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MoMA Exhibitions | Past Exhibitions, Now Showing, & Upcoming Shows

One of the most remarkable and iconic landmarks in New York, MoMA aka Museum of Modern Art is one of the world’s most popular museums dedicated to modern and contemporary art. Home to hundreds and thousands of priceless artwork from the 1800s, MoMA is literally a Disneyland for contemporary and modern art lovers. From their virtual exhibitions to a sneak peek into their collection, this page explores the significance of this historic space.    

Exhibits at MoMA

NYC MoMA Exhibitions

The diverse artworks at MoMA have evolved from a modest 8 prints and 1 drawing in 1929 to a collection of over 200,000 pieces today. On the 5th floor, discover masterpieces from 1880 to 1940, including Les Demoiselles d’Avignon and Water Lilies. Make your way to the 4th floor for works from 1940 to 1970, featuring The Swimming Pool and Empire. Then, head over to the 2nd floor for contemporary pieces like We Hold Where Study and Whose Utopia.

MoMA's Collection

The Museum of Modern Art's permanent collection showcases iconic works by modern artists like Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalí, and Claude Monet. Highlights of MoMA’s collection include van Gogh's "The Starry Night," Picasso's "Les Demoiselles d’Avignon," and Monet's "Water Lilies." Spend some time at the Film Library to indulge in the 22,000 films and 4 million film stills curated by MoMA. If books are your thing, head to the library that houses 300,000 books and periodicals, enriching the museum's cultural legacy.

MoMA Exhibitions

NYC MoMA Exhibitions

Past Exhibitions

MoMA’s first exhibition that was held on November 7, 1929, displayed the artwork of the four most celebrated European painters — Cezanne, Gauguin, Seurat, and Van Gogh.

Since then till today, this modern art space has hosted 3500+ exhibitions featuring the artwork of global artists and painters including Charles Burchfield, Toulouse-Lautrec, Diego Rivera, Walker Evans, etc.

Some of the most celebrated works that have made their way to the walls of this gallery include the 1931 Henri Matisse show, the first-ever MoMA exhibition devoted to a single artist; a 1939 retrospective of Pablo Picasso, which displayed Guernica, his most famous painting, and the 1955's “The Family of Man,” which brought together images by photographers from around the world.

NYC MoMA Exhibitions

Currently Showing

  • Shana Moulton - Meta/Physical Therapy: 17 Feb–21 Apr 2024
  • An-My Lê: Between Two Rivers/Giữa hai giòng sông/Entre deux rivières: Until 16 Mar 2024
  • New Ground: Jacob Samuel and Contemporary Etching: Until 23 Mar 2024
  • Leslie Thornton’s HANDMADE: 4 Nov 2023 to Spring 2024
  • Artist’s Choice: Grace Wales Bonner—Spirit Movers: Until 7 Apr 2024
  • Carolina Caycedo: Spiral for Shared Dreams: Until 19 May 2024
  • Life Cycles: The Materials of Contemporary Design: Until 7 Jul 2024
  • Before Technicolor - Early Color on Film: Until 21 Jul 2024
  • YOU ARE HERE* Contemporary Art in the Garden: Ongoing
MoMA Exhibitions

Upcoming Displays

  • Joan Jonas - Good Night Good Morning: 17 Mar–6 Jul 2024
  • Crafting Modernity - Design in Latin America 1940–1980: 8 Mar–22 Sep 2024
  • Käthe Kollwitz: Member Previews from 28 Mar–30 Mar, others 31 Mar–20 Jul 2024
  • Joan Jonas - Out Takes: May 2024
  • LaToya Ruby Frazier - Monuments of Solidarity: 12 May–7 Sep 2024
  • Martin Beck - Last Night: 2 Jun 2024
  • Studio Sound by Sable Elyse Smith: Jun–Jul 2024
  • Studio Residency by Sarah Michelson: 3 Aug–8 Sep 2024
  • Life Dances On - Robert Frank in Dialogue: Member Previews, 12 Sep–14 Sep, 15 Sep–11 Jan 2025
  • Thomas Schütte: Sep 29, 2024–Jan 18, 2025
  • Nour Mobarak: Dafne Phono, 26 Oct–5 Jan, 2025

Artwork in public spaces

At MoMA, art can also be experienced in public spaces. In October 2019, MoMA displayed six of its artworks on view in public spaces to celebrate its reopening. Featuring renowned works by contemporary artists, these exhibits offer an immersive encounter with form and space. On display are works by German visual artist Kerstin Brätsch, Japanese multimedia artist Yoko Ono, French artist Philippe Parreno, Polish artist Goshka Macuga and the Israeli-American artist Haim Steinbach.

Look out for Richard Serra's monumental steel sculpture "Equal," located in the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden. In the museum's lobby, encounter Louise Bourgeois's captivating spider sculpture "Maman," symbolizing maternal protection and strength. Experience how these dynamic installations enrich MoMA's vibrant cultural landscape.

Film exhibitions

NYC MoMA Exhibitions

The MoMA museum's film department handpicks films from their collection and even from the latest releases so that visitors can experience the world cinema, dive into the history of cinema, and discover the next great director. MoMA has also started streaming films virtually, so you can enjoy the various films at home.

Virtual Exhibitions

NYC MoMA Exhibitions

Well, if you can’t make it all the way to New York, they’re bringing the experience to your home through their series of virtual exhibitions. These highlight the artworks of some of the most talented artists around the world including paintings, video stories, audiobooks and more. Some of the virtual exhibitions include Neri Oxman’s Material Ecology, Amy Sillman’s The Shape Of Shape and more. Shuzo Azuchi Gulliver’s Cinematic Illumination and more. You can also explore topics like NY’s iconic sculpture gardens, Gordon park, New York, Open City etc. 




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Frequently asked questions about MoMA exhibitions

Q. What is showing at MoMA in NYC?

A. Reuse, Renew, Recycle, Automania, Adam Pendleton: Who Is Queen?,Liquid Reality, Modern From The Start, and A Raft are some of the shows on display at the MoMA currently.

Q. Do I need to buy separate tickets to view the various exhibits at MoMA?

A. No, the tickets to MoMA include admission to all galleries and special exhibitions. You can purchase tickets to MoMA here.

What types of art are displayed at MoMA?

MoMA showcases a diverse range of modern and contemporary art forms, including paintings, sculptures, prints, photographs, architecture, design, film, and media.

Are there any famous artworks at MoMA that I shouldn't miss?

Yes, iconic pieces like Vincent van Gogh's "The Starry Night," Pablo Picasso's "Les Demoiselles d’Avignon," and Claude Monet's "Water Lilies" are must-sees at MoMA.

How often do the exhibitions change at MoMA?

Exhibitions at MoMA are regularly rotated, with new shows introduced throughout the year.