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New York's Museum of Modern Art is Visiting us for once
MoMA at the NGV
Source: Victoria State Government


Visiting MoMA (The Museum of Modern Art) in New York is one of those iconic experiences up there with visiting the Tate in London or the Louvre in Paris. MoMA borders Central Park and is just massive and every gallery one walks into, one's jaw drops. "Oh there's that famous haystack painting by Monet. Ah. and there's that Andy Warhol image of Marilyn Monroe and its real and not just a ubiquitous copy."

But we can't all just drop everything and head to New York to see all the wonderful modern art. Things get in the way such as kids, jobs, mortgages and other bills.

MoMA at the NGV
Behind-the-scenes: Installing Roy Lichtenstein's "Drowning girl", 1963, for MoMA at NGV: 130 Years of Modern and Contemporary Art opening next Saturday 9 June bit.ly/2AGDa6Y Image: Roy Lichtenstein American 1923–97 "Drowning girl


So it is nice to know that while the trip to New York may not happen for most of us in the next few years that we still have a chance to experience New York's most famous artworks. In fact, this winter, New Yorks most famous artworks are coming to us in Melbourne in an exhibition called MoMA at NGV that features significant works from New York's Museum of Modern Art.

Melbourne has been blessed as this is an international exclusive featuring more than 200 works from a line-up of seminal nineteenth and twentieth-century artists, including Vincent van Gogh, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso,Marcel Duchamp, Salvador Dalí, Frida Kahlo, Georgia O'Keeffe, Edward Hopper, Louise Bourgeois, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Diane Arbus, Agnes
Martin and Andy Warhol.

Bringing the exhibition up to the present day are works by artists including Jeff Koons, Cindy Sherman, Olafur Eliasson, Andreas Gursky, El Anatsui, Rineke Dijkstra, Kara Walker, Mona Hatoum and Camille Henrot.

MoMA at the NGV
Salvador Dalí (Spanish, 1904–1989) The Persistence of Memory, 1931 Oil on canvas 9 1/2 x 13


We are accustomed to the NGV hosting significant exhibitions but the MoMA collaboration is so large it will encompass the entire ground floor of NGV International! And don't just expect paintings. Showcasing the breadth of MoMA's collection, the exhibition display features works drawn from the Museum's six departments: Architecture and Design, Drawings and Prints, Film, Media and Performance Art, Painting and Sculpture and Photography.

You will discover the emergence and development of major art movements that represent more than 130 years of radical artistic innovation. The exhibition will also reflect the wider technological, social and political developments that transformed society from the late nineteenth century urban and industrial transformation, through to the digital and global present.

You will walk through a series of chronological sections, beginning with 'Arcadia and Metropolis' which looks at how early 20th century artists responded to the rise of the great cities. 'The Machinery of the Modern World' highlights the foundational avant-garde movements (Futurism, Cubism, Orphism, Dada). While 'A New Unity' presents the Russian avant-garde, de Stijl, the Bauhaus and Joaquín Torres-Garcia's School of the South. In 'Inner and Outer Worlds', you will see iconic Surrealist paintings 'Art as Action' highlights key examples of Abstract Expressionism.

The exhibition's largest section, 'Things as They Are', encompasses the 1960s and '70s, from Pop art to Minimalism and Post-Minimalism, followed by 'Immense Encyclopedia', focusing on art from the 1980s and '90s. The last section of the exhibition, 'Flight Patterns', considers contemporary art and ideas.

Oh, but if you do happen to be heading to New York this winter, note that NGV Members receive free admission to The Museum of Modern Art in New York for the duration of the exhibition.

Modern New Yorker lunch at Sofitel Melbourne on Collins after you visit MoMA at the NGV
New York Cheesecake: Image Sofitel Melbourne on Collins


But it looks like those of us left at home won't be too badly done by as we can also team this once-in-a-lifetime- Melbourne-based exhibition with a New York art inspired lunch at Sofitel on Collins. Here you will be transported to the heart of New York. For when you are in the clouds on the 35th floor looking over at other lesser skyscrapers, it is just like dining in a New York high-rise.

The menu is called the 'Modern New Yorker Lunch'. There are New York staples such as Reuben sandwiches and Manhattan clam chowder, giant space-like crispy pork skins based on the 1978 Space Invaders video game, and macaron petit fours inspired by the creator of the first emojis in 1991, Shigetaka Kurita. As well as other Big Apple delights. You can read more about this New York inspired lunch here.
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Why? You might not get to New York
When: 9 am until 5pm - June 15 to Oct 7
Phone: 61 (0)3 8620 2222
Where: NGV - 180 St Kilda Rd. Melbourne
Cost: Tickets from $24.50 for adults. Children from $10. Senior Card Holder discount is available on Wednesdays.
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