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Modern Art

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Ages Play Time Players
10+ 45-60 minutes 3-5

Designer(s): Reiner Knizia

Publisher(s): Mayfair Games

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Product Description

Going once... Going twice... Sold! Congratulations! You're now the proud owner of a fine work by an aspiring artist. Who knows... he could become the next Picasso! Of course, he could also be the next Trueba. What, you've never heard of Trueba? Don't worry, no one has. He all but disappeared after his first painting sold for... oh, about the same price you just paid. Not to worry though, I'm sure yours will be worth... something.

In Modern Art, players compete to gain the most money by buying and selling paintings at auctions and reselling them for profit. The game consists of four rounds--in each, works by up to five Artists will be offered for sale, and auctioned off in various ways. Players take on the roles of art dealers / collectors. It is their decision which artworks to sell, and how to sell them. So, successful players must balance two aims, firstly collecting the best artworks for their own collections, forwarding the careers of those artists from whom they have most to gain--and at the same time, raising as much money as possible by successfully auctioning off those works that don't fit their own strategy, and picking up their own fancies as cheaply as possible.

All players take turns running the auctions, which come in many different styles. Whoever offers the top bid owns the painting and sells it at the end of the round. The price the painting fetches is based on the popularity of the artist and how well his paintings have sold in the past. The player with the most money at the end of four rounds of buying and selling wins.

These Art Dealers dream of fame and riches, but dreams can vanish in an instant, leaving the player with a gallery full of last year's art, unwanted and valueless. Only those with a nose for tomorrow's tastes today will rise to the top of the Art world!

This is a re-release of the classic art market manipulation game designed by Reiner Knizia, with improved components and a lower price!

Product Information

  • Designer(s): Reiner Knizia

  • Publisher(s): Mayfair Games

  • Year: 2004

  • Players: 3 - 5

  • Time: 45 - 60 minutes

  • Ages: 10 and up

  • Weight: 400 grams


  • 1 scoring board
  • 70 art cards
  • 5 auction house screens
  • money chips
  • 15 market value chips
  • rulebook
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Product Reviews


Average Rating: 4.6 in 19 reviews

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by Andy
Tight auction battle till the end...
August 11, 2004

This is a very good game if you have a group of gamers that love a battle of wits. How much do you ask for a painting, do you bid up other players and them stop bidding when you think they payed too much? Lots of fun choices and you have the ability to catch up with the right cards in your hand.

I would give it five stars but the game doesn't seem to have enough chips for five players. The banker is kept very busy trying to keep each player with the right amount of small value chips (which are need to closed auctions). If there were more of these low value chips then the game would be a better value. I checked with Mayfair and they don't offer additional chips.

Wonderful auction game
July 11, 2004

This is my favourite game, I really like modern art. It looks like they have changed the board and art used in the game slightly from the original english version I played with. However the basic game mechanics in this game are wonderful. A great simple auction game and my favourite game.

by Marc
Strategic Flexibility Required.
July 01, 2002

I still prefer Adel Verflichtet to this game, but I'd give this game a close 2nd place with auction games. The 5 different auctioning elements are pretty straight forward. There are plenty of options for developing strategic play by overpricing and/or underbidding a hyped up work of art that you plan to undercut with other works making these higher priced buys worthless at the end of the round when you or someone else closes the auction house. The 'building' dollar amounts create an exciting tension when trying to see how you can make the most money as the latter rounds begin. You definitely have to be flexible to succeed at this one.

Note: this review refers to a different release of this product.

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