Museum of Modern Art New York

The building of creativity in New York: The MoMa

Steffen
11. March 2019
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The Museum of Modern Art houses a variety of contemporary artworks ranging from architecture and design to photography, paintings, and sculptures. Designed by Yoshio Taniguchi, the Museum of Modern Art reopened after renovations on November 20, 2004. Coinciding with MoMA’s seventy-fifth anniversary, the museum opened its redesigned space for exhibitions, education, and scholarly research.

IMPORTANT INFO: Due to expansion plans, MoMA will stay closed this summer from June 15th through October 21st.

MoMA, situated in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, welcomes approximately two and a half million visitors a year. The Museum of Modern Art has become world renowned for displaying some of the best works of art over the past 80 years.


Did you know?

  • The building itself is the size of two city blocks (from 53rd-54th St) and spans over 630,000 ft2
  • Initially, the MoMA started with eight prints and one drawing given to the museum as a gift
  • MoMA now includes over 150,000 paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photographs, architectural models and drawings, and design objects
  • MoMA has acquired a number of universal design objects such as the @ symbol, the Creative Commons logo, the Rainbow Flag, and the recycling symbol
  • MoMA is FREE on Friday Nights! Every Friday evening from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m you can enter free of charge
  • Check out the view when you ride the escalators between the fifth and sixth floors!
  • To the artists reading this: It’s allowed to sketch from the artworks in MoMA. So, go for it!

Artworks inside the Museum of Modern Art New York

The Museum of Modern Art is considered by many to be the best of its kind. As it can be found right next to Central Park it is also easy to squeeze into a day of sightseeing. The museum’s collection gives visitors a conclusive overview of modernist Western masterpieces of the 20th century. You can see the artworks from artists such as Monet, Mondrian, Kandinsky, Klee, and Miró.

The Museum of Modern Art New York holds more than 150,000 individual pieces in addition to approximately 22,000 films and 4 million film stills, 40.000 prints, a furniture collection, a wide collection of cinema films, sculptures, and 40 videogames (video games, like TETRIS). A MoMA visit can, therefore, include something for everyone, even those who are not lovers of art will find something that tickles their fancy. A visit to the Museum of Modern Art is a journey through time periods reflected in artists way of expression. If it interests you, this is the perfect spot to find out more about cubism, expressionism, futurism, postimpressionism, constructivism, and surrealism.


The Scream sold for $119.9 million

Edvard Munch’s famed 1895 pastel “The Scream” was sold for $119.9 million and through this became the world’s most expensive work of art ever to be sold at an auction. The price topped the previous record; the sale of Picasso’s “Nude, Green Leaves and Bust” sold for an amazing $106.5 million. This happened in 2012 when a wealthy New York citizen bought the famous painting for his mansion in April 2014. Due to this, the pastel is no longer a part of the Museum of Modern Art’s collection. For many art lovers, this was one of the main reasons to visit MoMA. The image has become a universal symbol of anxiety and existential dread and has become almost as popular as the Mona Lisa.


Use the audio-guides for free

In order to get some information on the numbers artworks in the museum, you can borrow one of the free audio guides. All you have to do is walk around with it and enter the number of the artwork you would like to hear about. The guide will tell you all about it in your chosen language. Children get their own guide, which is more child-friendly and gets them interested in the creative world.


How much time do you need?

In order to see everything at the museum, you will need a whole day. If you are not an art lover, however, and only want to see the highlights the museum has to offer, you can do it in half the time.

If you start your day with breakfast at MoMA, you will be done by lunch and still have plenty of time to do some more sightseeing during the afternoon.


Shopping at MoMA

MoMA’s flagship store is, as you would expect, inside the museum however, there are various other shops located throughout New York City. The MoMA store in the Museum building features a broad selection of art reproductions, design objects, and more than 2,000 book titles!. There is also the MoMA books store which is located on the Museum’s second floor overlooking the Lobby. The shop provides a tranquil environment for looking through a curated selection of the newest and most notable art & design books from around the world.


Tickets

Adults$25
Seniors(65 and over with ID)$18
Students(full-time with current ID)$14
Children(16 and under)Free

You can buy your tickets and skip the line when you get there, here.

If you are the owner of a New York Pass, you’re in luck! The admission is actually included in the price of the pass. For more information on the New York Pass, click here

Buy MoMA Tickets


Conclusion

The Museum of Modern Art is an artwork in and of itself and the heart of creativity in New York City. A visit to this museum will take you through a visual representation of years of art history. Even for those not necessarily interested in arts, this is a great museum to inform yourself about the modern art scene of the 20th century. If you’re interested in Dance Shows or concerts, the MoMA is also the perfect spot for you! They have a wide program of dance events and concerts you can view on their website. During your stay in New York City, the MoMA should definitely hold a spot on your to-do list. I’m sure, you will be as impressed as millions of other visitors each year.

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