Visiting the exhibition 'Cubism: The Leonard A. Lauder Collection’ at the Met this morning was an uplifting experience, not only because the show tells the story of the movement that I love so much through iconic works by four of its participants: Picasso, Braque, Leger, and Gris, but also because it communicates a passion of a connoisseur. It is said that Lauder began developing his love for Cubism in elementary school, and started this immense collection, the largest of its kind in private hands and a promised gift to the Met, in 1976. Cubism, the most influential art movement of the early twentieth century, was not about cubes, but about taking apart naturalistic representations, and was the point of departure for abstract art. As my interest in material culture and the way people live, I was interested to see photographs depicting Lauder’s NYC’s apartment where the collection, which is shown in public for the first time lives along aan ambitious collection of French 18th century furniture and decorative arts.
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