Guide to “Museum of Modern Art”


We have the lobby on the first floor, and the amazing garden you can hang out in. We get tickets – well, for free, and without waiting in line, thanks NYU!-

Now, go take the elevator to the 5th floor!

This is where they keep the really good stuff. Big names of impressionism, post-impressionism, abstract expressionism, Italian futurism, cubism and color field.

Gallery 1. Staring at you or, more accurately, staring at the floor right in front of you, is Paul Cézanne’s “The Bather.” I look at the wall, knowing that my favorite painting of all time is just behind it. I am a little nervous, I am curious about its size. What we don’t see online, is the real size of the painting. I never look at the real size online so I can be impressed and surprised when I see them in real life. Here it is, Vincent van Gogh’s “The Starry Night.” The picture, of the view from van Gogh’s room in a French asylum to which he’d committed himself after mutilating his own ear, may well be van Gogh’s highest achievement. But “The Starry Night” also goes by another name that makes me nervous: ObjectID 79802.


Let’s keep walking, past three examples of Georges Seurat’s pointillism and another van Gogh, past Henri Rousseau’s “The Dream” and “The Sleeping Gypsy.” Look to your right, and you’ll see the painting that gives me uncertainty: “Les Demoiselles d’Avignon.” I personally dislike Cubism. I studied this painting and didn’t like it either. I was very excited to see the painting and being able to dislike cubism in person, but that wasn’t the world’s plan for me. I was impressed.


Two galleries away, Matisse dominates the room: “Composition” and “Music (Sketch). I once again get fascinated by the size of “Dance (I).”

In the next room, you’ll find Picasso’s “Three Musicians” and a wall of Piet Mondrian’s neoplasticism.

Now, you’ll get a little upset. Because this piece is so big that you get mad not being able to see it as a whole or take a picture of it. You want a larger room so you can enjoy it even more. Yes, Claude Monet painted “Water Lilies”, and it’s right in the Gallery 9.


The bookshop is on the second floor, the photographs and drawings on the third. The cafe is fairly expensive, but it has a lovely environment, food is great, and it’s pretty cool to hang out and do homework. I spent 75 minutes in front of “Dynamism of a Soccer Player” and had to write an essay about it, so I did.

There are many things to discover in MoMa, so I’m letting the rest of it to you. I just wanted to make sure you don’t miss these important artworks. Also, I have a couple of interesting facts that I found on fivethirtyeight website.






Pablo Picasso 55
Henri Matisse 34
On Kawara 32
Jacob Lawrence 30
Jean Dubuffet 25
Odilon Redon 25
Ben Vautier 24
Frank Stella 23
Philip Guston 23
Joan Miró 20



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