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The restored Met Breuer (formerly the Whitney) has a new energy as well as a lived-in look

The restored Met Breuer (formerly the Whitney) has a new energy as well as a lived-in look

File this one under the wisdom of letting an old dog do old tricks.

In restoring Marcel Breuer's 1966 Whitney Museum building at Madison Avenue and 75th Street as a satellite venue — and a way to shore up its modern- and contemporary-art bona fides — the Metropolitan Museum of Art has figured out how and where to leave well enough alone.

Sure, not everybody is happy that the museum, in preparing to reopen a building it now calls the Met Breuer, added a dash of digital-age glitz in the form of a matte-black video board, 6 feet high and 23 feet long, to the back wall of the lobby. On the whole, though, the Met's collaboration with New York firm Beyer Blinder Belle...

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