When we visited the Frick's secret rooms in April, there was one room we didn't see: the new gallery that was still under construction. Starting tomorrow it will be open to the public, however, and it's the first major addition to the museum's display in nearly 35 years. We're told:
The inspiration for this initiative, which involves the enclosure of the portico in the Fifth Avenue Garden, comes from the intention of museum founder Henry Clay Frick to build an addition to his 1914 mansion for his growing collection of sculpture. The project was postponed in 1917 following the United States entry into World War I and Mr. Frick died before it could be resumed.
The inaugural exhibit consists of works drawn from Henry Arnhold’s gift of 131 examples of Meissen porcelain from the early years of this Royal Manufactory’s production. Director Ian Wardropper notes that "The light-filled, enclosed portico also offers an enchanting new vista of Henry Clay Frick’s private garden, and we very much look forward to sharing all of these attributes with the public.” And maybe one day they'll share that sweet bowling alley in the basement, too.