On my fourth visit to New York, I wanted to explore some museums. So I went to Guggenheim Museum and MoMA. Guggenheim has marvelous collection, but unfortunately the visitor is not allowed to take picture of the collection. Next museum was MoMA, or Museum of Modern Arts. The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) is an art museum in Midtown Manhattan in New York. It is located in a hip area, on 53rd Street, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues. It is a fancy neigbourhood where some high-end boutiques are located.

Actually I’m not really into contemporary arts. I prefer enjoying classic paintings and arts. But MoMA has been important in developing and collecting modern art, and is often identified as the most influential museum of modern art in the world. So Irfan & I thought it is worth to be visited. The museum’s collection offers an unparalleled overview of modern and contemporary art, including works of architecture and design, drawings, painting, sculpture, photography, prints, illustrated books, and artist’s book, film, and electronic media. So comprehensive that the (quite bloody) US$20 admission fee deserves the value (compared to some other state museums in NYC which are free).

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MoMA’s library and archives hold over 300,000 books, artist books, and periodicals, as well as individual files on more than 70,000 artists. The archives contain primary source material related to the history of modern and contemporary art. It also houses a restaurant, The Modern, run by Alsace-born chef Gabriel Kreuther.

One not-to-miss is MoMA Store, which supply some quirky-designed cutleries, stationaries, and some home equipments. They are so cute that I want to have them all (if i didn’t consider my overweight luggage). This shop is worth to spend, since the they are exclusively designed and sold in MoMA. They have cuter collection than Monocle shop. I just had to cross the street to reach the store.

Back to the collection. 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 collection houses such important and familiar works as Vincent Van Gogh, Henri Matisse, Henri Rousseau, Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, Piet Mondrian, Andy Warhol, Paul Gauguin, Claude Monet (my fave), Paul Cezzane, and Frida Kahlo.

I took more than 4 hours for me and Irfan to explore the whole collection, and we still missed some chambers. I would say MoMA is a must-visit museum in NYC since US is one mecca of contemporary arts.


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