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MoMA

FROM THE DIRECTOR

April 2014 at MoMA

Glenn_lowry_2005Dear Friends:

The emergence of spring brings with it new ways to appreciate life in the city, making it an ideal time to plan a visit to MoMA. Beginning April 19, we will present the first comprehensive retrospective of Sigmar Polke—and one of the largest exhibitions ever organized at the Museum—featuring more than 250 works in a range of mediums spanning the prolific artist's entire career. Among the highlights on view are 13 of Polke's films, including eight that have never been exhibited before.

In the theaters the second installment of The Aesthetics of Shadow continues, this time highlighting directors and cinematographers from America and Europe for whom lighting has played a pivotal role. Beginning on April 16, we present a retrospective of director Marco Bellocchio's 50-year career, including newly restored 35mm prints of many of his features, documentaries, and shorts. Our sweeping survey of the city of Vienna on film continues through April 20, featuring Jem Cohen's Museum Hours (2012), Max Ophuls's Liebelei (1933), and Ernst Schmidt's Wienfilm 1896–1976 (1977), among many other gems.

All year long MoMA offers opportunities for visitors to engage with art and the Museum in new and unexpected ways, and if you haven't already I encourage you to explore these programs this month. Come see a live performance of Jannis Kounellis's Da inventare sul posto (To invent on the spot) with a violinist and a ballerina as part of Ileana Sonnabend: Ambassador for the New before April 21; take an artist-led workshop on modernism and American craft on April 26 and 27; or join us for a Modern Mondays event—video and performance artist Shana Moulton on April 14, and filmmaker Eloy Encisco Cachafeiro on April 21—where contemporary artists present their work through conversation.