AXA donated America Today to The Metropolitan Museum of Art in December 2012, upholding our promise to honor the legacy of this celebrated work. Today, we encourage scholars and art enthusiasts of all ages to view the mural in its new home at one of the world’s foremost cultural institutions, where it will be protected, studied and enjoyed by millions of people in perpetuity.
[Thomas Hart Benton (American, 1889–1975), Instruments of Power from America Today, 1930–31. Mural cycle consisting of ten panels. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of AXA Equitable, 2012.]
Learn about Benton mural's commission and the purchase, restoration, and donation to The Met
Related Benton works and archival images
AXA Group Chairman and CEO Henri de Castries on AXA's mission to protect cultural heritage
Learn about AXA Art and what they protect
Learn the mural's history from the 1930 commission to the 2014 exhibition opening.
AXA US Chairman and CEO Mark Pearson on the importance of making art accessible to a broader public
View additional media coverage of the civic landmark, including archival reportage from the New York Times.