Designed by Yoshio Taniguchi, the Museum reopened in midtown Manhattan on November 20, 2004, to coincide with MoMA’s seventy-fifth anniversary. The 630,000-square-foot Museum is nearly twice the size of the former facility, offering dramatically expanded and redesigned spaces for exhibitions, public programming, educational outreach, and scholarly research. MoMA has seen its average number of visitors rise to 2.5 million from about 1.5 million a year before its new granite and glass renovation. Completed in November 2006, The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building marked the culmination of the Taniguchi project, providing significantly increased space for MoMA’s wide-ranging educational and research activities. Since more than 80 years this place shows the best artworks of artists from all over the world. But what makes it so attractive, why the people call it the best museum on earth? I´ll let you know:
Did you know?
The building itself extends over two blocks (from 53rd-54th St)? Or, that the rich and varied collection of the Museum of Modern Art constitutes one of the most comprehensive and panoramic views into modern art? From an initial gift of eight prints and one drawing, the Museum of Modern Art’s collection has grown to include over 150,000 paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photographs, architectural models and drawings, and design objects. MoMA also owns approximately 22,000 films and four million film stills, and MoMA’s Library and Archives, the premier research facilities of their kind in the world, hold over 300,000 books, artist books, and periodicals, and extensive individual files on more than 70,000 artists. The Museum Archives contains primary source material related to the history of MoMA and modern and contemporary art. To the artists reading this: It´s allowed to sketch from the artworks in MoMa. So, go for it!
Artworks in MoMa
The creative Museum at Central Park considered by magazines and creative as the best on earth and to have the best collection on earth because it gives the visitors a conclusive overview about modern Western masterpieces of the 20th century. You can see the artworks of the main names of art history like Monet, Mondrian, Kandinsky, Klee and Miró. MoMA’s holdings include 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 cinemas movies, sculptures and 40 videogames (yes, video games, like TETRIS). A visit in the Museum of Modern Art is a journey through the different time periods in art: cubism, expressionism, futurism, postimpressionism, constructivism, and surrealism.
The Scream was sold for $119.9 millions
Edvard Munch’s famed 1895 pastel of “The Scream” was sold for $119.9 million and became the world’s most expensive work of art ever to sell at auction. This happened in 2012, when a rich New York citizen bought this pastel for his mansion. Since april 2014 the pastel is out of the MoMa collection. For a lot of art lovers this was the main reason to visit the MoMa, just to see “the scream”. The price eclipsed the previous record, made two years ago at Christie’s in New York when Picasso’s “Nude, Green Leaves and Bust” brought $106.5 million. The image has been reproduced endlessly in popular culture in recent decades, becoming a universal symbol of angst and existential dread and nearly as famous as the Mona Lisa.
Have breaktfast in the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden
Taniguchi reintroduces “The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden” as the heart of the Museum by preserving Philip Johnson’s original 1953 design. The architect’s plan enlarges the garden and re-establishes the southern terrace, which is now an elegant outdoor patio for the Museum’s new restaurant. Views of the garden are now available from numerous vantage points throughout the Museum. During breakfast time the museum offers food in the garden, so that you can start your day perfectly with a great breakfast in the heart of MoMa.
Use the audio-guides for free
As your personal guide during your visit, you can take the audio-guide with you for free. It´s easy to handle, you just have to enter the number of the artwork and the guide tells you in your chosen language, everything about it. Children get their own guide, which is more child-friendly and interesting for them to enter the creative world of MoMa.
How much time do you need?
To see everything you´ll need a day. But honestly, when you´re not the passionate art lover, you´ll make it in the half of it.
Shopping at MoMa
The stores of MoMa are located in different areas in New York City. Their flagship store is inside the museum. MoMA’s striking flagship store within the Museum building features a broad selection of art reproductions, design objects, and more than 2,000 book titles, as well as exclusive items for the whole family, developed and produced by MoMA. Located on the Museum’s second floor and overlooking the Lobby, MoMA Books provides a tranquil environment for perusing a curated selection of 1,500 of the newest and most notable art and design titles from around the world.
|Seniors(65 and over with ID)||$18|
|Students(full-time with current ID)||$14|
|Children(16 and under)||Free|
You can buy your tickets, without waiting in line, online here.
If you are the owner of the New York Pass, you´re lucky, because the admission for MoMa is actually included. You can read all information about the New York Pass here.
My conclusion: The Museum of Modern Art is an artwork itself and the mekka of creativity in New York City. A visit in this museum is like diving in a colorful waves game of colors and forms. If you´re interested in Dance Shows or concerts, the MoMa is also the perfect address for you, because they have a wide program of dance events and concerts. During your stay in New York City, the MoMa should be on your to-do-list. I´m sure, you will also say: this is the best museum on earth.