Bajac, Quentin

Being Modern: MoMAin Paris

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ISBN: 9780500239797
Author : Bajac, Quentin
Published: 2017
Publisher: Thames and Hudson Ltd
Number of pages: 288
Language: English
Format: Hardback
Published to accompany the first exhibition in Paris of highlights from The Museum of Modern Art, New York, Being Modern tells the stories behind 120 select artworks and design objects acquired by MoMA between the late 19th century and the present, providing a unique insight into the making of one of the greatest collections of modern and contemporary art in the world. Featuring work from all six of the Museums departments, from Edward Hoppers House by the Railroad (1925) to the recently acquired original set of 176 digital emoji, the catalogue highlights the diversity and topicality of MoMAs collection, and provides a fresh perspective on the modernist canon.

The book is organized chronologically according to the year each artwork entered MoMAs collection. Short texts by museum curators accompany each work, providing an overview of its significance as well as a behind-the-scenes look at the acquisitions process, often an untold aspect of a museums history. Rather than presenting the collection as a flawlessly structured, stable entity, the book reveals its complex evolution and wide-ranging scope, demonstrating multiple ways of looking at MoMAs multidisciplinary collection.

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