From last 100 years . It is stepping into preserved rooms of the Frick Collection’s mansion on New York’s Fifth Avenue was like entering a gilded time capsule. It was both the draw of the museum, which is largely unchanged since it opened in 1935. It is one of many of the spectacular bronzes, delicate Sèvres porcelain, and even masterpieces by Goya and Rembrandt drifted uncomfortably close to decoration.
“That’s the point of a house [museum],” says the Frick’s deputy director and chief curator Xavier Salomon. “It’s wonderful in one way, and then in other ways it’s a constraint.”