The Museum of Modern Art: Painting and Sculpture

Bruce Nauman, Human/Need/Desire, 1983, The Museum of Modern Art. © 2009 Bruce Nauman / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) has contributed more than 1,400 images of its permanent collection to the Artstor Digital Library. The images represent the museum's unparalleled collection of international modern and contemporary painting and sculpture and they include many highlights ranging from the work of Paul Cézanne to Marlene Dumas.
 
The museum’s collection (and Artstor’s selection) provides a comprehensive overview of major artists and movements from the late 19th century to the present, including groundbreaking works by Umberto Boccioni, Louise Bourgeois, Marc Chagall, Giorgio de Chirico, Salvador Dalí, Marcel Duchamp, Paul Gauguin, Natalia Goncharova, Frida Kahlo, Vasily Kandinsky, Georgia O'Keeffe, Willem de Kooning, Lee Krasner, Fernand Léger, Jacob Lawrence, Rene Magritte, Henri Matisse, Joan Miró, Piet Mondrian, Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, Auguste Rodin, Vincent van Gogh, among others. The contemporary holdings feature equally important names: Frank Auerbach, Joseph Beuys, Peter Doig, Donald Judd, Jenny Holzer, Philip Guston, Kiki Smith and Andy Warhol, and many more.
 
The Museum of Modern Art was founded in 1929 as an alternative to more conservative historical museums - dedicated to the mission of becoming the world’s leading repository of modern art. Its permanent collection consists of more than 200,000 paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photographs, architectural models and drawings, design objects, and films in addition to millions of film stills. The museum also maintains a library and archives to support research and scholarship related to modern and contemporary art.
 
In 1939, the museum occupied its present site in midtown Manhattan. Expansions took place during the 1950s-60s, planned by the architect Philip Johnson, who also designed The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Garden. In 1984, a renovation by Cesar Pelli doubled the museum’s gallery space, and in 2004, MoMA completed another building project; Yoshio Taniguchi's design nearly doubled the museum's space. New designs by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, in collaboration with Gensler, are shaping a further expansion.
 
For related collections, see The Museum of Modern Art: Architecture and Design, and The Museum of Modern Art: Exhibition Installation Photograph Collection (Photographic Archive)