Founded in 1929, the MoMA's collection includes examples of modern art from the late nineteenth century until today. Their collection represents the diverse forms of visual expression that encompass modern art, including paintings, sculptures, photographs, films, drawings, illustrations, architecture and design. Considered by many to have the best collection of modern Western masterpieces in the world, MoMA's holdings include more than 150,000 individual pieces in addition to approximately 22,000 films and 4 million film stills.
The museum underwent extensive renovations a few years ago, designed by the Japanese architect Yoshio Taniguchi. The new MoMA features 630,000 square feet of new and redesigned space and the building itself is a modern work of architectural art.
This is the second floor Marron Atrium lounge with 25 foot movie screen walls that show exhibition movies. The Swiss artist Pipilotti Rist's movie entitled "Pour Your Body Out" was playing, and will be on exhibit until February 2, 2009.
Here is one of the open views of the multilevel floors:
A view from the atrium windows of the outdoor Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden.
A lounge chair made out of corrugated cardboard by the artist Frank O Gehry, entitled "Bubbles Chaise Lounge" 1987 The ultimate idea for recycling?
A contemporary baby stroller design -
Some of the collections of paintings that I photographed:
Pablo Picasso -- "Girl before a Mirror" -- March 1932
Jackson Pollock -- "White Light" 1954
Jackson Pollock -- " One: Number 31, 1950" 1950
Salvador Dali -- "The Persistence of Memory" 1931
Claude Monet -- "Reflections of Clouds on the Water-Lily Pond" 1920
Piet Mondrian -- "Trafalgar Square" 1939 - 43
Andy Warhol -- "Gold Marylin Monroe" 1962
One of the main reasons I visited MoMa was to not miss the special exhibit called "Van Gogh and the Colors of the Night" which is closing on January 5, 2009, and moving to The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. It was an exhibit of an international collection of nearly 40 Vincent Van Gogh paintings, with the theme of sunset, dusk and night.
The exhibit was divided into the following themes: Early Landscapes, Peasant Life, Sowers and Wheat Fields, Poetry of the Night- The Town, Poetry of the Night- The Country. Many were accompanied by actual excerpts of Van Gogh's letters to his family, especially those he wrote to his brother Theo, where he described the works and their influences and meanings. Van Gogh wrote , "It often seems to me that the night is more alive and richly colored than the day."
Below, the painting "The Potato Eaters" -- 1885
Next, and my personal favorite, Van Gogh's "The Starry Night" -- 1889.
MoMa is really a fascinating museum to visit, and the surrounding area in Manhattan is interesting to walk around to take in the sights. I thought I'd share some photos of the neighborhood. If you've visited NYC before you might recognize some of these buildings.
In a way much of NYC is, in itself, a museum of modern art -- there is always something unique, something unusual, something unexpected, and something that can not be understood but that can still be admired, about it.