Art director

Metropolitan Museum of Art director Max Hollein outlines his vision for the future

In this week’s episode, we chat with Max Hollein, the director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, about new plans for the museum’s modern and contemporary art wing, including the appointment of architect Frida Escobedo instead. by David Chipperfield.

Like The arts journal is about to publish its annual survey of museum attendance, showing that visitors are slowly starting to return to museums after the peak of the pandemic, we ask Hollein how the view of the museum has changed following the events of the past two years.

Aref El Rayess, Untitled (1977–78) © Aref El Rayess Foundation, Aley, Mont-Liban, Courtesy: Saradar Collection

Plus, our Associate Digital Editor Aimee Dawson chats with curator Sam Bardaouil about the exhibition Beirut and the Golden Sixties: a manifesto of fragility at the Gropius Bau in Berlin.

Meret Oppenheim, My governess – My nurse – Mein Kinderädchen (1936/1967) © Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / Pro Litteris, Zürich

And in this episode’s Work of the Week, as the Menil Collection in Houston, Texas opens a major Meret Oppenheim investigation, show curator Natalie Dupêcher discusses Oppenheim’s surreal subject matter. My governess – My nurse – Mein Kinderädchen (1936): a pair of white pumps on a silver platter, tied like a hen.

Beirut and the Golden Sixties: a manifesto of fragilityGropius Bau, Berlin, until June 12.

Meret Oppenheim: My exhibition, Menil Collection, Houston, until September 18; Museum of Modern Art, New York, October 30-March 4, 2023

art week podcast by The arts journal is available every Friday on our website and all the usual places you find podcasts. This podcast is sponsored by Christie’s.