The Frick Collection enclosed its outdoor garden to create the new Portico Gallery along upper Fifth Avenue. CREDIT: Michael Bodycomb
Henry Clay Frick, who died in 1919, always intended to build an addition to his 1914 mansion—now The Frick Collection—to house his growing collection of sculpture. The project was postponed because of World War I, and Frick died before it could be resumed. Now, almost a hundred years later, the museum has added a new display space called the Portico Gallery. The Frick worked with architecture firm Davis Brody Bond to enclose its garden portico and turn it into an indoor gallery space.
A compact 815 square feet along Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, the gallery opened with 65 examples of Meissen porcelain and two 18th-century statues by Jean-Antoine Houdon. That exhibit runs until April 29. The new space will be used for rotating art and sculpture displays.