The Frick Collection

Posted on: December 23rd, 2011

Visitors to The Frick Collection in New York are usually greeted by the same spaces and well established displays, but that has all changed! The Frick has recently opened a new gallery, the first major addition to the museum’s space in nearly thirty-five years!

Whilst a change at the Frick may seem alarming, the gallery was actually originally planned in 1914 by the founder Henry Clay Frick. However, it was postponed in 1917 following the United States entry into World War I and left unfinished after Frick’s death. More recently, when renowned porcelain collector Henry H. Arnhold offered a gift to the Frick, the idea was revisited to make an additional gallery to suitably display the works. The new gallery opened mid-December with an exhibition of works drawn from Arnhold’s gift of 131 pieces of Meissen porcelain. The gallery is also to be the permanent home to Houdon’s Diana, which is back on display after a five-year absence due to technical studies.