Over the past 40 years, Merrill C. Berman has amassed a collection of avant-garde art and graphic design, 324 pieces of which The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) has now acquired. As one of the most significant collections of early 20th-century works on paper, the acquisition focuses on the core of Berman’s collection: works that demonstrate experimentation as well as the social and political engagement of artists in this period.
As well as demonstrating the breadth of themes explored, the acquisition is a visual timeline giving an overview of the major avant-garde movements – Dada, the Bauhaus, de Stijl, Futurism and Russian Constructivism. The collection includes examples of the period’s pioneering typography and dynamic use of photomontages with works from Aleksandr Rodchenko, Lyubov Popova, John Heartfield and Hannah Höch.
“Long admired by our curators across the museum for its outstanding representation of the avant-garde activities of the first decades of the 20th century, the Merrill C. Berman Collection is a transformative addition to the museum’s holdings,” remarks Glenn D. Lowry, director of The Museum of Modern Art. “In bringing this private collection to the public, this acquisition offers the possibility of sharing new and complex stories of the period with our visitors while making rare historical materials available to scholars.”
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