Monday, December 8, 2008

Monday at MoMA

As we all know, the Metropolitan Museum of Art is closed on Mondays... so today, I visited the Museum of Modern Art instead. Just 25 blocks south of the Met, MoMA houses great masterpieces from the late 19th-century to the present day.

Tonight I had a specific mission in mind: to see the Van Gogh and the Colors of the Night exhibition on the second floor. Though I wasn't overwhelmed, I wasn't disappointed either — it's a tall order in my book to create an exhibition worthy of one of the greatest artists of all time. That said, I thoroughly enjoyed Van Gogh's night paintings and, especially, the letters and sketches that accompanied them.

While Starry Night is undoubtedly the most famous, the crown-jewel of MoMA's collection for sure, the most impressive for me was Starry Night Over the Rhone, whose colors shone brightly and vibrantly just around the corner. I was elated to see a sketch for this painting, to see the planning stage up close, in person.

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