I recently visited the Museum of Modern Art (by myself) and I realized how important the art I was surrounded by actually was. I think it’s so important that we realize the reason why some of the greatest works of art were created, as many times they are a statement of past, current, and future events.
Before I dive into the MoMA, I want to talk about one of my favorite pieces (which can be found at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia), Picasso’s Guernica. Guernica can be considered one of the most prominent anti-war statements of all time. The work makes a statement about the bombing of Guernica. The bombing took place on a market day, in the middle of the day, where civilians (mostly women and children) were outside- which was believed was planned in order to maximize casualties. It’s so symbolic because this was the first time during the Spanish Civil War where a completely defenseless city was attacked. I personally love this work so much because it’s so powerful, and so controversial (like many statement pieces are). This anti-war piece has resonated time and time again with the world’s greatest tragedies, and it never ceases to remind us of the pain and suffering that is caused by war.
Now- let’s dive into some of my favorites from my last MoMA visit.
1. The Dance by Henri Matisse
2. Les Demoiselles d’Avignon by Pablo Picasso
3. Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh
5. Marilyn by Andy Warhol
I didn’t write anything about these pieces partly because I didn’t want this post to turn into an art history lesson, but mainly because I thought it would be better for you to learn about them, and interpret yourself if you so please. Everyone experiences and receives art differently so don’t be afraid to open yourself up to it.
If you do decide to go to the MoMA (and you should!) feel free to come back and comment about your favorite pieces!