The NGV’s latest exhibition brings the Museum of Modern Art’s most treasured pieces to Melbourne, many of which have never left their New York home.
Arranged in roughly chronological order – from the museum’s first show in 1932 to the present day – MoMA’s collection is represented by some of its best-known works.
There’s an array of big names, such as Van Gogh, Frida Kahlo and Jackson Pollock, but the lesser-known pieces are just as captivating as the blockbusters; an early colour film from cinematic pioneers the Lumière brothers, documentary photography from Margaret Bourke-White, and a painting from Zaha Hadid, an Iraqi-British architect whose design drawings were works of art in their own right.
The curation isn’t limited to visual art though; classic pieces of 20th century urban design sit alongside the paintings and sculptures. There’s an architectural model by Le Corbusier, an airport flight status board (the old kind with flipping steel and aluminium flaps), and the original emoji set (sans eggplant).
It all adds up to an unmissable survey of a century of the visual world.
MoMA at NGV: 130 Years of Modern and Contemporary Art runs until October 7.
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