Metropolitan Museum of Art

Leonard Lauder donates US$1b in Cubist works to New York gallery

Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Photo: EPA

Cosmetics billionaire Leonard Lauder has given the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art an astonishing, collection of Cubist art that he assembled over four decades, the museum announced. The enormous gift, estimated to be worth US$1 billion, includes 78 works by Picasso, Braque, Gris, and Leger, and "will transform the museum," the gallery said.

Thursday, 11 April, 2013, 4:34am

Art professional happy with her lot

But for a chance conversation with a classmate during a summer course in Florence, Pola Antebi might never have found the path that led to her role as the Hong Kong-based head of the Chinese ceramics and works of art department at international auction house Christie's.

21 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

Magnificent Song

WHEN MARC WILSON, the director of Kansas City's Nelson-Atkins Museum, recently delivered two 11th-century hand scrolls as a loan to Taipei's National Palace Museum for a new exhibition on the Song dynasty, security was more than just tight.

14 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

Art for the masses

VINCENT Van Gogh and even the prolific Pablo Picasso might turn over in their graves if they knew what had become of their works. While the originals hang in museums or in the private homes of the wealthy, the same images can today be seen virtually everywhere - on tablecloths, postcards, coffee mugs and other such mundane objects.

3 Mar 1996 - 12:00am

Replica treasures take to the mall

FOR the curators at New York's Metropolitan Art Museum in the 1920s, William the turquoise hippo became something of an oracle.

On some days, so the story does, the faience blue features of the plump 1786 BC pottery sculpture looked their age, and it wasn't a good day for buying.

21 Jul 1994 - 12:00am