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The New Museum of Modern Art is Now Open in New York City


NEW YORK, NY -- March 7, 2005 -- Visitors from around the world are discovering the extraordinary new home for the world’s leading collection of modern and contemporary art.

“MoMA is a dazzling New York cultural icon and a beacon for tourists throughout the world,” says New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Designed by Japanese architect Yoshio Taniguchi, the new Museum nearly doubles the capacity of the former building, and encompasses approximately 630,000 square feet (58,527 square metres) of new and renovated space on six floors. Soaring light-filled spaces and intimate galleries showcase the Museum’s dynamic and evolving collection. Highlights include Vincent van Gogh’s The Starry Night, Pablo Picasso’s Les Demoiselles d’Avignon, and Henri Matisse’s The Dance, along with more recent works by Andy Warhol, Gerhard Richter, Louise Bourgeois, and a host of others. Monumental windows and curtain walls throughout the Museum afford views of The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden and the city beyond.

Flexible new spaces for temporary exhibitions allow MoMA to expand its schedule of temporary exhibitions. Now on view through May 30, 2005 is the first comprehensive survey in the United States of the work of Thomas Demand (German, b. 1964), focusing on major works from 1993 to the present.

Demand’s inventive and beautifully constructed photographs have won him wide recognition as one of the leading artists of his generation who pushes the medium of photography toward uncharted frontiers.

Visitors to New York this summer will be able to view Pioneering Modern Painting: Cezanne and Pissarro 1865-1885. This major exhibition will, for the first time, present the work of Paul Cezanne (French, 1839-1906) and Camille Pissarro (French, 1830-1903) in the context of their 20-year artistic relationship, an important link in the development of modern art. Organized by Joachim Pissarro, Curator, Department of Painting and Sculpture, the exhibition will travel to Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Musee d’Orsay, Paris.

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