Frick Madison is the temporary home of The Frick Collection, presenting a substantial gathering of highlights from the permanent collection organized chronologically and by region. It also offers a reading room with access to the resources of the Frick Art Reference Library. Frick Madison opened in March 2021 and will house the Frick’s collections and staff during the renovation of its historic buildings on East 70th Street.
The temporary home of The Frick Collection is now open to the public.Frick Madison
945 Madison Avenue at 75th Street Days: Thursday through Sunday
Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
A reading room is available by appointment for researchers and others seeking access to the rich art historical resources of the Frick Art Reference Library.
- General admission tickets must be reserved online in advance of your visit.
- Members may reserve free tickets online and enjoy a separate expedited entry.
- Admission to the reading room is free and by appointment only.
|Thursday||10 a.m. to 6 p.m.|
|Friday||10 a.m. to 6 p.m.|
|Saturday||10 a.m. to 6 p.m.|
|Sunday||10 a.m. to 6 p.m.|
|MUSEUM ADMISSION TICKETS||PRICE|
|Visitors with disabilities||$17|
|College students (with I.D.)||$12|
|Youth (ages 10–17)||$12|
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Health and Safety
The health and safety of our visitors is of the utmost importance, and all measures in place are in keeping with federal guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and New York State and City.
- The occupancy of the museum’s galleries is capped at 25%.
- Face coverings are required and must be worn by all visitors and staff.
- Social distancing is strictly enforced.
- The coat check is closed until further notice. Visitors are not allowed to carry oversized items into the galleries.
- Visitors may enhance their experience with a new curator-led audio guide available on the Bloomberg Connects app, using their own phones rather than borrowed devices. This free mobile guide, launched in June 2020, is available now and updated monthly with new content.
- A printed guide is available free of charge.
Shop and Café
- The Shop is open in the Lobby during museum hours as well as online.
- A light menu of refreshments and snacks provided by Joe Coffee is available on the lower level of the Breuer building during museum hours. The café offers limited-capacity indoor seating, as well as additional tables and chairs outdoors.
“We are thrilled that the public will be able to continue to enjoy these great works of art during the renovation and enhancement of our permanent home at 1 East 70th Street, a time when they otherwise would be inaccessible. Audiences will be able to experience the collection reframed in an exciting new way. The minimalism of Marcel Breuer’s mid-century architecture will provide a unique backdrop for our Old Masters, and the result will be a not-to-be-missed experience, one that our public is sure to find engaging and thought-provoking”—Ian Wardropper, Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Director
The installation is organized by the Frick’s curatorial team, led by Xavier F. Salomon, Deputy Director and Peter Jay Sharp Chief Curator, with Curator Aimee Ng, incoming Assistant Curator Giulio Dalvit, and former Curator of Decorative Arts Charlotte Vignon, now director of the Musée National de Céramique in Sèvres, France. The plan has been created in consultation with the Frick’s longtime exhibition designer Stephen Saitas and Selldorf Architects, the firm responsible for the institution’s building project.
Major support for the installation is provided by Bloomberg Philanthropies, Denise Littlefield Sobel, an anonymous gift in memory of Melvin R. Seiden, The Christian Humann Foundation, and by David and Julie Tobey. Additional funding is generously provided by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, Acquavella Family Foundation, The Arthur F. and Alice E. Adams Charitable Foundation, Larry Gagosian, Drue and H.J. Heinz II Charitable Trust, the Malcolm Hewitt Wiener Foundation, The Honorable and Mrs. Earle Mack, The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, Joanne Payson in memory of John Whitney Payson, Fabrizio Moretti, the David L. Klein, Jr. Foundation, Elizabeth F. Stribling and Guy Robinson, Eiko and Michael Assael, Christie’s, Elise Frick, Hubert and Mireille Goldschmidt, Jane Richards in honor of Elizabeth M. Eveillard, and Sotheby’s.
More About the Frick Reframed
New Perspectives on Old Masters
The Frick Madison installation will be presented across three floors of the Breuer building, with paintings, sculptures, and decorative arts organized by time period, geographic region, and media. Highlighting strengths in particular schools and genres, the display will present the collection in galleries dedicated to Northern European, Italian, Spanish, British, and French art, setting the stage for rooms dedicated exclusively to works by individual artists, including Vermeer, Rembrandt, and Van Dyck. “Through fresh juxtapositions we will present our masterpieces in a completely different light, revealing unexpected relationships between subjects, artists, and media,” states Salomon. “For example, the Frick’s small but significant group of Spanish paintings, by artists from El Greco to Goya, will be shown together for the first time. The opportunity to deconstruct and re-present our collection in this way offers an invaluable learning experience that will enrich our understanding and enjoyment of the collection while we are at Frick Madison, as well as when we return to the domestic setting of 1 East 70th Street.”
Rarely Displayed Works of Fine and Decorative Arts
At Frick Madison all fourteen paintings of Fragonard’s Progress of Love series will be displayed together for the first time in the Frick’s history, including three panels that have been in storage much of the time since Mr. Frick purchased the set for his home in 1915. The series will be displayed to reflect its history, as it was created during two distinct campaigns, twenty years apart. The initial four canvases (1771–72) will be shown in a gallery adjacent to a room that displays the later ten canvases (ca. 1790–91), a temporary arrangement that has never been possible in the Frick mansion. The installation will focus renewed attention on less familiar areas of the collection, including two seventeenth-century Mughal carpets, one of which is an especially rare and remarkable example. Removed from the mansion’s domestic setting and thereby freed of the reminder of their practical function, these carpets will be hung on the walls like paintings, a display in keeping with their status as works of art of the highest quality. In the same manner, the installation will feature display areas and rooms dedicated by medium to significant works of French furniture, Asian and European porcelain, Renaissance bronze figures, portrait medals, French enamels, and important European clocks. This mode of presentation will offer fresh insights into the breadth of decorative arts acquired by Henry Clay Frick and subsequent acquisitions made by the museum’s Trustees.
The Frick Reframed in an Unexpected Setting
The approach of the installation also pays respect to the forms and materials employed by Breuer in this 1960s building, which was designed to house the Whitney Museum of American Art. Celebrated for his work in stone and concrete, the Hungarian-born architect was awarded this prestigious commission at the height of his career, aiming to provide a monumental sanctuary for art in a city known for constant change. Considered one of the most iconic mid-century modern buildings in New York, the Brutalist work, with its dramatic inverted form, suggests a very different museum experience than that offered by the Frick’s century-old Beaux Arts mansion on Fifth Avenue. The curatorial team views this as an opportunity to experience the Breuer’s space anew as well. Juxtapositions of the Frick’s masterpieces shown against a backdrop of distinct architectural features—such as Breuer’s signature angled windows—will celebrate the structure in new ways. Heeding the building’s modernist principles of minimalism, harmony, and elegance, the exhibition design does not impose contrasting period rooms or residential elements onto the space. Instead, the materials used by Breuer are permitted to speak for themselves (having been beautifully restored by Beyer Blinder Belle for the building’s recent incarnation as The Met Breuer).
The Frick’s plan employs a flow of larger and smaller gallery spaces that reflect the museum’s traditional emphasis on intimate encounters with masterpieces. Throughout this alternative Frick experience, visitors will enjoy numerous contemplative opportunities with both art and architecture. And, in keeping with the Frick’s display philosophy, the new Frick Madison presentation will allow direct access to art without the interference of vitrines and stanchions.