Media Alert: Frick Opens First New Gallery in Nearly 35 Years

the Portico Gallery viewed from its entrance

The Frick Collection has just opened a new gallery — the first major addition to the museum in nearly thirty-five years.  Located on the Fifth Avenue side of the historic mansion, it was created by enclosing a covered garden portico.  The Portico Gallery made its debut this week with an exhibition of early Meissen porcelain from The Arnhold Collection, selections from a promised gift.  Also on view are two works by the French Enlightenment sculptor Jean-Antoine Houdon (1740–1828).  His masterpiece Diana the Huntress has returned to view after a two-year absence during which time the life-sized terracotta was conserved and cleaned.  This iconic Frick work now finds a glorious new home in the Portico Gallery and is visible for the first time not just to the Frick’s visitors but to those outside the museum on Fifth Avenue.