For the last few months, NGV has played host to a trove of significant pieces from New York’s Museum of Modern Art – but they won’t be sticking around for much longer. MoMA at NGV is coming to an end.
For a few more weeks you can catch headline works by Frida Kahlo, Pablo Picasso, Vincent van Gogh, Jackson Pollock and Salvador Dali, and perhaps discover a few more you’ve never heard of.
The show goes beyond art to tell the story of visual communication and design across the 20th century. It encompasses architecture, as well as industrial and graphic design, leading to some unlikely inclusions.
Until October 7, you can view the first emojis ever created; the gay pride flag, designed by Gilbert Baker in 1978; intricate train and plane parts by engineer Sven Wingquist; advertising art from Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec; and 1970s punk gig posters. There are experimental films produced in the 19th century through to the 21st. One room is full of brash pop art and work from cult figures such as Keith Haring, Cindy Sherman and Jenny Holzer.
One of Broadsheet’s favourite pieces is a huge airport flight schedule board – the old kind with flipping aluminium numbers – still announcing that the 10.45am Lufthansa flight to Frankfurt is expected to run on time.
Some of these works have never left New York, and who knows when (and if) they’ll land here again? Time marches on …
MoMA at NGV: 130 Years of Modern and Contemporary Art runs until October 7. Broadsheet is a proud media partner of the NGV.