Being Modern: MoMA in Paris

Quentin Bajac (ed.). Exhib'publication. Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris. Thames & Hudson 2017. Beiträge von Michelle Elligot, Olivier Michelon et al. English. 288 Seiten, 230 Abb. 24 x 30.5 cm. 2,1 kg. Hardcover with dust jacket. 9780500239797. art-42186
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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 Hopper's 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.

La Fondation Louis Vuitton expose les chefs d'oeuvres du MoMA à l'automne 2017. Deux cents oeuvres retracent l'histoire du MoMA et la formation de la collection, de sa première décennie (House by the Railroad d'Edward Hopper acquis en 1930), en passant par l'après-guerre (Pollock et De Kooning) puis au pop art et au minimalisme jusqu'aux oeuvres contemporaines acquises très récemment comme Untitled (Club Scene) de Kerry James Marshall ou un jeu de carte de Shigetaka Kurita. Certaines n'ont encore jamais été exposées en France.