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.
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.
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.
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is a must see in SF although it’s not as good as the one in NY. The building was interesting though, inside out.
During our visit (October 2009) there was a special exhibition of Richard Avedon with b&w photos (faces of unknown people but also some famous ones like Warhol). There was also a section dedicated to the American artist Robert Rauschenberg that has a collection with many things covering the a variety from oil paintings to photographs, newspaper clippings or paint drips jostling with one another and jockeying for position on one vibrant canvas.
By the way all the items and paintings are well supported with signs that have all the basic info. There are 5 floors with different items like paintings, photos, videos, sculptures etc
I liked the painting The Flower Carrier made in 1935 by the Mexican painter Diego Rivera (1886-1957). Rivera’s favorite theme is agricultural workers with underlying Marxist convictions and a sympathetic respect for manual labor and always present workers with dignity and in harmony with each other and with the natural world.
We didn’t spend much time on the gift/book store but I noticed many books.
The museum is open Thursday to Tuesday (closed on Wednesday) 11.00-17.45 (20.45 on Thursdays).
The entrance fee is $15 or free with the CityPass. It is also free the first Tuesday of each month and halfprice on Thursday evenings(18.00-20.45)
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!
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Spent more time taking photos of it from outside and basking in the general architecture of the place than anything else. To me, it was worth it. I always loved museums but kind of gave up on going in to actually see the art a few years back. This Museum boasts an impressive collection of Warhol, among others. I didn't feel like doing that at all.
I bought a few choice pieces in the Museum Store, lots of interesting and fun objects there.
The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts is close by and full of multicultural art, plus it's got a great rooftop garden. I spent more time relaxing there and it's a great memory.
Even though it is called The Museum of Modern Art, it isn't just that. There actually is a very good mix of mediums, styles, and eras on display here. The only complaint I have is the price of admission: $12.50! That is why it is good to go on Thursday night after 6 pm when it is half price.
The Museum of Modern Art, otherwise known as the MOMA (pronounced Mohma), has an extensive collection of art ranging from the renaissance to the present time. I once saw a Chagall exhibit here which was traveling around the world, and thus, was only in town for a few days but nevertheless attracted a huge swarm of visitors.
The Museum also had a pretty cool shop full of art-themed books, furniture, glassware, posters, and other neat knicknacks. It also has a cafeteria, should you feel the need to get a bite to eat (it could take hours to go through all the exhibits).
Admission prices range from FREE to $12.50 depending on age/membership/student status etc. Check website for hours of operation.
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
Art lovers should not miss San Francisco's Museum of Modern Art. It features rotating exhibits along with their permanent collection. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. daily. Closed on Wednesday. Thursday 11 a.m. to 8:45 p.m. It is open at 10 a.m. during the summer. Gallery admission fee Adults $12.50, Seniors $8, Students $7, Half price Thursday from 6-9 p.m., Free admission on first Tuesday each month.