Philippe de Montebello

France, 1936

Philippe de Montebello was director of The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York for 31 years. He was born in Paris, studied art history at Harvard and New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts and spent almost all of his career at The Met, from 1977 as its director. In this position, he extended the museum’s collection, which now holds over two million art works from all times and places. He received the National Medal of Arts in 2002 and the National Humanities Medal in 2009. Since his retirement in 2008, he has been Fiske Kimball Professor in the History and Culture of Museums at New York University.


Philippe de Montebello on the museum vs. the iPad during the Q&A. Simulacra and the real thing.


Nexus Connect members meet with Philippe de Montebello after his 2012 Nexus Lecture.