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The Joy of Color: The Merzbacher Collection

October 7, 1998-February 16, 1999
Location: Unspecified location
Artist: Derain, Braque, Matisse, Vlaminck, Friesz. Der Brücke; Pechstein, Schmidt-Rottluff, Heckel, Mueller, Nolde, and Kirchner. The Blue Rider (Der Blaue Reiter); Kandinsky, Jawlensky, Marc, Campendonk, Münter, Werefkin, and Feininger. Klee. Beckmann, Barlach, Rohlfs, and Kokoschka. Lipchitz, Leger, Severini, Boccioni, Kupka and Delaunay. Goncharova, Exter, Popova, Rozanova and Larionov. Chagall and Modigliani. Ernst and Masson. Bill, Lohse, and Glarner. Hofmann, Francis, Nay, and Riopelle. Calder, Mo
Media: Painting and sculpture
The Werner and Gabrielle Merzbacher Collection was, to a large extent, a well-kept secret until the presentation of this landmark exhibition. It was principally known to museum professionals, who drew upon it for loans to art institutions world wide. This landmark exhibition provided the public with an opportunity to explore for the first time the range and quality of this remarkable ensemble of Modern Art treasures. Comprising 139 paintings and sculptures, the earliest works in the collection include Impressionists, Post-Impressionists and a spectacular Blue Period Picasso. The focus of the collection is, however, on the Fauves and German Expressionists.