The Museum of Modern Art has one of the world’s greatest collections of 20th- and 21st-century paintings, and the same holds true of its holdings in sculpture. Granted, you can find versions of some of the same objects in other institutions; sculptures, after all, can be cast or fabricated as multiples. But what is unique about MoMA is the context it creates thanks to the singular role it has played in the shaping of Modern Art. No one tells the story better or in greater depth, which makes looking at a Brancusi there a whole other experience from seeing a similar one in another museum. MoMA provides the bigger picture, which makes all the difference. There are, in any case, many more objects to behold that are unique, but the truth is, whether you’re talking about an edition piece or not, there’s probably way too much stuff to take in. To remedy that, we offer this handy guide to the 25 top sculptures at MoMA.
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