Building Collections: Recent Acquisitions of Architecture / MoMA

© MoMA. Jean Tschumi (Swiss 1904-62). Nestle Headquarters. South Facade Perspective.

Currently on view at the MoMa, the Small Scale, Big Change: New Architectures of Social Engagement exhibition has provided an exciting and successful glimpse into how architecture can serve the greater needs of society. The museum just shared with us their latest news that starting in November and running through May, the Philip Johnson Architecture and Design Galleries will hosting Building Collections: Recent Acquisitions of Architecture. This exhibit will highlight the great variety of important acquisitions made by the Department of Architecture and Design since 2005, juxtaposing, in several cases, newly acquired material with works long held in the collection in order to underscore the rationale and motives behind collecting architecture at MoMA. Some of the featured pieces include models by Corbusier and sketches by Sullivan.

More about the exhibition, including images of some of the acquired pieces after the break.

The exhibition, which is organized around several thematic areas, covers the full range of MoMA’s collection from the 1890s to the present, and features such figures as Louis Sullivan, Le Corbusier, Bodo and Heinz Rasch, Jean Tschumi, Ant Farm, Paulo Mendes da Rocha, Jean Tschumi, UN Studio, Sauerbruch Hutton, and Seung H-Sang. The vast majority of models and drawings are being exhibited for the first time. Building Collections is organized by Barry Bergdoll, The Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design, and Margot Weller, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Architecture and Design, The Museum of Modern Art.

© MoMA. Farkas Molnar (Hungarian 1897-1945) Konstruction. Linocut.

© MoMA. Louis Sullivan (American 1856-1924) and Dankmar Adler (American 1844-1900) Chicago Stock Exchange. Oil on Canvas 1893.

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Cite: Karen Cilento. "Building Collections: Recent Acquisitions of Architecture / MoMA" 29 Oct 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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