deep cultural interaction in the history of the medium. Remarkable examples of 18th-century French furniture from the Frick Collection are also included

Room 19: In this gallery of French decorative arts, the most important clock at the Frick (at left) is shown with two pieces of royal furniture by Riesener commissioned for Marie-Antoinette. Porcelain from the Sèvres manufactory is displayed above her commode
The Frick Collection. Photo: Joe Coscia

In this gallery featuring the French decorative arts, the most important clock at the Frick (at left) is shown with two pieces of royal furniture by Riesener commissioned for Marie-Antoinette. Porcelain from the Sèvres manufactory is displayed above her commode