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The “Museum of Modern Art“, allows a comprehensible approach to the Art of our time, thanks to its collections concerning many sectors, such as painting, drawing, illustration, architecture, design, sculpture and printing.
Nicknamed “Moma” or “The modern” by New Yorkers, the Museum of Modern Art is one of the city’s greatest cultural treasures. This world-renowned museum houses some of the finest works of art of the 20th century, including works by Van Gogh, Picasso and Monet.
The museum was opened in 1929 with works by four artists: Cézanne, Van Gogh, Gauguin and Seurat. They were all relatively unknown artists in the United States, and the creators of the museum were taking a rather big risk. Fortunately, the exhibition was a great success and the Museum of Modern Art was born.
Since then, the museum has maintained its reputation as the most comprehensive collection of modern art in the world. The museum has more than 100,000 paintings, drawings, sculptures and other works by the greatest artists of the 20th century. Most of the works are on display on the second and third floors of the museum, but the first floor is notable for the more than 100-metre long atrium that greets visitors as they enter 54th Street. Beneath the atrium, there are tree fountains and a sculpture garden.
The best way to see the work is to take the self-guided tour. Starting with Post-Impressionism, the tour will take you through the galleries on the second and third floors. After Post-Impressionism, we move on to Cubism, Dadaism and Surrealism, ending with Mexican art of the 1930s. Highlights of the museum on the second floor include exhibitions on Dadaism, the School of Paris and Surrealist drawings. The museum’s photography department includes more than 15,000 prints.
The third floor continues with Mexican art and continues with European art and abstract expressionism, pop art and other modern works. This floor consists mainly of drawings, prints and illustrated books. Notable pieces on the third floor include works by De Kooning, Jackson Pollack and Roy Lichtenstein.
The fourth floor houses the museum’s architecture and design collection. MOMA is one of the few art museums to have a section devoted to architecture. More than 60 models are on display, as well as more than 1,000 photos and drawings. Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Frank Lloyd Wright are two of the principal architects.
MOMA is also known for its film collection. The museum has more than 10,000 films and 4 million images. It has recently been recognized as one of the city’s best venues for screening classic and foreign films. The films are shown in the afternoons and evenings and are included free of charge with the entrance to the museum.
The Moma draws up a calendar of temporary and permanent exhibitions, which it sets up throughout the year and which you can see, alone or with your family. For some time now, classes have been offered to schoolchildren. These courses, although not part of the school curriculum, provide an approach that is of great interest to children.
Speakers accompany small groups (for a fee) of about 20 schoolchildren through the exhibitions, whether permanent or temporary. A slide show (slides with synchronized sound) as well as guided tours are given in different languages.
How to get to MOMA?
Adults 25$ 21 euros. Free for children under 16 years old.
11 West 53rd Street New York, NY 10019-5498
(On 53rd Street, just west of 5th Avenue.)