From left: a Met members' event; John Currin beside Ludovico Carracci’s The Lamentation at the Metropolitan Museum, New York. Photo by Jackie Neale/Kathryn Hurni © The Met

The Artist Project and Met Membership – a gift for art lovers

Gift a membership to America's biggest art museum, and have the world’s great artists show your loved-one around

Art lovers all know not to meddle with the grey, shin-high barriers that hold overly enthusiastic visitors to The Metropolitan Museum of Art back from the exhibits. However, they may not know about other ways to get closer to the art.

Membership to the Met, America’s largest art museum, affords your loved one an array of benefits, from exclusive access to new exhibitions, through to special, members-only tours, preview days, evening classes and receptions. Then, there’s also access to the Met’s balcony lounge and elegant roof garden bar.

And if you’re gifting a Met membership, you could make the Met’s old and new exhibits a little more meaningful and alive by pairing you gift with a copy of The Artist Project.

The book, conceived by the Met and published by Phaidon, features 20 international contemporary artists, discussing works from The Metropolitan Museum of Art's collection that spark their imagination, shed new light on art-making, museums, and the creative process. Images of the artworks appear alongside images of the contemporary artists' work, allowing readers to discover a rich web of visual connections that spans cultures and millennia.


Jeff Koons photographed at The Met for our new book The Artist Project
Jeff Koons photographed at The Met for our new book The Artist Project

There’s Jeff Koons on ancient sculpture; John Currin on Renaissance painting; Raymond Pettibon on JMW Turner; Kehinde Wiley on John Singer Sargent; Mark Bradford on Clyfford Still; George Condo on Claude Monet, and much, much more.

The book opens up older artworks, introduces readers to new painters and sculptors, and proves that the divide between ancient and modern isn’t as clear as we might think.


The Artist Project
The Artist Project

Gift wrap a copy of The Artist Project with a Met membership, and soon your loved one will be touring the Met’s galleries with some of today’s greatest talents. You can buy The Artist Project here, and sign-up for Met membership here.