The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) is one of New York’s top attractions - and after shutting its doors for four months for renovations, the "expanded and reimagined" museum is ready to reopen.

Exterior view of The Museum of Modern Art on 53rd Street © 2017 Diller Scofidio + Renfro

MoMA closed to the public from 15 June to undergo an expansion. Now it's just about ready to open its doors again on 21 October with more space, new commissions, a brand-new canopy and a revamped restaurant.

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The entrance to the Museum of Modern Art. Image by ©spatuletail/Shutterstock

The new project added more than 40,000 sq ft of gallery space, including the new David Geffen wing, and is designed to allow the museum to show off significantly more art in new ways.

Wu Tsang. We hold where study. 2017. The Modern Women’s Fund
New art: Wu Tsang. We hold where study. 2017. The Modern Women’s Fund © 2019 Wu Tsang

The expanded centre includes The Studio, which will host live programming and performances that will “react to, question, and challenge histories of modern art and the current cultural moment”. Inside there will be a number of different floors, including street-level galleries that will be free and open to the public in an effort to bring art to the people on the streets at the museum’s midtown Manhattan location

Installation view of Fossil Physics for Christa at MoMA
Installation View of Fossil Psychics for Christa (2019) by Kerstin Brätsch in The Caroll and Milton Petrie Terrace Sixth Floor Café. © by Iwan Baan, Courtesy of MoMA

When the museum reopens, it will be showing art of different disciplines alongside one another, like paintings, sculptures, architecture, design, film and more. There will also be galleries that provide works from artists from more diverse backgrounds than previously represented at MoMA. A selection of the art will also be rotated in the gallery every six to nine months, to recognize “that there is no single or complete history of modern and contemporary art”. MoMA has already announced some of the exhibitions that will be held when the museum is back, including ones focusing on Latin American art, the multidisciplinary artist Pope.L, artist Betye Saar, and more.

Exterior view of The Museum of Modern Art, Blade Stair Atrium
Exterior view of The Museum of Modern Art, Blade Stair Atrium ©Iwan Baan, courtesy of MoMA

The new MoMA will also open earlier - at 10am - and stay open until 9pm on the first Thursday of every month. 

This article was originally published on 7 February, 2019 and updated on 11 October, 2019.

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