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The Frick Looking Forward: Tracing the Evolution of the Museum

After 14 years as its director, Ian Wardropper looks back at his tenure at The Frick Collection and what the future might hold for one of New York’s most beloved museums


Later this year, The Frick Collection will move back into the Gilded Age mansion that has been home to one of New York’s most beloved museums since 1935. While the move is eagerly awaited, the Frick’s recent temporary residence in the Breuer building—an icon of Brutalist architecture at 945 Madison Avenue—offered visitors a chance to see its jewel-like collection of paintings and decorative arts with fresh eyes. As the Frick prepares to return to Fifth Avenue, Director Ian Wardropper discusses what he learned about the collection in its home away from home and what we can expect from the expansion and renovation project once completed. As he prepares to hand the baton to a successor, Wardropper also explores how The Frick Collection has changed during his tenure and what the future may hold for the museum.

TEFAF Talks are interactive panel discussions exploring today’s most fascinating topics in the worlds of art, antiques, and design. Paired with leading content partners, these talks showcase the knowledge of leading experts in the broader TEFAF community. This talk is presented in partnership with Apollo Magazine and moderated by Ed Behrens, editor of Apollo Magazine.


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Ed Behrens Editor, Apollo Magazine
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Ian Wardropper Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Director, The Frick Collection

Archival image of the Fifth Avenue facade of The Frick Collection, New York; photo: Michael Bodycomb