With its initial collection in the 1930s featuring Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, SFMOMA set the stage for bringing vibrant, cutting-edge art to the public. It was the first to exhibit Matisse on the west coast, offered Jackson Pollock’s first ever solo exhibition, and recognized the importance of major photographers starting in the 1950s.
Major Works Abound
Under one roof, visitors can find Picasso, Stieglitz, O’Keefe, and Close–and literally hundreds more major artists. Visiting SFMOMA is akin to a crash course in modern art history. Its world-renown collections feature painting, photography, design, and performance.
SFMOMA was one of the first museums to recognize new artforms–television and film have their due here. It continues to explore new forms–often commissioned by the museum itself–to bring to the public new experiences in digital media, interactive display, and performance.