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May 19, 2017

Mark Ryden: The Art of Whipped Cream

Exhibition to Open May 19 at The Metropolitan Opera House

American Ballet Theatre presents Mark Ryden: The Art of Whipped Cream, an exhibition of work by pop-surrealist Mark Ryden, on view in the Arnold and Marie Schwartz Gallery Met at the Metropolitan Opera House, May 19-July 8, 2017.  The exhibition, organized by the Paul Kasmin Gallery, features drawings, sketches and paintings created for American Ballet Theatre’s new production of Whipped Cream.

Choreographed by ABT Artist in Residence Alexei Ratmansky, Whipped Cream features Ryden’s fantastical set and costume designs, including a Viennese pastry shop and confectionary-themed characters.  Whipped Cream is based on the two-act ballet with libretto and score by Richard Strauss, originally created as Schlagobers and performed at the Vienna State Opera in 1924.

American Ballet Theatre’s production of Whipped Cream will receive its New York Premiere at the Metropolitan Opera House on Monday, May 22.  The ballet will be given 12 performances, May 22-24 and June 26-July 1.  Whipped Cream has been generously underwritten with leadership support from Hamilton E. James and the Blavatnik Family Foundation.

The Arnold and Marie Schwartz Gallery Met is located in the south lobby of the Metropolitan Opera House, 30 Lincoln Center Plaza. It is open Monday-Friday,10:00am-2:00pm and 6:00pm through the last intermission; Saturday, noon through the last intermission; and Sunday, 11:00am-4:00pm.  Admission to the gallery is free.

American Ballet Theatre’s 2017 Metropolitan Opera House season continues through July 8, 2017.  Tickets, beginning at $22, are available online, at the Met box office or by phone at 212-362-6000. For more information, visit ABT’s website at

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