It took three years to transform and expand the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) but it was well worth the wait! With nearly three times more gallery space than before, the stunning 7-floor museum features a vast collection of modern and contemporary art, photography and sculpture. And SFMOMA’s transformed digital program creates a cutting-edge experience for all of its visitors, including a groundbreaking new mobile app to help people engage and learn. We got a sneak peek prior to the museum’s May 14, 2016 opening to the public… and in a word, the newly expanded museum is “breathtaking!” We’ve highlighted below some of the favorite parts of our tour.
The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk
March 24 – August 19, 2012
“Beauty exists everywhere”
– Jean Paul Gaultier
Calling all fashionistas! You won’t want to miss this dynamic exhibition devoted to celebrated French haute couture designer Jean Paul Gaultier, one of the most important designers of our era. It is without doubt one of the most creative and extraordinary exhibits we’ve ever seen. And what better place to see it than at the de Young museum in San Francisco – the exclusive west coast venue. As you enter the exhibit, you’ll see lifelike animated mannequins, draped in signature Gaultier designs, illuminated against a royal blue backdrop — it couldn’t be more visually stunning. Some of the mannequins’ facial features and movements are so lifelike and surreal, you’d swear they were human… we kid you not! Watch the video below and see for yourself.
Exposed: Voyeurism, Surveillance, and the Camera Since 1870
(October 30, 2010 thru’ April 17, 2011)
Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Modern Century
(October 30, 2010 thru’ January 30, 2011)
If you’re into photography in any way, shape or form, you definitely won’t want to miss these two timely and provocative exhibitions now on display at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
“Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cézanne and Beyond:
Post Impressionist Masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay”
September 25, 2010 – January 18, 2011
If you liked the previous exhibit (“Birth of Impressionism”), you’re gonna love this one even more… I know we did! The second of two exhibitions from the Musée d’Orsay’s permanent collection “Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cézanne and Beyond: Post Impressionist Masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay” is on display at the de Young Museum in San Francisco (it runs thru’ January 18, 2011).
“Calder To Warhol: Introducing the Fisher Collection”
June 25-September 19, 2010 at SFMOMA (San Francisco Museum of Modern Art)
“Calder To Warhol: Introducing the Fisher Collection” – a major exhibition drawn from the 1,100 works in the Fisher Collection – showcases more than 160 artworks (paintings, sculptures, photographs and video works).
“City of Light” comes to the “City by the Bay” — check out this exciting new exhibit!
“Impressionist Paris: City of Light” exhibit opens June 5, 2010 at San Francisco’s Legion of Honor and runs ’til September 26, 2010. The Impressionist exhibit highlights the work of Paul Gauguin, Pierre Auguste-Renoir, Georges Seurat, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Henri-Jacques-Edouard, James Tissot, Alphonse Mucha, Auguste Louis Lepere… and more!
Birth of Impressionism: Masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay exhibit
May 22 – September 6, 2010
We can’t wait to see this new exhibit from the Musée d’Orsay (our favorite museum in Paris) – it opens at the de Young Museum in San Francisco, California on May 22, 2010 and runs to September 6, 2010. It’s sure to be a spectacular exhibit.
“Birth of Impressionism: Masterpieces from the Musee d’Orsay” will be followed in the fall of 2010 by a second exhibit – “Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cezanne and Beyond: Post Impressionist Masterpieces from the Musee d’Orsay.” The de Young is the only museum in the world to host both of the Masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay exhibitions, and this particular combination of paintings will never travel again – so get your tickets now before they sell out.
The NEW Walt Disney Family Museum officially opens to the public on Thursday, October 1, 2009. It’s a “must-see” for Disney fans – we enjoyed reliving childhood memories of our favorite Disney characters and classic movies. We spent several hours at the museum and only just scratched the surface. You may want to consider becoming a member so that you can visit the museum throughout the year.