I love art and creative architecture and the recently built San Francisco Museum of Modern Art offers both.
The building is unique inside and out & is next to the beautiful Yerba Buena Gardens..
The art work inside is awe inspiring. You will want to go through all of the rooms twice just to soak in the beauty and creativity. It's a feast for the eyes and the soul.
This is the place to see modern art in San Francisco. SF MOMA's collection includes major works by the 20th-century artists from post-impressionists to latest contemporary art. The beautiful building designed by the Swiss architect Mario Botta has a central skylight which gives the atrium a theatrical feel. The museum was created in 1935 but moved to its current location in the South of Market neighborhood in 1995. Works by the 20th-century European artists are located on the second floor including paintings by Matisse, Braque, Picasso and a beautiful sculpture by Brancusi. There are three paintings that I really enjoyed and I believe should not be missed: "The flower carrier" by Diego Rivera, "Frieda and Diego Rivera" by Frida Kahlo and "Guardians of the secret" by Jackson Pollock. The two upper floors are dedicated to temporary exhibitions.
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is surprisingly good art museum; both the collections and the museum itself is really worth a visit.
The collections cannot boast with a huge selection of works from celebrated artists, but it is big enough to portray the essence in modern art. The exhibitions follow the same quality as the permanent collection, and they are usually worth the extra price.
The museum is located conveniently in the city centre, in a walking distance from the major shops. There is also a big museum store and a cafe in the building.
When I worked in the city I used to walk down 3rd street every day and right past SFMOMA (San Francisco Museum of Modern Art). When it first opened in 1995, the collection looked rather sparse in the grand new galleries. The museum , designed by Mario Botta, consists of a sienna brick facade and a central tower of alternating bands of black and white stone. Inside, natural light from the tower floods the central atrium and some of the museum's galleries. A black-and-gray stone staircase leads from the atrium to four floors of galleries.
This sparseness has been remedied by substantial acquisitions which today counts some 5,600 paintings, drawings and sculpture. Among the permanent collection today you’ll find Works by Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Georgia O'Keeffe, Frida Kahlo, Jackson Pollock, and Andy Warhol. There is also a fine collection of Modernist paintings, including works by Matisse and Dali.
The photography holdings are one of the best in the world with a 9,000-work collection. It's exceptionally strong in pieces by Ansel Adams, Alfred Stieglitz (Georgia O'Keeffe’s husband) and Edward Weston, but ranges from daguerreotype portraits to trailblazing computer-assisted works that challenge the meaning of the art form.
A great museum!
Like in every museum of modern or contemporary art, you find some pieces of art in this museum where the sense of art is hard to grasp, where you're just shaking your head, stronly believing you could have painted that blue pictures in a nicer blue, adding a red dot somewhere.
But there are some great pictures of some famous artists, sculptures and installations. Temporary exhibitions as well as permanent own collections.
The building itself is maybe the most beautiful exhibit!
Thursday night is like a happy hour, half price entry between 6 and 9 p.m.
A must see attraction of San Francisco.
You can spend a highly enjoyable and inspiring day combining MOMA with a visit in the Yerba Buena Gardens just across the street
The building of the museum is very interesting , from an architectural point of view but what is more interesting is the collection it houses, a visual tour de force of modern art from its beginning until the latest trends.
The SF MoMA is definitely worth a visit even if you're not usually someone who takes in galleries. The fabulous architecture of the complex itself and the striking design of the entrance hall are stunning to take in even before you begin to take in any of the world-class collection or travelling exhibits. Never mind what any of the 'arterati' may comment on pieces as they breeze past you in the galleries, it's what art means to the individual, and you could easily spend a whole day mesmerised in here.
This museum is incredible. It seems to exemplify the modern attitude of SF. I was very pleased by the permanent collection and absolutely loved the visiting exhibit of Romare Bearden (which continues until May 16, 2004).
My only complaint was going to the gift shop and seeing so many postcards of pictures that were on rotation. I guess I will have to go back!
The building in itself is a work of art; to get the full impact, cross 3rd St. towards Yerba Buena Gardens, then turn around and look. Open every day but Wednesday; and a handy tip for budget travellers: the first Tues of every month it is free. You could easily spend the day looking at the exhibits and browsing in the excellent gift shop. This Paul Klee poster is one of many that you can buy; picture from SFMOMA website.
Great building to look at - don't you think!!
This picture was taken from Yerba Gardens just opposite SFMOMA.
The museum is excellent. I have been wanting to visit SFMOMA for years after I got interested in the modern art by Mark Rothko.
The highlight for me was his Number 14 painted in 1960. It takes up one whole wall and was much bigger than I ever imagined.
Unfortunately his 'Untitled' piece also owned by SFMOMA was not on show. Do check with them if you want to see something in particular as they have a hugh collection but only room enough for a small amount to be on show at any one time.
Check out the entry prices too - it's half price Thursday evenings and it might be free on one evening a month. Although you might have to queue!
I got a city pass ticket which included SFMOMA as well as other attractions and 7 days local transport. Worth it in my case!
The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (pronounced by the locals as " the S F Moe-ma") is one of the city's most famous museums, home to one of the best modern art collections on the entire North American West Coast--if not the best. You'll find works by Man Ray here, Rauschenberg, Dorothea Lange, Marcel Duchamp, Picasso, Rothko, and a string of other international and local talent, old and new. The building itself is in a modernist style, with a large cylindrical circle at the top. Most people think it looks like a steel donut.
Admission for adults is around $10. For students with ID, it's $6
The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMoMA) looks nice from the outside, although I've never been inside. Go to www.sfmoma.org for details about the exhibit and information about planning your visit.
My favorite spot downtown is the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMoMA). There are about five levels of exhibits. You can definitely spend a good deal of the day there, wandering around a labyrinth of rooms. Hungry? Grab a bite at the museum restaurant. Then, have a look at the museum store and purchase some souvenirs for your family and friends.
A real must: The San Francisco Museum of modern Art.
On the second floor you can admire painting from Matisse, Paul Klee, Picasso, Miro, Dali, Ernst, Andy Warhol,...
I highly recommend the audio tour. It is really well done, instead of just looking for a few seconds to a painting and then quickly moving to the next one, you would get a detailled explanation about it and for some of them listen to some related music. At the end you can spend several minutes in front of a single painting.
One drawback, this is time consuming, they told me it would take about 40min but I've easily spent 2 hours... the museum closes pretty early (5:30pm) and I had no time left to see the other floors (architecture&design, media arts, photography, special exhibitions,...)
About the building itself, it could seem pretty common untill you look at it from the other side of the street (or even better from the Yerba Buena garden). It has indeed been designed by the swiss architect, Mario Botta.
My favorite Museum in San Francisco is the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMoMA). I started going to SFMoMA on my third trip to San Francisco and I have been each time that I have been back since then.
SFMoMA always has a good photo exhibits. On some of my trips, I have seen photo exhibits by Dennis Hopper, Yoko Ono, Lewis Carroll and more recently an exhibit on the early work of Chicago's Institute of Design which opened in the 1930s (1931-1971 by such photographers as László Moholy-Nagy, Harry Callahan, and Aaron Siskind).
On one visit, SFMoMA even had Janis Joplin's graffiti covered Porsche on display.