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Collection Highlights

Ongoing

The Museum of Modern Art

MoMA’s 2019 opening collection presentation highlights the creative affinities and frictions produced by displaying painting, sculpture, architecture, design, photography, media, performance, film, and works on paper together. Conceived and installed by cross-departmental teams of curators at all levels of seniority, the presentation foregrounds complex relationships among works of art and leverages the new architecture to encourage many possible routes through the galleries. A new curatorial generation will continually renew the experience of the Museum through installations and exhibitions, artist commissions, and programs that encourage debate and discovery.

The fifth-, fourth-, and second-floor collection galleries offer a deeper experience of art through all mediums and by artists from more diverse geographies and backgrounds than ever before. A general chronological spine unites the three floors and serves as a touchstone of continuity for visitors. Individual galleries, some of which will be medium-specific, delve into presentations of art and ideas that only MoMA’s collection can offer.

Recognizing that there is no single or complete history of modern and contemporary art, the Museum will systematically rotate and reinstall one-third of these collection galleries every six months. By 2021, MoMA will have re-choreographed each of its galleries across the fifth, fourth, and second floors—and will constantly renew the presentation.

 

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Vincent van Gogh. The Starry Night. Saint Rémy, June 1889. Oil on canvas. 29 x 36 1/4 in. (73.7 x 92.1 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Acquired through the Lillie P. Bliss Bequest.

Henri Rousseau. The Dream. 1910. Oil on canvas. 6′ 8 1/2″ x 9′ 9 1/2″ (204.5 x 298.5 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of Nelson A. Rockefeller.

Henri Rousseau. The Sleeping Gypsy. 1897. Oil on canvas. 51″ x 6’7″ (129.5 x 200.7 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of Mrs. Simon Guggenheim.

Pablo Picasso. Les Demoiselles d’Avignon. 1907. Oil on canvas. 8′ x 7’8″ (243.9 x 233.7 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Acquired through the Lillie P. Bliss Bequest. © 2004 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Salvador Dali. The Persistence of Memory. 1931. Oil on canvas, 9 1/2 x 13″ (24.1 x 33 cm). Given anonymously. © 2004 Salvador Dali, Gala-Salvador Dali Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

G. W. Bitzer. Interior N.Y. Subway, 14th Street to 42nd Street. 1905. 35mm film (black and white, silent). The Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Sonia Delaunay-Terk. La Prose du Transsibérien et de la Petite Jehanne de France (Prose of the Trans-Siberian and of Little Joan of France). 1913. Illustrated book with pochoir and hand-painted parchment wrapper. The Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Martín Ramírez. Untitled (Figure with a gun on horseback). 1950. Crayon and pencil on paper. The Museum of Modern Art, New York.

United Nations Headquarters Board of Design, Wallace K. Harrison, Max Abramovitz, Oscar Niemeyer, Le Corbusier (Charles-Édouard Jeanneret). Façade from the United Nations Secretariat Building, New York, NY. 1952. The Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Shigeru Onishi. Untitled. c. 1955. Gelatin silver print. The Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Sari Dienes. Soho Sidewalk. c. 1953–55. Ink rubbing on webril. The Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Remedios Varo. The Juggler (The Magician). 1956. Oil and inlaid mother of pearl on board. The Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Hervé Télémaque. No Title (The Ugly American). 1962/64. Oil on canvas, in two panels. The Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Barbara Chase-Riboud. The Albino. 1972 (reinstalled in 1994 by the artist as All That Rises Must Converge/Black). Bronze with black patina, wool and other fibers. The Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Ibrahim El-Salahi. Prison Notebook. 1976. Notebook with 38 ink on paper drawings. The Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Mrinalini Mukherjee. Yakshi. 1984. Dyed hemp. The Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Chen Zhen. Un Village sans frontiers. 2000. Wood chair and candles. The Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Chen Zhen. Un Village sans frontiers. 2000. Wood chair and candles. The Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Chen Zhen. Un Village sans frontiers. 2000. Wood chair and candles. The Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Chen Zhen. Un Village sans frontiers. 2000. Wood chair and candles. The Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Chen Zhen. Un Village sans frontiers. 2000. Wood chair and candles. The Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Wu Tsang. We hold where study. 2017. Two-channel video (color, sound; 18:56 min.). The Modern Women’s Fund.© 2019 Wu Tsang.

Paula Modersohn-Becker (German, 1876-1907). Selbstbildnis mit zwei Blumen in der erhobenen linken Hand [Self-Portrait with Two Flowers in her Raised Left Hand]. 1907. Oil on canvas. 21 3/4 x 9 6/8 in. (55 x 25 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, Gift of Debra and Leon Black, and The Neue Galerie, Gift of Ronald S. Lauder.

Tarsila do Amaral (Brazilian, 1886-1973). The Moon (A Lua). 1928. Oil on canvas, 43 1/3 x 43 1/3 in. (110 x 110 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Purchase.

Faith Ringgold. American People Series #20: Die. 1967. Oil on canvas, two panels, 72 × 144″ (182.9 × 365.8 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Acquired through the generosity of The Modern Women’s Fund, Ronnie F. Heyman, Eva and Glenn Dubin, Lonti Ebers, Michael S. Ovitz, Daniel and Brett Sundheim, and Gary and Karen Winnick

Installation view of Downtown New York (Gallery 202) The Museum of Modern Art, New York. © 2019 The Museum of Modern Art. Photo: John Wronn

Installation View of David Geffen Wing gallery 206, Transfigurations, The Museum of Modern Art
With view of Blackened Steel Portal
The Museum of Modern Art Renovation and Expansion
Designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with Gensler
Photography by Iwan Baan, Courtesy of MoMA

Installation view of Gretchen Bender’s Dumping Core (gallery 204), The Museum of Modern Art, New York. © 2019 The Museum of Modern Art. Photo: John Wronn

Installation view of True Stories (gallery 208), The Museum of Modern Art, New York. © 2019 The Museum of Modern Art. Photo: John Wronn

Installation view of My%Desktop(Gallery 211) The Museum of Modern Art, New York. © 2019 The Museum of Modern Art. Photo: John Wronn

Installation view of Building Citizens (Gallery 216) The Museum of Modern Art, New York. © 2019 The Museum of Modern Art. Photo: Photo: John Wronn

Installation view of Action Painting I (gallery 403), The Museum of Modern Art, New York. © 2019 The Museum of Modern Art. Photo: Heidi Bohnenkamp

Installation view of Action Painting I (gallery 403), The Museum of Modern Art, New York. © 2019 The Museum of Modern Art. Photo: Heidi Bohnenkamp

Installation view of War Within, War Without (Gallery 420), The Museum of Modern Art, New York. © 2019 The Museum of Modern Art. Photo: Robert Gerhardt

Installation view of War Within, War Without (Gallery 420), The Museum of Modern Art, New York. © 2019 The Museum of Modern Art. Photo: Robert Gerhardt

Installation view of 19th Century Innovators (gallery 501), The Museum of Modern Art, New York. © 2019 The Museum of Modern Art. Photo: Jonathan Muzikar

Installation view of 19th Century Innovators (gallery 501), The Museum of Modern Art, New York. © 2019 The Museum of Modern Art. Photo: Jonathan Muzikar

Installation view of 19th Century Innovators (gallery 501), The Museum of Modern Art, New York. © 2019 The Museum of Modern Art. Photo: Jonathan Muzikar

Installation view of Early Photography and Film (gallery 502), The Museum of Modern Art, New York. © 2019 The Museum of Modern Art. Photo: Jonathan Muzikar

Installation view of Early Photography and Film (gallery 502), The Museum of Modern Art, New York. © 2019 The Museum of Modern Art. Photo: Jonathan Muzikar

Installation view of Early Photography and Film (gallery 502), The Museum of Modern Art, New York. © 2019 The Museum of Modern Art. Photo: Jonathan Muzikar

Installation view of Readymade in Paris and New York (gallery 508), The Museum of Modern Art, New York. © 2019 The Museum of Modern Art. Photo: Denis Doorly

Installation view of Paris 1920s (Gallery 514) The Museum of Modern Art, New York. © 2019 The Museum of Modern Art. Photo: Jonathan Muzikar

Installation view of Paris 1920s (Gallery 514) The Museum of Modern Art, New York. © 2019 The Museum of Modern Art. Photo: Jonathan Muzikar

Installation view of Claude Monet’s Water Lilies (Gallery 515) The Museum of Modern Art, New York. © 2019 The Museum of Modern Art. Photo: Kurt Heumiller