Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth – Forth Worth, Texas

The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth (widely referred to as The Modern) is an art museum of post-World War II art in Fort Worth, Texas with a collection of international modern and contemporary art. Founded in 1892, The Modern is located in the city’s cultural district in a building designed by architect Tadao Ando which opened to the public in 2002. The museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and holds a permanent collection with more than 3,000 works of art.

The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth exemplifies the work of Japanese architect Tadao Ando through its simple geometry, incorporation of the natural environment, and minimal material selections. Five long, flat-roofed pavilions appear to float atop the 1.5-acre reflecting pond, which is reminiscent of other Ando projects.

Constructed with only concrete, steel, aluminum, glass, and granite, the museum is perfectly reflected in the surrounding pond. Beautiful trees and hills enclose the museum, which is typical of Ando’s architecture. Through its pure design, the museum has a striking presence as a modern work of art.

In addition to 53,000 square feet of soaring, light-filled gallery space and landscaped grounds with outdoor sculptures, the museum features a reflecting pond, theater, elegant private event facilities, education center, gift shop, and café, creating a thriving hub for our community and beyond.

History

The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth was first granted a Charter from the State of Texas in 1892 as the “Fort Worth Public Library and Art Gallery”, evolving through several name changes and different facilities in Fort Worth. The mission of the museum is “collecting, presenting, and interpreting international developments in post-World War II art in all media.”

Collections

The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth maintains one of the foremost collections of international modern and contemporary art in the central United States. The majority of works in the collection are dated between 1945 and the present. Various movements, themes, and styles are represented, including abstract expressionism, color field painting, pop art, and minimalism, as well as aspects of new image painting from the 1970s and beyond, recent developments in abstraction and figurative sculpture, and contemporary movements in photography, video, and digital imagery.

The Permanent Collection includes more than 3,000 works with pieces by Pablo Picasso, Philip Guston, Anselm Kiefer, Robert Motherwell, Susan Rothenberg, Jackson Pollock, Martin Puryear, Gerhard Richter, Richard Serra, Mark Rothko, Agnes Martin, Cindy Sherman, Francis Bacon, and Andy Warhol.

The Modern has grown their collection with acquisitions of major works from key contemporary American and international artists including Kaws, Kehinde Wiley, Martine Gutierrez, Lorna Simpson, Mark Bradford, Japanese artist Takashi Murakami, Nigerian-born artist Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Mexican conceptual artist Mario García Torres, Iranian-born artist Kamrooz Aram, German sculptor and photographer Thomas Demand and Kenyan-American visual artist Wangechi Mutu.

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