Sunday, January 22, 2006

MOMA - Big Apple of Modern Art

One of my favorite museums is the MOMA in New York City. Recently renovated, the MOMA has gained more space to showcase its dazzling modern art collection.

I first visited the MOMA in the 80's to see Starry Night. I was a big fan of Van Gogh then (still am). I couldn't tear myself away from the painting but when I did, I was rewarded with the works of Cezanne, Matisse, Gauguin, Picasso, Warhol, Kandinsky, Jasper Johns and a host of famous artists.

Every time my travels took me to New York, I made it a point to go to the MOMA. I became acquainted with artists whose works were unfamiliar to me and I started to appreciate better the sculptural pieces that form a prominent part of the collection. My interest in modern art intensified with each visit.

The generous spaces have brought out more masterworks from storage. There is so much to see from furniture to prints to photographs, to the permanent collection and the courtyard sculpture garden. There were also many people and I had to stand in line under pouring rain to get a ticket. But it was well worth it to see the treasures within.

New York City offers more modern art in various museums around town. Don't miss the MET, the Guggenheim with its circular display space in a building designed by no other than Frank Lloyd Wright, and the Whitney to list just a few.

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Photos by Rosario Charie Albar

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