MoMA (please do not mix with mama) The Musuem of Modern Art offers a comprehensive overview of modern and contemporary art, from the European painting and sculpture of the 1880s to the design, film, and performance art of today.
If one visits NY this spot can't be missed. So we also decided to visit it. With New York Pass the entrance is free. No reservation is required. We came at 2 p.m. and there were no qeues anywhere in the whole museum. I think tha same situation is a rule. The museum is open till 5p.m. so mind this before going there because there are 6 floors with three theatres feature a rich variety of documentaries, films, and film-festivals year-round. That is why my advice go there in the morning so that you will be fresh and full of energy to enjoy and appreciate contemporary art, otherwise you will end up like a chinese guy on one of my photos.
One of my favourite exhibitions was winner of the Golden Lion award at the 2011 Venice Biennale, Christian Marclay's The Clock.
It is a film in real time made of thousands of film excerpts that form a 24-hour montage. Composed from the last 100 years of cinema’s rich history, the film clips chronicle the hours and minutes of the 24-hour period, often by displaying a watch or clock that shows the actual time as you watch the movie, hence it synched to real time. The Clock incorporates scenes of everything from all possible films.
Another interesting exhibition just in front of The Clock entrance was a pedestal where people could stand and do any kind of movements they like and see their modified reflection on the opposite wall. Kids really liked this animated cartoon film with them as main heros.
In one of the theaters there was a short film shown featuring a man standing in front of the house and the wooden wall falling on him. The idea is that he had no injury after the wall has fallen down because a window in this wall. And this wall-falling is filmed from every possible angle to show the reaction on the man's face.
Now at MoMA is Edvard Munch’s iconic The Scream (1895) on view for a period of 6 months. It is among the most celebrated and recognized images in art history.
Of the four versions of The Scream made by Munch between 1893 and 1910, this pastel-on-board from 1895 is the only one remaining in private hands; the three other versions are in the collections of museums in Norway. The Scream is being lent by a private collector.
So don't miss it. It is on the last floor of MoMA. So here is my second adviсe: start from the last 6th floor. The most interesting paintings are there.
Also in MoMA one can enjoy Monet collection that consists of 7 artworks (Maisons pres de la mer 1865, Clear Weather 1882, Sunrise 1888, Water Lilies 1914-1926, Agapanthus 1914-26, The Japanese Footbridge 1920-22).
By the way, if you are interested in MoMA, or you want to know more about its collection and exhibitions please visit their site which is very useful and it was a discovery for me too. They also have excellent courses online for those who are interested in art. And for film lovers they have a good list of recent worth seeing films from all over the world.
If you are not much into art but into shopping, i recommend ou to visit their store which is not cheap but there are many interesting thing to make your appartment more stylish and modern.