The Museum of Modern Art Announces the First Major Publication on René d’Harnoncourt, Director of the Museum From 1949 to 1968, Who Revolutionized Exhibition Installation Methods

Posted on November 16, 2018

The Museum of Modern Art is proud to announce the publication of René d’Harnoncourt and the Art of Installation, the first major volume on the life and work of René d’Harnoncourt, director of the Museum from 1949 to 1968, who revolutionized the way art exhibitions are conceived of and mounted. His genius for installation design and display, documented in elaborate preparatory drawings he created at each step of his process, guided a methodology that has informed how exhibitions are organized to this day. Written by Michelle Elligott, Chief of Archives, Library, and Research Collections at MoMA, the publication delves deep into the Museum’s Archives, including d’Harnoncourt’s correspondence and hundreds of sketches, to present both a concise biography of a fascinating figure and a detailed study of his pioneering approach to exhibiting works of art. The main essay is followed by a portfolio of 13 exhibitions he installed between 1930 and 1968, and a richly illustrated personal chronology.

Major support is provided by The Contemporary Arts Council of The Museum of Modern Art, and by The Museum of Modern Art’s Research and Scholarly Publications endowment established through the generosity of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Edward John Noble Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. Perry R. Bass, and the National Endowment for the Humanities’ Challenge Grant Program.

The Museum of Modern Art Announces the First Major Publication on René d’Harnoncourt, Director of the Museum From 1949 to 1968, Who Revolutionized Exhibition Installation Methods


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