MoMA: Hello. Again lifestyle
After four months of refurbishments and 450 million dollars of investment in its facilities, MoMA has reopened its doors with an exhibition space expansion, in which the real value of the remodelling is not a matter of metres, but the creation of a space which reformulates the experience between people and art in the Museums.
The Museum of Modern Art in New York reopens its doors to give a new welcome to New Yorkers. The space situated in the centre of Manhattan simply could not cope with accommodating the almost three million visitors from more than 50 countries who visited it each year. Not only has it been expanded by 3.700 square metres for exhibitions, but also renovated from the inside to the outside by the architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro, who have worked closely with Gensler.
Jean Nouvel’s 53W53 residential tower next to the museum houses the new wing of the museum on its ground floors, and the facade opens even further to the outside through a shop window with full views of the lobby and shop. With entrances and cloakrooms managed digitally, it has two temporary exhibition halls for emerging artists, 25 audiovisual spaces for projections and a creative laboratory. The Sculpture Garden is still there, an oasis of sculptures and green areas.
Its space is expanded but its horizons also develop with new ways of understanding art, an instance of diversity in today’s worldview. An institution which becomes even more alive in order to be an example and a witness of 21st century designs.
MoMA opens up even more to the 21st century. After 90 years since its opening, the new MoMA will be able to showcase an extra 1.000 types of work in its rooms by artists from other continents and cultures, exhibited in a new conceptual amalgam that does not follow a specific historical concept, and which is expected to be updated every six months. As well as that, MoMA will make progress with new artistic disciplines such as sculptures, photography and cinema.
Welcome to the new MoMA.