If you've never heard of MoMA, don't worry we won't judge you. Especially if you are not a modern art fan. But the Museum of Modern Art in New York far surpasses many others in its collection, its vision of how art should be consumed by the public, and how the architecture of a museum can influence that consumption. And so, MoMA has become considered by many in the art world as one of the finest museums in the world.
Founded in 1929 by the famous Rockefeller family and some of their associates, the museum has steadily grown in both size and prowess. Their endowment has grown to nearly a billion dollars, and their footprint in midtown Manhattan covers over 744,000 square feet of exhibition space. Their addition of meeting spaces, auditoriums, and theaters over the years has made it a fixture of the city, with visitors from all over the world.
It just so happens that MoMA and the Louis Vuitton Foundation (FLV) in Paris have joined forces to bring us an unprecedented exhibition. The FLV is a monumentally commanding new building in the 16th arrondissement of Paris designed by renowned architect Frank Gehry. Apparently, the glass superstructure was inspired by the glass of the Grand Palais and both houses a fine art collection of its own as well as serves as a cultural hub for the bustling City of Lights.
The "Being Modern: MoMA in Paris" exhibition will be running through March, 2018 and features a wealth of the biggest names in modern art. Even if you are not an art follower, you probably know some of these names. The show is divided into three sections: MoMA's first decade, Minimalism and Pop Art, and Contemporary Arts (procured in the last two years). For nearly nine decades, MoMA has been collecting the finest modern art in the world, but this will be the first time that these pieces will be on view in France. And the art world is buzzing about it! Here are few of our favorite featured pieces from the show.
First Decade: Often considered a pioneer of African-American art, and specializing in collage pieces, Romare Bearden used Classic art and myth to recast the experiences of life in the urban and rural South.
Minimalism and Pop Art: The Bather by Paul Cézanne is credited as an early example of painting from a photographic reference. The ambiguous background has spurred debate for decades about what is actually happening in the scene. A hallmark of post-impressionist minimalism, this piece is typical of modernism.
Contemporary Arts: If you're skeptical that emoji are art, you're not the only one. But the original set of emoji, debuting in 1999 and taking the world by storm, has inspired a swath of new (and tiny) works of art. And Shigetaka Kurita's original cell phone emoticons are now honored in MoMA's collection.
Whether in New York or in Paris, MoMA's influence on the art world continues to grow and we are always happy to share some of our thoughts with you. If you have a favorite piece by one of these artists, or others included in the show, please let us know! We would love to know what you like. Until next time; au revoir!