From an Ancient Egyptian harp and Ghanaian drum to Stradivari violins, a theremin, and even a vuvuzela, the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s newly reopened musical instrument galleries run the gamut of the institution’s global historical collections. After almost two years of renovations and curatorial rethinking, The Art of Music combines disparate instruments the world over, grouping them by time period and type, rather than dividing them into the cultures by which they were created.
Located on the second floor of the museum, the galleries begin with an introduction of sorts, a massive explosion of horns called “Fanfare.” Centered around a sacred conch and featuring animal horns, trumpets, an Indian karana, and that most hated of World Cup noisemakers, the vuvuzela, “Fanfare” includes 74 instruments in all, spanning 2,000 years and five continents.
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