Photo: Henrik Kam

Open Ended

Painting and Sculpture since 1900


Floor 2

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.

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.

Entry to this exhibition is included with general admission. Tickets are available now; advance online purchase is highly recommended.

Header image: Photo: Henrik Kam

Exhibition Preview

  • Artwork image, Ruth Asawa Untitled 1958

    Ruth Asawa, Untitled (S.114, Hanging, Six-Lobed Continuous Form within a Form with One Suspended and Two Tied Spheres), ca. 1958; collection SFMOMA, Phyllis C. Wattis Fund for Major Accessions; © Estate of Ruth Asawa; photo: Katherine Du Tiel

  • Artwork image, Henri Matisse's Femme au Chapeau

    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

  • Artwork image, Mark Rothko's No. 14, 1960, 1960
    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
  • Artwork image, Marcel Duchamp Fountain

    Marcel Duchamp, Fountain, 1917/1964; collection SFMOMA, purchase through a gift of Phyllis C. Wattis; © Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris / Estate of Marcel Duchamp; photo: Ben Blackwell

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Composing Nature: Paul Klee and John Cage

Oct 21, 2017–Mar 11, 2018

Explore the vital role of nature in the art of Swiss-born modernist Klee and pioneering composer Cage.

On view on Floor 2.

Image: Paul Klee, Garten der Leidenschaft (Garden of Passion), 1913; collection SFMOMA, gift of the Djerassi Art Trust