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Morning at the Museum

New York is slowly recovering from the pandemic. The city still has pulse, despite what people who fled are saying. It is obvious that everyone is eager to make the most out of what the city has to offer, especially now that museums have started to open.

One of the most exciting ones is the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). I was disappointed that I did not get to see it before everything closed down, so I really wanted to make sure I see it as soon as it reopened.

Having booked in advance (the only way to prepare a visit nowadays), we patiently got into the quite hefty line that was winding around the street corner. However, the wait was not too long and shortly after we were in.

I was completely amazed and impressed with the vast collection – I even have to confess I could not see everything in one day, but vouched to return in winter to complete the visit. From what I did see, I was most inspired by the work of Donald Judd, an American artist that uses common, everyday resources to create impressive pieces of art. Humble materials such as metal plates, industrial plywood, concrete and color-impregnated Plexiglas became the principal mean of expression in his work. I love the idea of elevating regular, unpretentious raw materials to a level in which the initial condition is transcended, and the humble object becomes so much more than the sum of its parts.

I am excited to return to finish seeing the entire collection. This visit did spark my curiosity to explore the history of the museum, for which I am preparing a different entry altogether. Stay tuned!

Theodor Harasim

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