Philippe de Montebello Announces Retirement from the Met
Metropolitan Museum of Art Director Leaves after Thirty Years
Wednesday, January 09, 2008
New York, NY –
Philippe de Montebello, spent thirty years as the head of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He announced late yesterday that he was leaving his position as the museum's director. Under his reign, the number of visitors expanded to 4.6 million last year, making it the city’s most popular tourist destination.
The museum's endowment doubled, its collection expanded, and major galleries were renovated. Richard Hake spoke with art critic Lee Rosenbaum about how he did it and what de Montebello's legacy will be.