Alfred H. Barr, Jr., the founding director of MoMa, believed that ‘modern’ described “the progressive, the original, the difficult, rather than the safe.”
Barr’s words resonate in this exhibition, tracing the acquisition history of MoMa, of the pieces that made a mark on the art world and raised MoMa to the status of globally recognised gallery and authority on modern art.
It was a privilege to see some of the most celebrated works of modern art, and to walk through the chronology of recent art periods from Abstract Impressionism and Minimalism to more recent Digital media.
Particularly beautiful was Gustav Klimt’s Hope, II. The colours, details and emotion of this piece come through anew with a physical confrontation.
Mark Rothko’s No.10, with its soft merging hues of blue, lilac, grey and yellow, also made a particular impact; it was at once clear to see the expression of human emotion within his dreamlike landscape of colour – in his own words: tragedy, ecstasy and doom.
Gustav Klimt, Hope, II
Mark Rothko, No. 10