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Installation photograph of the exhibition “Bauhaus: 1919-1928,” which was on view from Dec. 7, 1938, through Jan. 30, 1939.

MoMA Releases Digital Archive of More Than 30,000 Exhibition Images

The Museum of Modern Art has announced that it has released an extensive digital archive that chronicles its exhibitions from when the museum opened its doors in 1929 to today.

The archive features more than thirty-five hundred exhibitions and more than thirty-three thousand installation photographs, as well as primary documents such as press releases, checklists, catalogues, and artist lists.

Michelle Elligott, chief of the museum’s archives, told the New York Times, “This is like a dream come true for me, because I’ve been playing around with this material for twenty years and I know the depth of what’s here.”

Elligott, who worked with Fiona Romeo, the director of digital content and strategy, to realize the “living archive,” said that they made some surprising discoveries while working on the project. They learned that the date of the first show dedicated to a female artist was actually earlier than they previously thought. Titled “Creative Growth, Childhood to Maturity,” the 1939 exhibition presented works by Dahlov Zorach Ipcar. They also found that Pablo Picasso has been included in 320 exhibitions at the museum, which is more than any other artist.

In a statement, MoMA said, “By making these unique resources available at no charge, the exhibition history digital archive directly aligns with the museum’s mission of encouraging an ever-deeper understanding of modern and contemporary art and fostering scholarship.”

This new digital archive is accessible on MoMA’s website.

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