NYC Met Museum gets renowned $1B Cubist collection

NYC's Metropolitan Museum of Art gets renowned Cubist art collection valued at more than $1B

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NYC Met Museum gets renowned $1B Cubist collection
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FILE - This March 19, 2013 file photo showsthe exterior of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The museum announced Tuesday, April 9, 2013 cosmetics executive and philanthropist Leonard Lauder has pledged his renowned collection of Cubist works. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

NEW YORK (AP) -- New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art is getting a billion-dollar Cubist collection it says will "transform" it.

The museum announced Tuesday cosmetics executive and philanthropist Leonard Lauder has pledged his renowned collection of Cubist works.

The collection of 78 works includes pieces from Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, Juan Gris and Fernand Leger and is considered one of the most pre-eminent Cubism collections in the world. It's valued at more than $1 billion.

Museum Director Thomas Campbell says the gift is "truly transformational" and will fill in a critical area in the museum's collection.

The Lauder collection is expected to be presented in an exhibition opening in the fall of 2014.

The museum says a new research center for modern art will be created at the museum.

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