Metropolitan Museum of Art: reopening of musical instrument galleries
The André Mertens Galleries for Musical Instruments at the Metropolitan Museum of Art reopened on March 22, 2018 after a two-year renovation. Redesigned and vastly improved, it features instruments from the Met’s collection spanning four millennia of musical creation, from ancient Egypt to 21st century football stadiums.
This permanent exhibition includes instruments representative of many cultures and eras as well as instruments of particular historical significance. At the entrance to the collection is an exhibition of 93 brass instruments, called “Fanfare”, with shofars, trombones, hunting horns and even a vuvuzela, all centered on a conch, the original brass blower. (“Brass” refers to producing sound by blowing with pursed lips, rather than the material.)