The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

MoMA

The Museum of Modern Art is a model of a museum that can inspire people of all backgrounds to discover new ways of understanding and relating to one another through art. From innovative exhibitions and programs to free public access, MoMA has always been on the cutting edge of visual culture. MoMA’s mission is to inspire people to experience and understand art. Just like The Cosmic House, the museum appreciates the creative process, and connects people.

What is the purpose of museums?

Over the last century, museums have become increasingly important as providers of cultural resources and as leaders in public engagement. They are not just artefacts of history or an expression of taste—they are especially spaces to engage with each other and the communities in which they live. They provide a place to show off your culture, to share in the benefits of exchange and to engage with the world.

The Museum of Modern Art

MoMA is a private non-profit cultural institution devoted to modern art. MoMA was founded in New York City in 1929 by Alfred Barr. Evidently dedicated to the principle that modern art has the potential to uplift and change lives. Its initial collection was formed primarily through the bequest of MoMA’s first two trustees, Lillie P. Bliss and Gertrude Vanderbilt Bloome. Since then, MoMA has grown to become one of the largest museums of modern art in the world and also houses the largest collection of contemporary design objects in the United States. 

MoMA NYC Haim Steinbach’s Hello Again

Best Events

The annual MoMA Art Book Fair is one of the largest, most noteworthy events in the art world. An annual fair that’s open to the public. The Art Book Fair features works by artists and writers like Ali Smith, C-Scape, and Rachel Cusk.

There are more than 30 curatorial departments at MoMA, organized into four main groupings—Arts of the Americas, Asia, Africa, and Europe, and the special collections department. 

MoMA Collabs

The museum has a long history of organizing and sponsoring artistic events in conjunction with nearby institutions. In recent years it has focused especially on collaborating with international artists and art organizations… Including the Berlin Biennale, Shanghai Biennale, and Venice Biennale.

Is it the best Art Collection in the world?

The MoMA collection is, by many accounts, the best in the world. This is because the museum has, over the years, set its sights high, acquiring great works by artists of international renown.

One way to understand the modern art collection at MoMA is to recognize that it consists of both paintings and sculpture.

With rare exceptions, every piece in the collection has been painted by a living artist. Also, with rare exceptions, every piece in the MoMA collection has been made by one artist.

The collection does not include any photographs, prints, posters, or film stills. All of these media have yet to be more widely embraced by museums, though the MoMA may put more of these works on display in the future.

Museum Brandhorst

Contemporary Art Centres

What is so special about contemporary art centres and galleries? Why should you consider visiting them? What impactful experiences will they have in store for you? Museum Brandhorst might just give you the answers here and then some more to think about, get inspired by and put into good use in your own life.

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The aforementioned places can serve as a journey to the past. Like a spiritual trip to realms just waiting to be discovered or simply open a door to great minds to expand your perception of the world and unleash your inner creative capabilities… By seeing through the eyes of great authors. And understand how they were and many still are thinking and feeling, during bringing their fantastic ideas and visions to life. 

Brandhorst art centre is no exception. What started out as a rather humble private collection has become one of the contemporary art core pillars in Germany. Upholding values such as free thinking, creativity and artistic diversity. Or bold expression of emotions and thoughts.  Containing more than 1200 masterpieces from a wide roster of world-famous names like: Andy Warhol, Bruce Nauman, Jeff Koons, Sigmar Polke and Cy Twombly. And this is just to name a few. There are countless of visual works of art just waiting to be discovered. Inject you with a surge of exhilaration and energy and envelop you in a wonderful and limitless world of contemporary art.

Inspiring Cultural Experiences

Museum Brandhorst does all this while remaining warm and welcoming to people with all kinds of backgrounds. Whether you are already familiar with big names and famous displays or installations such as Cy Twombly’s “Lepanto Cycle” – which is a must-see there by the way -… Or only taking your first steps in this whole new world, there is something for everyone to see. Furthermore, Museum Brandhorst ‘s central task is to make sure that visitors would get as intimate, engaging and inspiring experience as possible through a wide exposure and educative approach to art. 

If you are still on the fence about whether or not this is something for you, imagine the possibility of experiencing art. Some of the most remarkable works of contemporary art the world has to offer. Think of it as a deep intellectual journey to stimulate your mind. Free yourself from the mundane shackles of daily life. Unleash yourself and immerse in a world of limitless expression – like taking a dip in a cool lake on a hot summer day. Or emerging invigorated, ready to take on new challenges and bring your own visions to life.

Sounds intriguing? Need that extra boost to get started in your new endeavours whatsoever they might be? Then pay Brandhorst art centre a visit.  Appreciate the authors and their work and let them reward you with a rejuvenated spirit and a memorable experience in return.

Promoting Young Artists

Similar to its Romanian correlative, The Cosmic House, Brandhost Museum aims to maintain the art scene fresh and interesting by promoting young, local artists. Moreover, Brandhost values forging new relationships with artists. And giving them a voice and an aesthetic impact through exhibitions and installations. If you are a young artist seeking inspiration or a place to meet like-minded individuals like yourself… You might find it right here.

The School of Athens by Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino

Nexus of thinkers and test of knowledge

The perfect cross-over does not exist. Or does it? 

Renaissance paintings

When looking at Rapahel’s artwork “School of Athens” a simpler mind would probably notice a bunch of old men walking, engaging in conversation, reading, and in a multitude of other activities and probably wouldn’t think much of it. Just another artful wall decoration from a time far passed, right?

A monumental fresco

There is far more to this painting. And if you are familiar with Greek history and philosophy, even if just on the surface level, you will probably notice that Rafaello Sanzio da Urbino has brought out the heavy artillery of classical thinkers on a fresco. The Renaissance artwork that is considered to stand among the world’s greatest… And for a good reason as it is decorating one of the walls of the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican itself and is part of the series of his three other works, each representing a certain branch of knowledge. “School of Athens” symbolizes philosophy.

What was Raffaello trying to say?

Several works of art back in the Renaissance period were originally intended for a limited-sized sophisticated audience, so Raphael’s work serves as a perfect test to measure the depth of your knowledge. Try out if you can notice some familiar philosopher’s here. There is a good chance you’ve heard of at least some of them. Perhaps you can even find the author himself hiding among the crowds? If so, take some healthy pride in it… Because it’s likely a sign that you’re more sophisticated and educated than your average person.

 If you’re willing to “go full philosopher”, you might also notice that the painting is a figurative symbol of opposite schools of thought. Two main – and opposing –  sides of the coin are Platon and Aristotle who are, similar to “The Last Supper”, placed right at the very centre of the painting and given the main stage. Here the distant horizon and three-dimensional perception are also masterfully used to suck the viewer in and naturally draw his/her eyes to the main characters.

Sacred Art & Hidden Details

There is even more to it. Raphael intended to tell us how all the great thinkers from different times have been brought together to discuss and exchange knowledge. He also wanted to depict the complex lesson on the history of philosophy by showing us the capabilities of the human mind. By depicting mathematicians, thinkers, and scientists – each engaged in rigorous mental work.

All in all the author gives us the recipe for an outstanding work of art: be ambitious and depict the “celebrities” of any given time. Add obvious and hidden details so that people would have the thrill of discovery and learn something new about the painting every single time they look at it. And finally, make it controversial and harmonious at the same time by bringing together opposites… And have them exchange and complement knowledge. 

Raphael’s Artworks