The Frick Collection has announced that it is set to reopen to the public in early 2021 in the former site of the Whitney Museum of American Art at 945 Madison Avenue.
The temporary location, called Frick Madison, will house the Frick’s collections, programs, and staff during the renovation and expansion of its historic buildings at 1 East 70th Street.
Following a public review of the design by Selldorf Architects, the Frick is planning to break ground early in 2021, with pre-construction preparations beginning this fall. The project marks the institution’s first comprehensive renovation in eighty-five years.
Plans include new gallery spaces for the display of the permanent collection and special exhibitions; make more of the original residence accessible to the public; improve education, library, and conservation resources; and upgrade visitor amenities and accessibility throughout the museum and library.
From early 2021 through 2022, Frick Madison will present an installation of collection highlights organized for the first time chronologically and geographically. The presentation of paintings, sculptures, and decorative arts is overseen by Xavier F. Salomon, the Frick’s Deputy Director and Peter Jay Sharp Chief Curator, in conjunction with Curator Aimee Ng.
Installed in the modernist Marcel Breuer building, the presentation will focus on masterworks in the permanent collection. Frick Madison will also include a reading room with resources of the Frick Art Reference Library available to researchers as well as the general public.
For more information visit the Frick Collection’s website.
Illustration of New Frick Collection design by Selldorf Architects provided.