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Can a country build a new identity through architecture? Explore the extraordinary work on view in "Toward a Concrete Utopia: Architecture in Yugoslavia, 1948–1980” and judge for yourself. Open this Sunday, July 15–January 13, 2019. #ConcreteUtopia
[Image: Berislav Šerbetić and Vojin Bakić. Monument to the Uprising of the People of Kordun and Banija. 1979–81. Petrova Gora, Croatia. Exterior view. Photo: Valentin Jeck, commissioned by The Museum of Modern Art, 2016]


Many directors and actors have been associated with the kung fu genre, Hong Kong cinema’s most unique creation, but no one compares to Lau Kar-leung (1937–2013), aka Liu Chia-liang, as a purist of the genre and the kung fu form. Lose yourself in Lau’s intricately choreographed and performed fight scenes now through July 17. Tickets and showtimes at (link in bio)
↖️ Check our Story for a deep dive into kung fu films with associate curator La Frances Hui, and watch the full episode of HOW TO SEE Martial Arts Films at


The spirit of the studio comes to the galleries next Saturday, July 21. Join #PopRally for an evening of artistic and musical performances exposing the rituals and labor of art making, inspired by works on view in #GundStudioVisit.

A musical performance and DJ set by Yatta will channel the child-like improvisational energy of Glenn Ligon’s “Graduating Girl (Version 2) #1,” while painter and sculptor Torkwase Dyson takes cues from Wolfgang Laib’s “Milkstone” to consider the gestural language of building and maintaining sculpture.
See the full artist lineup and purchase tickets at (link in bio)
Image details:
[1] Glenn Ligon. “Graduating Girl (Version 2) #1.” 2000. Silkscreen ink and oil crayon on canvas. Gift of Agnes Gund in honor of Dr. Akosua Barthwell Evans. ©️ 2018 Glenn Ligon
[2] Yatta Zoker ©️ 2018 Edwina Hay
[3] Wolfgang Laib. “Milkstone.” 1978. Carrara marble and milk. Gift of Agnes Gund. ©️ 2018 Wolfgang Laib
[4] Torkwase Dyson ©️ 2018 Torkwase Dyson


“Each of us must take part in globalization for it to revolutionize the entire world. Relations between countries and cultures must be handled with respect and consideration. We must listen to one another.” —Bodys Isek Kingelez

While he didn’t travel outside of Zaire until 1989, Kingelez was deeply attuned to international affairs. “Centrale Palestinienne” (1994) is constructed in the red, green, and white of the Palestinian flag—likely Kingelez’s way of acknowledging the first Oslo Accord, which had been signed a few months earlier and affirmed Palestine’s right to self-government. Explore one artist’s optimistic alternatives to city life in #KingelezCityDreams.

[Artwork details: Bodys Isek Kingelez. “Centrale Palestinienne.” 1994. Paper, paperboard, plastic, and other various materials. COLLECTION PROSPER - The Prosper Collection Courtesy Aeroplastics Contemporary, Brussels. ©️ Bodys Isek Kingelez]


“What I am searching for is neither the real nor the unreal, but the subconscious, the mystery of what is instinctive in the human race.” –Amedeo Modigliani

The Italian painter, draftsman, and sculptor known for his iconic, stylized portraits was born #otd in 1884. Explore Modigliani’s brief, tormented life and his restless energy to produce in the catalogue for MoMA’s 1951 retrospective at #MoMACollection
[Artwork details: #AmedeoModigliani. “Reclining Nude.” c. 1919. Oil on canvas. Mrs. Simon Guggenheim Fund]


☀️🇨🇩🎶 The sounds of Kinshasa and New York City come together in #MoMAGarden tomorrow for Summer Thursdays. @nkumukatalay & the “Life Long Project” Band join us to celebrate Congolese artist Bodys Isek Kingelez’s #KingelezCityDreams and soak up the sun with live music, light fare, and groundbreaking art.

The fun begins at 5:30pm. Regular Museum admission applies. Seating is first-come, first-served.
📷: Nkumu Katalay. Photo: Rodez Lincifort


Take a closer look at the remarkable work that emerged when Yugoslavia set out to create a distinct architectural identity. Member previews for "Toward a Concrete Utopia: Architecture in Yugoslavia, 1948–1980” begin today. Open to the public this Sunday, July 15! Learn more at #ConcreteUtopia
[Image details: Monument to the Fighters Fallen in the People’s Liberation Struggle, Ilirska Bistrica, Slovenia. 1965. Architect: Živa Baraga. Sculptor: Janez Lenassi. 2016. Photo: Valentin Jeck, commissioned by the Museum of Modern Art]


Explore the radical visions of Iranian-American theater artist Reza Abdoh, in a new film series presented in conjunction with @MoMAPS1’s current #RezaAbdoh exhibition. A self-described member of “a TV generation,” Abdoh voraciously incorporated references to music videos, variety shows, film, dance, classical texts, BDSM, and more into his work, with equal parts poetry and rigor. Discover the moving images that played an essential role in the artist’s large-scale, interdisciplinary productions beginning in the mid-1980s.

Tickets for July 14-23 screenings at (link in bio)


What does Heaven on Earth look like? Curatorial Fellow Hanna Girma shares Congolese artist Bodys Isek Kingelez’s vision for his country—and the world—for #ArtSpeaks. #KingelezCityDreams
#ArtSpeaks, a day of community and conversation led by Museum staff, will return this fall. Full gallery talks are on our Facebook page at


A brilliant yellow Madonna from German contemporary artist Katharina Fritsch’s “Group of Figures” shines in #MoMAGarden, as part of our #ArtistsChoice exhibition curated by Peter Fischli. The artist based the dazzling figure on cheap souvenir figurines sold near church pilgrimage sites in Germany and France, and even produced the Madonna as a small-scale multiple, creating a high-art doppelgänger of the commercial souvenir.

[Artwork details: Katharina Fritsch. “Yellow Madonna” from “Group of Figures.” 2006-08 (fabricated 2010-11). Bronze, copper, and stainless steel, lacquered. Gift of Maja Oeri and Hans Bodenmann (Laurenz Foundation). ©️ 2017 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn]


Restart and refresh at #QuietMornings this Wednesday, July 11 with crowd-free access to #KingelezCityDreams and #MoMACollection galleries beginning at 7:30am, plus a guided meditation led by Buddhist monk and Buddhist Insights cofounder Bhante Suddhaso. Tickets available at
[Artwork details: Bodys Isek Kingelez. "Air Force." 1991. Paper, paperboard, and other various materials. CAAC - The Pigozzi Collection, Geneva. ©️ Bodys Isek Kingelez. Photo: Carly Gaebe / Steadfast Studio]


“Watching a Lau Car-leung film is similar to watching an illustrated guide or documentation of kung fu and its philosophy.”

Film curator La Frances Hui discusses the kung fun genre and why Lau Kar-leung has been hailed as the grandmaster of kung fu films in a new episode of HOW TO SEE. Watch the full episode at on (link in bio)

The #MoMAFilm series “The Grandmaster: Lau Kar-leung” screens through July 17! More info at