Redefining Modern Art: the new MoMa
Wait and expectations are high, not just in New York but internationally: on the 21st of October the newly expanded Museum of Modern Art in New York will reopen.
After all, it has been only 15 years from last MoMa expansion. That one, cured by Yoshio Taniguchi cost about 858 $ million.
Today it’s Diller Scofidio + Renfro turn. The interdisciplinary design studio integrates visual and performing arts with architecture. Today, after over five years of analysis in collaboration with Gensler, global design and architecture firm, the studio is ready to let the world discover the new MoMa!
What to expect from the new MoMa
The goal of the project was to reorganize the artworks in a newer and more approachable style. There was the intent to create a better experience for the audience. With more than 166,000 square feet of gallery area, the new MoMa is now prepared to receive its about 3 million visitors per year.
After the four-month-long closure and 450 $ million spent, the new Museum of Modern Art dedicates the fourth floor to experimental and life works. That is to say that along with the ’40s-’70s collection showcasing artworks by Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, and many more, this area will house works ranging from music to movies.
The reconfiguration of 15,000 square feet on the third floor allows to install diverse and special collections.
On the second floor, MoMa exposes incredible artworks dated from the ’70s to today. Actually, here the museum chooses to concentrate on female artists such as Louise Lawler, Cecilia Vicuña, Maren Hassinger, and Senga Nengundi, among others. Furthermore, there will be educational programming and artmaking stations to encourage visitors in the process of creation.
The first floor keeps emphasizing American artists’ work, with a special focus on Abstract Expressionism. In addition, the new lounge on this floor will be facing The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden.
Among the most impressive news, there is the Flagship Museum Store’s reconfiguration in a double-height space. The lobby visually connects to the street. It seems to break the confinement, representing a more accessible and open-spaced architectural idea.
In spite of all the changes, there are parts of MoMa that haven’t been altered, such as the sculpture garden. The suggestion here is remarkable. The garden, suspended in the middle between East and West worlds, it’s a kind of outdoor room, an oasis in Midtown. It keeps showcasing incredibly important sculptures.
The Museum played a decisive role in the promotion of Modern Art in the world. It is universally recognized as one of the most important museums on the planet.
The collection inside the museum is an unparalleled anthology of modern and contemporary art. MoMa collections range from architecture to design, passing through screen printing, photography and multimedia art. The Museum of Modern Ar will reopen to the public on October 21, so get ready to explore the redefined concept of Modern Art in one of New York’s great treasures!