The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, aka The Modern, is an awe-inspiring museum that opens your eyes to other cultures and perspectives. With over 53,000 square feet of gallery space, The Modern is one of the larger museums in Fort Worth.
It describes itself as a post-World War II art museum, with most of the works created after 1945. There is a wide-ranging permanent collection and exhibitions rotate throughout the year. The museum features paintings, prints, sculptures, and photos by acclaimed artists from all over the world.
About the The Modern
The Modern is a 2-story building designed by Japanese architect Taladao Ando and was completed in 2002.
The building’s foyer is enormous and includes large ceilings and excellent views of the outdoor scenery. The information booth is at the far end of the foyer where you can purchase a ticket and enter the gallery.
Before you buy a ticket, step outside to admire the pond that wraps around the north side of the building. The walls next to the pond are made of transparent glass and appear to rise up from the water. The design creates the impression the building is actually floating on the pond.
The gallery area includes two floors with multiple rooms. The rooms are extremely spacious and easy to navigate, even when the museum is crowded. Most of the rooms showcase artwork from the permanent collection of the museum. Other rooms are used for ongoing exhibitions.
If you get hungry during your visit, fine dining is available at Cafe Modern. The restaurant is located inside the museum and offers excellent views of the museum’s landscaping.
Works of Art
The permanent collection includes over 3,000 works of art, but not all pieces can be displayed in the galleries. Yes, the museum is massive in size, but it still has to make room for the exhibitions that rotate throughout the year. The gallery areas contain most of the artwork, but the larger sculptures can be spotted outside near the pond and in front of the building. Below is some of the artwork from the permanent collection.
The Etruscan (L’etrusco)
You never know what’s around the corner when exploring The Modern. One of the side rooms in the gallery features The Etruscan, a bronze sculpture of an ancient figure staring into a large wall mirror. Natural light from a nearby window beautifully reflects off the mirror and the sculpture itself.
Femme couchée lisant
The museum is home to many masterpieces, like this painting named Femme couchée
Book with Wings
Book of Wings is a prominent sculpture that demands your attention. It was created by artist
Scull’s Angel is a steel sculpture made with compressed car parts.
At first glance, you might mistake the artwork called Seascape as a large print. But it’s actually a realistic painting.
Kind of Blue
Twenty-Five Colored Marilyns
Andy Warhol was famous for his paintings of celebrities and other figures, like this one of Marylin Monroe.
Ladder for Booker T. Washington
Surrounded by concrete walls, “Ladder for Booker T. Washington” appears to rise into space with no end in sight. On the balcony upstairs, you can also see the top half of this sculpture.
It’s a good thing the museum has large spaces to display their collection. Some works of art take up the entire floor area, like this 31-foot sculpture named “Slit” by Carl Andre.
Conjoined is a sculpture that catches the attention of visitors who venture outside by the pond. The stainless steel trees are gravitating towards each other, instead of towards the overhead sunlight.
Hina was created using pieces of driftwood were cast in bronze. The life-size horse was created by Deborah Butterfield of Montana in 1991.
One of the larger sculptures at the museum, Clean Slate stands 21 feet high and weighs over 12,000 pounds. The Mickey Mouse-like character is carrying two small children and overlooks the pond on the north side of the building.
The massive sculpture near the parking lot is named Vortex. Many visitors don’t realize you can walk inside the sculpture, and get a closer look of the 67-foot rustic walls made of steel.
Location & Parking
The museum is located in the Cultural District and adjacent to the Kimbell Art Museum. The parking spaces that surround the building fill up fast on weekends, especially if there’s a popular exhibition. But there are plenty of parking spaces available in the lot across Darnell Street in front of the building.
|Cost:||$16.00 for 18 and over|
Free if under 18
|Address:||3200 Darnell St|
Fort Worth, Texas 76107