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Glenn Lowry: 5 times 50 seconds

With the director of the world’s most famous museum of modern art

On 11 October an exhibition of 200 artworks opened at the Louis Vuitton foundation to tell the story of Moma in New York, from its opening in 1929 up until its expansion in 2019. When it is all displayed at once, thematically and chronologically, it seems particularly relevant. And furthermore, the exhibition begins by recounting, with its Cézannes and Picassos, the birth of this modernity which emerged principally in Europe and proved fascinating to Americans, including Alfred Barr, the mythical first director of the institution. The exhibition is unusually structured, weaving informal links between artworks where strictly speaking there are none. The room dedicated to geometric abstraction, for example, displays a section from the original façade of the United Nations headquarters near artworks by Sol Lewitt, Carl André and Ellsworth Kelly. This is a form of abstraction emerging from the lines of the megacity.