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Photograph: Jonathan Muzikar, © 2019 The Museum of Modern Art

Time Out says

UPDATE: Make sure to check for changes in its reopening plan here.

After three years of planning and construction—including a four-month closure this summer—the Museum of Modern Art has finally thrown open its doors to a shiny, reconfigured self, offering the public more MoMA to love (or at least to ponder) than ever. The massive expansion brings the institution’s total size to a whopping 708,000 square feet, 166,000 of which are dedicated to exhibition space. But the biggest deal is MoMA’s remix of its vaunted holdings: After decades of promoting promoting Picasso, Matisse, Pollock and other great white males, The Modern has dusted off works from women and artists of color that had been languishing in storage. Proclaiming a new woke MoMA, the museum has shifted to a multicultural reconsideration of 20th- and 21st-century art. But don't worry: You can still find works by fan favorites like Matisse. 

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Howard Halle


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Matisse: The Red Studio

MoMA has reunited the six paintings, ceramic and three sculptures that Matisse depicted in his 1911 "The Red Studio" painting for the first time in over 100 years! Matisse painted a large canvas to depict his studio in the outskirts of Paris that was filled with his paintings and sculptures, furniture, and decorative objects. These objects have been saved and are finally back together since they left the studio. Created between 1898 and 1911, these objects range from familiar paintings, such as "Young Sailor (II)" (1906) to lesser-known works such as "Corsica, The Old Mill" (1898) and other objects. The exhibition also includes paintings and drawings closely related to "The Red Studio," including "Studio, Quai Saint-Michel" (1916–17) and "Large Red Interior" (1948), which help to "narrate the painting’s complex path from Matisse’s studio to its subsequent international travels and eventual acquisition by MoMA," the museum says. Additionally, there are archival materials such as letters and photographs—many never before published or exhibited—that offer up new information on the painting’s subject, evolution, and reception. There is also a creative space within the exhibition that invites visitors of all ages to draw, write, and reflect on the spaces and colors that inspire them.

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