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The Metropolitan Museum of Art, cubed

The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced that Leonard A. Lauder has made a major donation of Cubist art that will transform New York’s largest museum into a major center for Cubist art. The pledged gift is comprised of 78 works, including 33 works by Pablo Picasso, 17 by Georges Braque, 14 by Juan Gris, and 14 by Fernand Léger. As part of the donation, the Metropolitan Museum will create the Leonard A. Lauder Research Center for Modern Art, which will serve as a leading center for scholarship on Cubism and modern art. According to the New York Times, the Lauder Center “will be supported by a $22 million endowment that he has helped finance along with museum trustees and supporters.” The Center promises to attract leading scholars and curators in the field, and transform the institution into a player in a field where its collections have long been sparse. The Metropolitan Museum only received its first Cubist painting in 1996.

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