Philip Morris World Headquarters Dining Room


Cityscape cycle–paintings which depict a 360 degree view of New York City`s skyline. Originally displayed in the employee dining room of the Philip Morris headquarters in 1982, Haas tells us his goal was to bring the building`s stunning views to everyone. “When I was shown the sub-basement area allocated for the cafeteria I immediately thought of the executive lounges at the top of the building and what great views they had by comparison…I went to the Lincoln Building next door and took 360 degree photos.” The original twenty-two paintings, which show a simplified view of the skyline at sunset, were donated to New-York Historical in 2008 by Altria (formerly the Philip Morris Company). Given that the paintings were commissioned in 1982, visitors will notice something sadly missing from the skyline: the Twin Towers. But Haas says the towers add to the context of the paintings: “The twin towers dominated the view of lower Manhattan at that time as much as the Empire State dominated the foreground.”

Installed, 1982
Removed, 2007


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