7 Reasons Why the Met’s Michelangelo Show Was Nearly Impossible to Pull Off

artnet news | Henri Neuendorf

Want to organize a Michelangelo exhibition? Buckle up—it’s going to be a wild ride.The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s stunning survey of Michelangelo drawings (on view through February 15) required astronomical funds, years of research, drawn-out negotiations, and countless logistical hurdles.

“Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman and Designer” brings together the largest group of original Michelangelo drawings ever assembled. It includes more than 200 works from over 50 institutions and private collectors—including the Queen of England herself—and examines the central role drawing played in the development of the artist’s painting and sculpture.

But the process of putting together the show was more akin to executing a military exercise than developing an art exhibition. Below, we’ve assembled a step-by-step guide to how the Met pulled off this remarkable feat—and why it’s unlikely to ever happen again…read more