The Museum Of Modern Art In NYC Gets An Official Facelift To Be More ‘Inviting’
By Mikelle Leow, 07 Oct 2019
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Art lovers have been fervently in wait for the doors of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) to open. The museum closed in summer for a four-month US$450 million renovation renovation project, and will finally unveil its significant makeover to the general public in late October.
When exactly? The “New MoMA” has been scheduled to open on 21 October. According to CBS News, the museum now has 30-percent more space with an additional wing, allowing for another 1,000 artworks to find their home in the establishment.
The ambitious renovation is helmed by interdisciplinary design firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro. Elizabeth Diller, architect and founding partner of the studio, relates that she “cut school all the time” to visit MoMA for “a new education.” Things have come full circle, as she and her studio have spent the past months making “new MoMA” appear “more inviting,” CBS News reports.
Notably, the museum’s lobby has been opened up, with its store being relocated a level down to be more spacious and welcome plenty of natural light.
Subtle details have also been considered, including how “boomy and loud” staircases can get, Diller explains. As such, the studio has lined the stairwell connecting the old and new building with wooden panels containing tiny perforations that “allow the sound to be absorbed… by the panels.”
“Usually wood reflects the sound,” she acknowledges. But “here, it’s absorbing.”
During the four months, every artwork was taken down to wholly reorganize the museum’s structure. MoMA’s galleries will no longer be defined by individual genres. Instead, “we’ve brought everything together under one circuit,” Diller explains, marrying photography, architecture, design, film, painting, new media and sculpture under the same roof.
The diverse arrangement “feels much more whole and, I think, real,” says Diller.
MoMA will also feature five times as many creations by female artists, including one by renowned Indian artist Mrinalini Mukherjee, which will be put on show for the first time ever.
As the project’s name suggests, “new MoMA” will continue to get newer. Every six months, a third of its galleries will be replaced, says curator Sarah Suzuki, who leads MoMA’s reopening.
MoMA first opened in 1929 in hopes of spotlighting modern and contemporary works. The establishment last renovated 15 years ago, and has seen a total of eight major refurbishments.
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