Being Modern: MoMA in Paris
A handsome book telling the stories behind 120 select artworks and design objects acquired by MoMA between the late 19th century and the present
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. This exhibition catalogue for a show at Fondation Louis Vuitton features work from all six of the Museum’s departments, from Edward Hopper’s House by the Railroad (1925) to the recently acquired original set of 176 digital emoji.
The book is organised chronologically according to the year each artwork entered MoMA’s 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 museum’s 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 MoMA’s multidisciplinary collection.
- Authors: Quentin Bajac, The Joel and Anne Ehrenkranz Chief Curator of Photography at The Museum of Modern Art, New York and Olivier Michelon, Curator at the Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris.
- Hardcover: 288 pages | 230 black and white illustrations
- Date published: October 2017
- Language: English
- ISBN: 978-0500239797
- Product Dimensions: 30.5 x 24.0 cm