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Met Museum a great institution in decline?

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is now struggling with missteps and the perils of overreaching at a time of uncertain resources

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Critics accuse Thomas Campbell, the Met's director and chief executive since 2008, of doing too much too fast: overhiring in the digital department; overspending on an additional building, the Met Breuer. However, most agree that the museum's expansive collections and ambitious exhibitions remain strong.

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Critics accuse Thomas Campbell (above), the Met's director and chief executive since 2008, of doing too much too fast: overhiring in the digital department; overspending on an additional building, the Met Breuer. However, most agree that the museum's expansive collections and ambitious exhibitions remain strong.

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Critics accuse Thomas Campbell, the Met's director and chief executive since 2008, of doing too much too fast: overhiring in the digital department; overspending on an additional building, the Met Breuer, (above). However, most agree that the museum's expansive collections and ambitious exhibitions remain strong.

New York

THE bad news had been building for months at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Even as crowds poured into shows on Hellenistic kingdoms and high-tech fashion, the Met's deficit was approaching US$40 million and had forced the buyout or layoff of some 90 employees. An

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