The Old Fogies visit the Museum of Modern Art in New York City

One art museum, I was keen to visit in New York was The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) which located in Midtown Manhattan in New York City, on 53rd Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues.

MoMA is considered one of the largest and most influential museums of modern art in the world. The Museum’s origins go back to 1929 and were one of the first American museum’s devoted exclusively to modern art. Its early exhibitions included paintings by Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cézanne, and Seurat.

The museum moved into its present location in 1939, although it has been renovated a number of times since and is undergoing a $450 million expansion. The entrance is not particularly striking but once you enter, the galleries are bright and airy.

One of the highlights of the museum is The Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh and it was easy to find with groups of people near it.

Other highlights include Claude Monet’s Water Lilies triptych

Pablo Picasso, Les Demoiselles d’Avignon

 and Henri Matisse, The Dance.

American artists were represented by Jackson Pollock, Robert Rauschenberg, Mark Rothko and many more.

The museum has a number of unusual features like a large Louise Bourgeois spider, a full size helicopter and a very attractive Sculpture Garden with fountains that was an ideal place to relax after looking around the galleries.

The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) is one of the great museums of modern art, however it is difficult to defend an admission fee of $25. Maybe we are spoilt in London where many of the major museums and art galleries are free but even those that do charge tend to ask for half the amount that MoMA ask for. The museum has around 3 million visitors a year but numbers have declined since they doubled the entrance fee from $12 to $25. 

Fortunately the New York Pass which we bought before arriving in the city included entrance to a number of museums which is great if you want to get a cultural fix when you are in New York.

Old Fogies Travels are the adventures of two elderly Londoners (The Old Fogies) as they explore their home town and travel around the world looking out for the strange, unusual and absurd.

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