MoMA (Museum of Modern Art) is considered by enthusiasts to be one of the best modern art museums in the world, and with a ... More
MoMA - Museum of Modern Art
MoMA (Museum of Modern Art) is considered by enthusiasts to be one of the best modern art museums in the world, and with a major renovation completed in 2004 by Yoshio Taniguchi, it has only become better. The building was erected in 1939 under the supervision of Edward Durrell Stone and Philip Goodwin. The galleries burst with intriguing exhibits including paintings, drawings, prints, illustrations and photographs. Beloved to the museum are certain classics such as Andy Warhol's Marilyn Monroe and Pablo Picasso's Les Demoiselles d'Avignon. Should your appetite for art mirror your appetite for food, there is also a restaurant onsite and for collectibles and more, there's the museum's shop.
The museum is now back in its renovated location at 53rd St. and while the admission is high ($20) that also includes any films or special events on the day the ticket is purchased. We came to see the special exhibit on Cezanne and Pisarro (comtempories who often painted the same scenes) and it was fabulous beyond words. We also loved the painting galleries. We even stayed for lunch at the cafe on the 5th floor (much less crowded that the 2nd floor). Although the menu was limited and the prices looked high we had a memorable lunch (cold sesame noodle salad and seared Ahi Tuna). The best bet here is to come on a weekday and stay for a film. We were there on a Saturday morning and found it crowded, but still highly enjoyable.
Queuing for more than half an hour for entry into the museum and then another half an hour for a very over-priced sandwich, made the MOMA experience less than happy. While we loved the new building and the collection (which we travelled especially from Brussels to see), the whole place smacked of elitism. The prices are very high (entrance, food, the shop)and the place seemed unwelcoming to anyone who is not going to spend a lot.
The opening times are ridiculous. There is no reason why MOMA cannot open an hour earlier and close an hour later 7 days a week, given the phenomenal demand to visit it. This would help spread the entrance crush and effectively establish morning and afternoon sessions (it might also relieve pressure on the hopelessly inadequate catering facities). Other cities have occasional 24 hour opening for particularly popular exhibitions and MOMA should be more concerned to attract new visitors than make people feel as though they are doing them a favour by allowing them to come in.
So, while we enjoyed the MOMA, it was a less satisfying visitor experience than the Met, which was as magnificent as ever
This museum is closed until 2005, they are displaying some artwork at the Queens location "MoMA QNS" but dont expect to see any of the famous works there. Starry Night and most other valuables are in storage.
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