Who could have thought you would get tired of yet another Warhol or Roy Lichtenstein? Well, after elbowing your way through the endless line of people taking a picture and then another one at the MoMa or MET in New York, fatigue may fall upon you. At such a moment salvation can only come from inspiration. And for the art of inspiration, you’ll have to move your behind to the New Museum (of contemporary art). Hell yes!!!
Similar to the design of an egg, the ‘shell’ of the New Museum is almost as brilliant as the exhibitions shown on the inside. The museum houses since 2007 in a building designed by Tokyo-based architects Sejima and Nishizawa.
The architects have stacked their ice-cubes seven stories high. They have not only given the museum a home but at the same time gave the previously shady, or ‘gritty’ as they called it themselves, side of the Bowery between Stanton and Rivington Streets a facelift. A facelift of such beauty that makes Sly eat his heart out.
Inside the sugar cubes are as sweet as on the outside. But you can count on tasting a bit of acid every now and then. No surprise of course. Because the New Museum is all about contemporary art. And modern art can be invasive, if only to keep you awake or guide you into new directions.
So, do go and enjoy the unforgettable works and architecture of the MoMa, Met and Guggenheim. But don’t forget there is more to art than what lies in the past. For some true contemporary shock and awe, you should treat yourself to the New Museum.
New museum (of contemporary art)
New York, NY 10002
T: +1 212-343-0460