What to see at MoMA

The Museum of Modern Art in New York holds some of the world’s most renowned art by artists such as Picasso, Cezanne, Dali, Gauguin, Monet, Van Gogh, and more.

MoMA’s collection covers six floors, so it is difficult for a visitor to explore all the exhibits on display at the art museum.

However, if you plan your route well, you can at least see all of the masterpieces. 

We recommend the following must-sees at the New York’s Museum of Modern Art. 

The Starry Night

The Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh
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The Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh is a star of the MoMA’s collection. 

Van Gogh painted this magnificent piece from his room in a mental asylum. 

The turbulent sky portrays his internal turmoil. 

He painted this scene 21 times from his East-facing window, and that’s why there are many versions of ‘Starry Night’. 

Buy the Museum of Modern Art tickets online to avoid waiting in the ticket counter queues. During peak hours, the wait can even go up to 45 minutes. 

Drowning Girl

Drowning Girl by Roy Lichtenstein
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Drowning Girl by Roy Lichtenstein is a modern art piece with thick lines, bold colors, and dots with speech bubbles that gives the painting a printed look. 

The painting takes you back to your comic-loving days.

The Persistence of Memory

The Persistence of Memory by Salvador Dali
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The Persistence of Memory by Salvador Dali is one of the most famous works of Surrealism. 

It is based on time, and the landscape shows melting watches, ants, and fleshy objects depicting decay.

Les Demoiselles d’Avignon

Les Demoiselles dAvignon by Pablo Picasso
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Les Demoiselles d’Avignon was unappreciated during Pablo Picasso’s time. 

It was originally named ‘Brothel of Avignon’, and depicts five nude female prostitutes in Barcelona. 

It is now a significant painting at MoMA.

Campbell’s soup cans

Campbell's soup cans by Andy Warhol
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Campbell’s soup cans by Andy Warhol is an excellent example of Pop Art. 

The exhibit includes images of 32 varieties of soup offered by Campbell’s, an American company. 

The art aims to deliver the message that art is for everyone.

One, Number 31, 1950

One Number 31 1950 by Jackson Pollock
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One, Number 31, 1950 by Jackson Pollock, is his collection’s largest painting with a ‘drip’ technique. 

The painting depicts streams of energy in tan, blue, and grey lashed through black and white.


Dance by Henri Matisse
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Dance is a famous painting by Henri Matisse. 

It depicts the joy and rhythm one feels when dancing. 

It is presented by mythical dancers in a timeless landscape. 

The liveliness is hard to miss when you look at this painting. 

Gold Marilyn Monroe

Gold Marilyn Monroe by Andy Warhol
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Gold Marilyn Monroe by Andy Warhol in 1962 is a tribute to the American actress who died that year.

This is one of the must see paintings in MoMA.

The Sleeping Gypsy

The Sleeping Gypsy by Henri Rousseau
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The Sleeping Gypsy by Henri Rousseau shows a gypsy who sleeps even as a lion tries to smell her. 

His talent is what helped him in being accepted into society. 

Self-portrait with cropped hair

Self portrait with Cropped hair by Frida Kahlo
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Self-portrait with Cropped hair by Frida Kahlo is a challenge to the stereotype surrounding women. 

The painting is known for its gender-bending quality.

Grandcamp, Evening

Grandcamp Evening by Georges Pierre Seurat
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The Grandcamp, Evening by Georges-Pierre Seurat feels like a seamlessly blended scene when viewed from a distance. 

However, when you closely look at the painting, you notice the different colored dots Seurat used to make this painting.

Outdoor Sculpture Garden

Momas Outdoor Sculpture Garden
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Abby Aldrich Rockefeller designed the Sculpture Garden as a tribute to the MoMA founders. 

The sculpture is a good spot to take a break. 

It holds artworks by Picasso, Anthony Caro, and many others, while marble slabs, fountains, flower beds, etc., provide relief.

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