The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, established in 1929, is one of the most revered repositories of some of the world’s most famous artworks. The MoMA library alone is said to include about 300,000 books and exhibition catalogues, more than 1,000 periodical titles, and more than 40,000 files of ephemera. The museum even acknowledges art and design in the automotive industry, as seen by the recent induction of a 1965 Fiat 500 to its exhibition floors. MoMA is speculated to have bought the car in 2017 and it is one of a few automotive art pieces owned by the museum. The legendary Italian mini car is on display as part of a new exhibition called The Value of Good Design. The chosen pieces aim to tell the story of industrial design, and the classic Fiat connects themes found in other pieces in the collection. The Dante Giacosa-designed Fiat Cinquecento (500 in Italian) debuted in 1957 and in quick time its home nation and the rest of Europe grew fond of its cute self, officiall...

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