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Deutsche Bank and "The MoMA in Berlin"

On February 20, 2004, the exhibition of a century, The MoMA in Berlin, will be opening in Berlin's New National Gallery. More than two hundred of the most important works of the 20th century from the collection of New York's Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) will be on display, including paintings by Kandinsky, Beckmann, Picasso, Matisse, Dali, Hopper, and Pollock. Visitors are led through the most important art epochs of the last century, from works of the late impressionists through Classic Modernism and on to contemporary art. Deutsche Bank is the main sponsor of the exhibition, which will be accompanied by an extensive program of special events. 

Vincent van Gogh
Sternennacht (The Starry Night)
©The Museum of Modern Art, New York
Erworben durch: Lillie P. Bliss Bequestl

The exhibition will be bringing together the greatest artists of the 20th century and presenting a cross-section of their most important works, including several that are not ordinarily allowed to travel, such as The Dance by Henri Matisse or The Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh. Extensive construction work in the world-famous New York museum has been partly responsible for this unusual cooperation. The new museum in Midtown Manhattan, designed by Yoshio Taniguchi, is scheduled to be opened in the winter of 2004-05 - just in time for MoMA's 75th birthday celebration. With its approximately 650,000 square feet of space, the new museum will be almost twice as large as the old one.

Marcel Duchamp
Fahrrad-Rad (Bicycle Wheel), 1951
Dritte Version nach Verlust des Originals von 1913
©The Museum of Modern Art, New York
The Sidney and Harriet Janis Collection
©Succession Marcel Duchamp / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2003

It's no coincidence that the world-famous MoMA collection isn't going to be shown in Paris, London, or Frankfurt - but in Berlin. The Museum of Modern Art in New York and Berlin's New National Gallery have been enjoying a close friendship for some time. In an interview, Prof. Dr. Peter-Klaus Schuster, general director of Berlin's State Museums and director of the New National Gallery in Berlin, said: "And so everything was extremely favorable for the dinner we held in Berlin in the spring of 2002 with Glenn Lowry, director of MoMA, and Peter Raue, chairman of our Association of the Friends of the National Gallery. Glenn told Raue about the extensive construction work ahead of MoMA in 2004 and his idea of sending the world-famous collection on a European tour throughout this time. He was speaking about Paris, London, or Frankfurt as possible locations. Peter Raue objected immediately and, to our great delight, was able to convince him over the course of the evening that there was only one place in Europe for a project of this kind, and that was Berlin, of course."

Pablo Picasso
Drei Musikanten (Three Musicians), 1921
©The Museum of Modern Art, New York
Mrs. Simon Guggenheim Fund
©Succession Picasso / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2003

The MoMA in Berlin is not only an artistic event; it is also a historical one. In 1927, the founding director of MoMA, Alfred. H. Barr, visited the new department of the National Gallery in the Kronprinzenpalais. He was impressed by Ludwig Justi's concept of setting up a museum exclusively for modern art. At the same time, Barr was fascinated by the Bauhaus. He hoped that Mies van der Rohe, architect and director of the Bauhaus, would design MoMA's first museum building. Although this never came about, van der Rohe built the New National Gallery. Now, with the most important works from the MoMA collection being shown in the seventy-fifth year of its existence for seven months in a museum designed by Mies van der Rohe, history comes full-circle.

Roy Lichtenstein
Ertrinkendes Mädchen (Drowning Girl), 1963
©The Museum of Modern Art, New York
Philip Johnson Fund (by exchange) und
Schenkung Mr. und Mrs. Bagley Wright
©VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2003

As in the MoMA itself, the exhibition will be organized into individual art historical periods: from the beginnings of modern art (Paul Cezanne, Georges Seurat, Vincent van Gogh, Paul Gaugin, James Ensor, Edvard Munch, Gustav Klimt, Henri Rousseau, Andre Derain, Georges Braque, Wassily Kandinsky, Claude Monet) through Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso; Cubism and Abstraction (Juan Gris, Marc Chagall, Robert Delaunay, Fernand Leger, Giacomo Balla, Carlo Carra, Umberto Boccioni, Constantin Brancusi, Kasimir Malevich, Ljubov Popova, Ivan Puni, Alexander Rodchenko, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, Piet Mondrian, Theo van Doesburg, Stuart Davis, Georgia O'Keeffe); fantastic art, Dada, and Surrealism (Marcel Duchamp, Francis Picabia, Man Ray, Giorgio de Chirico, Paul Klee, Rene Magritte, Max Ernst, Yves Tanguy, Salvador Dali, Joan Miro, Hans Arp, Andre Masson, Alberto Giacometti, Meret Oppenheim, Alexander Calder, Joseph Cornell, Louise Bourgeois); new human images (Auguste Rodin, Aristide Maillol, Gaston Lachaise, Elie Nadelman, Amedeo Modigliani, Jacques Lipchitz, Otto Dix, Max Beckmann, George Grosz, Pierre Bonnard, Balthus, Edward Hopper); new American painting (Willem de Kooning, Arshile Gorky, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Barnett Newman, Ad Reinhardt, Robert Motherwell, Franz Kline, David Smith, Adolph Gottlieb, Hans Hofmann, Helen Frankenthaler, Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, Cy Twombly, Ellsworth Kelly); the art of the real (Edward Ruscha, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Jim Dine, Tom Wesselmann, Claes Oldenburg, Frank Stella, Robert Ryman, Donald Judd, Dan Flavin, Tony Smith, Sol Le Witt, Richard Tuttle, Richard Serra, Eva Hesse) to the latest contemporary art (Bruce Nauman, Richard Artschwager, Philip Guston, Gerhard Richter).

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