Open Ended: Painting and Sculpture, 1900 to Now


Floor 2

Entry to this exhibition is included with general admission.

This presentation of masterworks and experimental pieces from SFMOMA’s collection of painting and sculpture explores themes that have shaped the history of modern art from the early twentieth century to our own time. Organized as a series of chapters, the exhibition focuses on revolutionary ideas, geographical centers, individual artists, and relationships between artists.

Together, the works in Open Ended explore the complexities and even contradictions of modern and contemporary art, suggesting new interpretations of the museum’s collection, and examining the passions and beliefs that have spurred artists’ creativity in a rapidly changing world.

On View

Artwork image, Frida Kahlo's Frieda and Diego Rivera, 1931
Artwork image, Henri Matisse's Femme au Chapeau
Artwork image, Mark Rothko's No. 14, 1960, 1960
Sargent Johnson, Forever Free, 1933; collection SFMOMA; gift of Mrs. E. D. Lederman; © Estate of Sargent Johnson

Frida Kahlo, Frieda and Diego Rivera, 1931; collection SFMOMA, Albert M. Bender Collection, gift of Albert M. Bender; © Banco de Mexico Diego Rivera & Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, Mexico, D.F. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York; photo: Don Ross

Henri Matisse, Femme au chapeau (Woman with a Hat), 1905; collection SFMOMA, bequest of Elise S. Haas; © Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York; photo: Ben Blackwell

Georgia O’Keeffe, Lake George [formerly Reflection Seascape], 1922; collection SFMOMA, gift of Charlotte Mack; photo: Ben Blackwell

Mark Rothko, No. 14, 1960, 1960; collection SFMOMA, Helen Crocker Russell Fund purchase; © 1998 Kate Rothko Prizel & Christopher Rothko / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York; photo: Ben Blackwell

Joan Brown, Noel in the Kitchen, ca. 1964; collection SFMOMA, Bequest of Dale C. Crichton; © Estate of Joan Brown

Reinstallation of the painting and sculpture collection is supported in part by the Henry Luce Foundation and an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.