In almost total solitude, the few visitors thoroughly enjoyed the works of Monet, Picasso or Van Gogh, when the Museum of Modern Art in New York (MoMA) was the first in the city to reopen its doors after almost six months of closure. for coronavirus. With the temperature control on the door, the use of a mandatory mask and a capacity reduced to less than 25% of the maximum capacity, the MoMA welcomed its first visitors with the great “I love New York” logo of the great designer Milton Glaser painted in the entrance.
Visitors must book their ticket online and as the museum allows for a maximum of 100 people per hour to be visited, it is not easy to obtain. But when they do, they can stay in the museum for as long as they want and enjoy the works like never before, in solitude, without tourists or phones.
“It’s a little sad that it took all of this to recreate the experience of coming to MoMA in my youth, before the tourists, before the expansion. It’s amazing,” said Alan Orenbuch, a 66-year-old retiree who is a member. of the museum. and after admiring the works he sat in the garden reading the newspaper, among sculptures by Rodin, Picasso and Giacometti.
“I like it when the galleries aren’t crowded and people don’t talk and people don’t take pictures (…) Before, MoMA only attracted people interested in seeing art. In recent years, it attracted people who had the museum in the their list of places to visit when they come to New York, “he explained.
Visitors wandered through the almost deserted galleries, absorbed for long minutes before Picasso’s “The Young Ladies of Avignon” or Van Gogh’s “The Starry Night”.
Sonya Shrier, director of visitor relations at MoMA, celebrated that the museum can offer “a place to reflect and come together in safety”. “This is a great time to visit the museum, there are fewer people,” he said.
The reopening of MoMA “is a symbol that New York is becoming itself again,” she estimated. The largest of New York’s museums, the Metropolitan, will reopen this Saturday and the rest plans to open between September and early October.
Visitors strolled through the almost deserted galleries, absorbed for long minutes before Picasso’s “The Young Ladies of Avignon”, or Van Gogh’s “The Starry Night”
New York City was the epicenter of the pandemic in the United States in April and May, recording more than 23,000 deaths from the virus. But in recent weeks, the authorities have managed to control it and the current infection rate is less than 1%.
Yes, Kim, a 29-year-old Korean who has lived in New York for six years, visited the
MoMA with her sister to say goodbye, as she will move to her country in two weeks due to the pandemic. “I wanted to come to MoMA one last time. We loved it, we’re so lucky to be here,” he said. “The best part is it’s empty.”
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