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The Museum of Modern Art of New York

The Museum of Modern Art of New York
New York City (USA)
11 West 53 Street downt
Phone : (212) 708-9400
Throughout its history, The Museum of Modern Art has used architecture as a vehicle for self-renewal and regeneration. The recently completed building project represents MoMA's most extensive redefinition since its founding seventy-five years ago. The Museum combines new spaces with MoMA's original architecture to dramatically enhance its dynamic collection of modern and contemporary art.

MoMA conducted an extensive worldwide search for an architect who would not simply add on to the Museum's existing architecture, but would be able to transform MoMA's various buildings and additions into a unified whole. Japanese architect Yoshio Taniguchi won the commission with a design that would, in his own words, "transform MoMA into a bold new museum while maintaining its historical, cultural, and social context".
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The Museum of Modern Art of New York : Hours   

Open daily excepted thursday
Nocturne friday
every days 10.00 am/05.30 pm except on Friday (08.00 pm),

Admissions :
Adults : 20$
Seniors (65 and over with ID): 16$
Students (full-time with current ID) : 12$
Children (sixteen and under accompanied by an adult. This policy does not apply to children in groups) : free
Members : free

Admission is free for all visitors during Target Free Friday Nights, Friday evenings, 4:00-8:00 p.m.

The Museum of Modern Art of New York : Visit Guide   
- Subway : E or V to Fifth Avenue/53 Street; B, D, or F to 47­-50 Streets/Rockefeller Center.
Bus : M1, 2, 3, 4, 5 to 53 Street
Groups are welcome by appointment. To schedule a group visit, call (212) 708-9685.
All public areas of the Museum are wheelchair accessible.
The Museum of Modern Art of New York : Description   

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Founded in 1929 as an educational institution, The Museum of Modern Art is dedicated to being the foremost museum of modern art in the world.

Through the leadership of its trustees and staff, The Museum of Modern Art manifests this commitment by establishing, preserving, and documenting a permanent collection of the highest order that reflects the vitality, complexity, and unfolding patterns of modern and contemporary art; by presenting exhibitions and educational programs of unparalleled significance; by sustaining a library, archives, and conservation laboratory that are recognized as international centers of research; and by supporting scholarship and publications of preeminent intellectual merit.

The Museum of Modern Art is home to the world's largest and most inclusive collection of modern painting and sculpture, comprising some 3,200 works dating from the late nineteenth century to the present. New galleries on the fourth and fifth floors of the Museum allow visitors to consider the Painting and Sculpture collection in new ways; by following different paths through the galleries, visitors may mimic the equally circuitous history of modern art.

Galleries on the fifth floor display works from 1880 to 1940, beginning with such pioneers of modern art as Paul Cézanne and Vincent van Gogh and continuing with masterworks by Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Giorgio de Chirico, Fernand Léger, Constantin Brancusi, Piet Mondrian, Salvador Dalí, and Joan Miró, among others. The major artistic movements of the modern period are explored-including Expressionism, Cubism, and Surrealism-providing a comprehensive overview of the foundations from which all subsequent modern and contemporary art would emerge.

The fourth-floor galleries present a selection of works created between the early 1940s and the late 1960s, a period bracketed by World War II and the war in Vietnam. Works in these galleries reflect how artists of the period-among them Alberto Giacometti, Jackson Pollock, Barnett Newman, Robert Rauschenberg, Andy Warhol, and Eva Hesse-responded to the opportunities and challenges posed by the changing world around them to create powerful individual masterworks and forge key artistic movements.
The Museum of Modern Art of New York : History   

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The 630,000-square-foot Museum has nearly twice the capacity of the former facility. The new six-story David and Peggy Rockefeller Building houses the main collection and temporary exhibition galleries. Taniguchi worked closely with curators to refine his concept into a design that would expertly accommodate the type and scale of works displayed. Spacious galleries for contemporary art are located on the second floor, with more intimately scaled galleries for the collection on the levels above. Expansive, skylit galleries for temporary exhibitions are located on the top floor. MoMA's Film and Media program resumes in the two refurbished Roy and Niuta Titus Theaters, located below the lobby level.

In the expanded Museum lobby, Taniguchi takes inspiration from the unique vitality of the streets of midtown Manhattan. This bustling interior promenade connects Fifty-third and Fifty-fourth Streets and offers spectacular views of both The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden and the light-filled Donald B. and Catherine C. Marron Atrium, which soars 110 feet above street level. The lobby also serves as the Museum's "information center," with multiple ticket counters; information about membership, exhibitions, and programs; and access to the Museum's theaters, restaurant, stores, and garden.

Masterworks of modern sculpture, seasonal plantings, and reflecting pools once again welcome visitors to the beloved Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden, which Taniguchi identified as "perhaps the most distinctive single element of the Museum today." The architect preserved Philip Johnson's original 1953 design and re-established the garden's southern terrace to create an elegant outdoor patio for The Modern, the Museum's new fine-dining restaurant.

Interior work continues on MoMA's new, eight-story Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building. When complete, it will offer five times more space for educational and research activities, including an expanded Library and Archives, a reading room, a 125-seat auditorium, workshop space for teacher training programs, study centers, and a lobby with magnificent views of the Sculpture Garden.
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Posted on 26 January, 2009  by pierreschwartzig

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