Missed Matisse’s show in 1929 or Björk’s retrospective last year? You can now see what all the fuss was about with this online archive of its exhibitions
For any art geek, there’s a missed exhibition that sits solely on our minds. Perhaps you couldn’t afford the entry fee, couldn’t make the trip, couldn’t get out of bed (yep, for the entire three months it was on) or simply weren’t born yet. These are all fair reasons for missing an unmissable exhibition.
MoMA feels you, and earlier this month it launched a comprehensive online exhibition history. A database, of sorts, that catalogues exhibitions from the year it was founded, 1929, to today. So that means you can stop kicking yourself about Henri Matisse’s 1931 show (or his 1993 retrospective), Phillip Lorca-DiCorcia’a Strangers (1993), Warhol’s Screen Tests (2003), Tim Burton’s retrospective (2009), Kraftwerk’s retrospective (2012) and Björk’s retrospective (2015). With over 3,500 exhibitions accessible, you can soothe your guilt with a gallery of installation views, press releases, checklists, and catalogues, as well as lists of included artists.
The press release explains, “By making these unique resources available at no charge, the exhibition history digital archive directly aligns with the Museum’s mission of encouraging an ever-deeper understanding of modern and contemporary art and fostering scholarship.”
MoMA plans to continue to update and develop the archive and hopes to include thousands of film series in future.
Click here to start exploring art history