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Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
Former name
The Fort Worth Art Museum
Location3200 Darnell Street
Fort Worth, Texas 76107
United States
TypeArt museum
AccreditationAmerican Alliance of Museums
Collections Modern and Contemporary Art
DirectorMarla Price
ArchitectTadao Ando[1]

The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth (widely referred to as The Modern) is an art museum of post-World War II art in Fort Worth, Texas with a collection of international modern and contemporary art. Founded in 1892, The Modern is located in the city's cultural district in a building designed by architect Tadao Ando which opened to the public in 2002. The museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums[2] and holds a permanent collection with more than 3,000 works of art.[3]



The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth was first granted a Charter from the State of Texas in 1892 as the "Fort Worth Public Library and Art Gallery", evolving through several name changes and different facilities in Fort Worth. The mission of the museum is "collecting, presenting and interpreting international developments in post-World War II art in all media."


The museum's current building was designed by Japanese architect Tadao Ando and opened to the public on Saturday, December 14, 2002. Michael Auping, (chief curator at the museum from 1993 - 2017),[4] worked closely with Ando during the five-year design process to ensure that the interior spaces would also meet the display needs of the curators and artists.[3] The building features three long pavilions set into a reflecting pond and provides 53,000 square feet (4,900 m2) of gallery space for exhibitions. In 2019, the building was selected as the Best Designed Building in Texas by Architectural Digest.[5] Ando's structure is located within the city's Cultural District, home to the adjacent Kimbell Art Museum and the Amon Carter Museum.[6]


The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth maintains one of the foremost collections of international modern and contemporary art in the central United States.[6] The majority of works in the collection are dated in between 1945 and present.[7] Various movements, themes, and styles are represented, including abstract expressionism, color field painting, pop art, and minimalism, as well as aspects of new image painting from the 1970s and beyond, recent developments in abstraction and figurative sculpture, and contemporary movements in photography, video, and digital imagery.

The Permanent Collection includes more than 3,000 works with pieces by Pablo Picasso, Philip Guston, Anselm Kiefer, Robert Motherwell, Susan Rothenberg, Jackson Pollock, Martin Puryear, Gerhard Richter, Richard Serra, Mark Rothko, Agnes Martin, Cindy Sherman, Mark Bradford, and Andy Warhol.[8]

The Modern has grown their collection with acquisitions of major works from key contemporary American and international artists including Kaws, Kehinde Wiley, Martine Gutierrez, Lorna Simpson, Japanese artist Takashi Murakami, Nigerian-born artist Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Mexican conceptual artist Mario García Torres, Iranian-born artist Kamrooz Aram, German sculptor and photographer Thomas Demand and Kenyan-American visual artist Wangechi Mutu.[9]



  1. ^ Lloyd, Ann Wilson (2004-01-25). "ART/ARCHITECTURE; If the Museum Itself Is an Artwork, What About the Art Inside? (Published 2004)". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-10-31.
  2. ^ Peterson, Linda. "Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth". Texas State Historical Association. Retrieved 2020-10-31.
  3. ^ a b Lloyd, Ann Wilson (2004-01-25). "ART/ARCHITECTURE; If the Museum Itself Is an Artwork, What About the Art Inside? (Published 2004)". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-10-31.
  4. ^ Russeth, Andrew (2017-07-14). "Michael Auping, Longtime Chief Curator of Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Retires". ARTnews. Retrieved 2020-10-31.
  5. ^ Mafi, Nick (May 22, 2019). "The Best-Designed Building in Every U.S. State". Architectural Digest. Retrieved 2020-10-31.
  6. ^ a b Arcspace (October 10, 2012). "The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth". ARCspace. Danish Architecture Center. Retrieved 2020-10-31.
  7. ^ "Mission | Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth". Retrieved 2019-02-28.
  8. ^ The Modern: About, Artinfo, 2008, retrieved 2008-07-21
  9. ^ Fong, Billy (2020-03-03). "Alison Hearst is the Nonconforming Curator — Get to Know The Modern's Thoughtful Revolutionary". PaperCity Magazine. Retrieved 2020-10-31.

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