Some 200 artworks from the MoMA collection, which together offer a superb overview of modern art from 1880 to the present. Visitors to the Neue Nationalgalerie will be guided through the various historical epochs of art in the twentieth century, each of which is marked out by the most significant artists and works of the time in a trajectory spanning from the late Impressionists, through Classical Modernism to the contemporary.
In the year ahead, the Museum of Modern Art, New York (MoMA) will be exhibiting over 200 of its most significant works at the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin. Indeed it is the very first time that the MoMA collection, with its plethora of iconic artworks from the previous century including ''The Dance'' by Matisse, van Gogh's ''Starry Night'' and Lichtenstein's ''Drowning Girl'', will be on show to audiences outside America in such a comprehensive and impressive format.
''MoMA in Berlin'' is scheduled to run from February 20 - September 19, 2004 and promises an experience of modern art with a diversity and quality hitherto unprecedented in Europe.
With more than 200 major works, the most famous art collection in the world from the Museum of Modern Art, New York is set to make a guest appearance for seven months at Mies van der Rohe's Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin, which will be its only port of call in Europe. Indeed, it was in 1920s Berlin that this unique museum collection had its intellectual and spiritual roots. It was here, in the former Kronprinzenpalais, Unter den Linden - which was the Nationalgalerie's department for recent contemporary art - that the legendary founding director of the Museum of Modern Art, Alfred H. Barr Jr., discovered some of the most progressive art of the time and resolved to open the best Modern museum in New York. MoMA has been collecting the canon of Modernism ever since.
Visitors to the Neue Nationalgalerie will be guided through the various historical epochs of art in the twentieth century, each of which is marked out by the most significant artists and works of the time in a trajectory spanning from the late Impressionists, through Classical Modernism to the contemporary. CÃ©zanne, Chagall, Picasso, DalÃ and Modigliani from Europe alongside the great American artists such as Hopper, Pollock, Warhol and Johns are only some of the many outstanding artists to be seen.
''MoMA in Berlin'' resonates with Berlin's artistic tradition in two obvious respects: ''On the one hand, the exhibition references the early twentieth century, which was the time at which Berlin was the most significant location for the art now known as Classical Modernism,'' posits Prof. Dr. Peter-Klaus Schuster, Director General of the State Museums of Berlin and Director of the Nationalgalerie. ''On the other hand,'' adds Schuster, ''Alfred H. Barr, MoMA's founding director, would have very much liked to have engaged Mies van der Rohe, the last director of Bauhaus, as architect for the MoMA building in New York.'' And now, in MoMA's seventy-fifth year of existence, things have come full circle: MoMA's modern masterpieces will ''reside'' for seven months at the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin.
With the event of ''MoMA in Berlin'', these masterpieces from the MoMA collection fuse together with the architecture of the Neue Nationalgalerie to become an ensemble beyond compare. As Prof. Dr. Peter Raue, Chairman of the Friends of the Nationalgalerie Foundation, explains: ''The most stunning German museum - Mies van der Rohe's Neue Nationalgalerie - will be emptied entirely; even the sculptures on the terrace and in the garden will disappear where, of course, it is technically possible. For the duration of the exhibition, the Neue Nationalgalerie will be MoMA, only MoMA in Berlin! - This is set to be the ultimate art event in Germany for 2004!''
''MoMA in Berlin'' is an exhibition organized by the State Museums of Berlin, the Berliner Festspiele and the Museum of Modern Art, New York, under the auspices of the International Council. The exhibition was made possible by the Friends of the Nationalgalerie Foundation and is supported by Deutsche Bank AG.
Image: Jackson Pollock, Full Fathom Five, 1947. Courtesy The Museum of Modern Art New York, Pollock Krasner Foundation Bonn
The exhibition catalogue features all works included in the exhibition with approximately 400 pages of large, color plates. It is available for purchase at the museum bookstore in softcover for 29 Euros. The hardcover edition will be published by Hatje Cantz and distributed at regular bookstores.
Foreword by Glenn D. Lowry (Director of the Museum of Modern Art, New York) and Peter-Klaus Schuster (Director General of the State Museums of Berlin and Director of the Nationalgalerie)
Introduction by John Elderfield
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