Lauder’s Billion Dollar Gift to the Met


Woman in an Armchair
Pablo Picasso 1913


The cosmetic giant and philanthropist, Leonard Lauder, has promised his $1 billion Cubist collection to the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Scholars say the collection is among the world’s greatest, as good as, if not better than, the renowned Cubist paintings, drawings and sculptures in institutions like the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg and the Pompidou Center in Paris. Together they tell the story of a movement that revolutionized Modern art and fill a glaring gap in the Met’s collection, which has been notably weak in early-20th-century art.

“In one fell swoop this puts the Met at the forefront of early-20th-century art,” Thomas P. Campbell, the Met’s director, said. “It is an unreproducible collection, something museum directors only dream about.”

-NY Times

Read more about the collection here.


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