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MoMA Painting & Sculpture Department

At the vibrant heart of modern and contemporary art is the Museum of Modern Art’s Painting & Sculpture department. Here, masterpieces by renowned artists like Picasso, Warhol, and Pollock will ignite your imagination and inspire dialogue. We take you on a dynamic journey through the evolution of visual expression via the MoMA Painting & Sculpture collection.

MoMA painting & sculpture department

MOMA Painting and Scuplture

The first painting displayed from the MoMA Painting and Sculpture collection was in 1929. The works of Gauguin, Van Gogh, Seurat, and Cezanne were loaned and shown in this exhibition. In 1985, MoMA Painting and Sculpture Department was established. 

With around 3,600 artworks, the department holds the world’s largest collection of sculptures and modern paintings. It is quite inclusive and features works from the 19th century to the present date. From Cezanne’s The Bather to Van Gogh’s The Starry Night, you will find lots of masterpieces here. A look at this MoMA art collection will give you a glimpse into the major movements and artists from the 1890s.

MoMA painting & sculpture highlights

MOMA Painting and Scuplture
  • Paul Cézanne, The Bather, 1885–87 
  • Vincent van Gogh, The Starry Night, 1889 
  • Vincent van Gogh, The Olive Trees with the Alpilles in the Background, 1889 
  • Henri Rousseau, The Sleeping Gypsy, 1897
  • Henri Matisse, The Dance I, 1909 
  • Henri Rousseau, The Dream, 1910 
MOMA Painting and Scuplture
  • Henri Matisse, L'Atelier Rouge, 1911 
  • Marc Chagall, I and the Village, 1911 
  • Henri Matisse, View of Notre-Dame, 1914 
  • Giorgio de Chirico, Love Song, 1914 
  • Kazimir Malevich, Suprematist Composition: White on White, 1918 
  • Piet Mondrian, Broadway Boogie Woogie, 1942-1943

Joseph and Sylvia Slifka painting and sculpture study center 

The Joseph and Sylvia Slifka Painting and Sculpture Study Center is the best way to access information on MoMA paintings or sculptures. The study center has files on over 3,400 MoMA paintings and sculptures. You can get photographs, press clippings, label texts, correspondence, press releases, etc. for the artworks. One can access the files in this study center by getting an appointment for Wednesday or Thursday. It is accessible between 11 AM and 5 PM.

Painting and sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art




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All your Questions about MoMA’s painting & sculpture department answered

Q. When was the first painting from the MoMA painting & sculpture department exhibited?

A. The first painting from the MoMA painting and sculpture collection was displayed in 1929.

Q. When was the MoMA painting and sculpture department established?

A. The MoMA painting and sculpture department was established in 1985.

Q. How many works of art does the MoMA painting and sculpture department hold?

A. The MoMA painting and sculpture department is home to around 3,600 artworks.

Q. What is the book ‘Painting and Sculpture at The Museum of Modern Art’ about?

A. Published by MoMA in 2015, the 'Painting and Sculpture at The Museum of Modern Art' book features artworks of both famous and lesser-known artists.

Q. What is the Joseph and Sylvia Slifka Painting and Sculpture Study Center?

A. The Joseph and Sylvia Slifka Painting and Sculpture Study Center files, from photographs to press releases, of over 3,400 MoMA paintings and sculptures, making it the greatest resource center for anything related to painting and sculpture.