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The Lila Acheson Wallace Wing, completed in 1987. Credit Damon Winter/The New York Times

Met Plans a Gut Renovation of Its Modern Wing (By Robin Pogrebin)

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is planning to rebuild its wing for Modern and contemporary art - possibly from scratch - to create new, showcase galleries for its expanded collection from those periods, Met officials have confirmed.

Part of the first comprehensive re-examination of the museum's layout in 40 years, the planned new wing sends a powerful signal that the Met is acknowledging its shortcomings in Modern and contemporary art and stepping up its commitment to that area in order to become truly encyclopedic.

"It seemed a logical moment to really step back and think about the needs of the museum in the next 30 years," said Thomas P. Campbell, the director of the Met. "It's the Modern wing's turn to get it right."

This comes at a time when the museum world has become more competitive and others are upping their game, namely the Museum of Modern Art, which recently announced a major renovation, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, which will soon move to a hip new home downtown.


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