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Engineer, Agitator, Constructor: The Artist Reinvented

May 10, 2020 – September 12, 2020

The Museum of Modern Art

The major exhibition Engineer, Agitator, Constructor: The Artist Reinvented will present the political engagement, fearless and groundbreaking visual experimentation, and utopian aspirations of artists in the early 20th century. On view in The Robert B. Menschel Galleries from May 10 through September 12, 2020, Engineer, Agitator, Constructor will showcase the activities of historical avant-gardes, including galvanizing works of Dada, Bauhaus, De Stijl, Futurism, and Russian Constructivism, and highlights such figures as Aleksandr Rodchenko, Lyubov Popova, John Heartfield, and Hannah Höch. Drawn from the Museum’s outstanding holdings from this period, the exhibition will mark a recent acquisition of more than 300 works from the Merrill C. Berman Collection, one of the most significant collections of early 20th-century works on paper in private hands.

Organized by Jodi Hauptman, Senior Curator, Department of Drawings and Prints, MoMA, and Adrian Sudhalter, Consulting Curator, with Jane Cavalier, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Drawings and Prints, MoMA.

Generous funding for the exhibition is provided by The Dian Woodner Exhibition Endowment Fund.

Additional support is provided by the Annual Exhibition Fund.

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John (born Helmut Herzfelde) Heartfield (German, 1891–1968). The Hand Has Five Fingers (5 Finger hat die Hand). 1928. Lithograph, 38 1/2 × 29 1/4″ (97.8 × 74.3 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. The Merrill C. Berman Collection

Hannah Höch, German (1889–1978). Collage (Dada). c. 1922. Original collage: cut-and-pasted papers, printed papers, ink (postmark), and postage stamp on board,  9 3/4 × 13″ (24.8 × 33 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. The Merrill C. Berman Collection

Herbert Bayer (American, born Austria, 1900–1985). Exhibition Stand (Sign) for Electrical Company, Rotating Neon Bands (Ausstellungsstand [Zeichen] for Electrical Company, Rotierende Leuchtschrift Bänder). 1924. Gouache, halftone print, and pencil on paper, 26 3/8 × 14 15/16″ (67 × 38 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. The Merrill C. Berman Collection

Max Burchartz (German, 1887–1961). Red Square (Rotes Quadrat). c. 1928. Cut-and-pasted printed and painted papers on paper, 19 11/16 × 13 9/16″ (50 × 34.5 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. The Merrill C. Berman Collection

Valentina Kulagina (Russian, 1902–1987). Maquette for We Are Building (Stroim). 1929. Gouache, cut-and-pasted halftone prints, sandpaper, and watercolor on paper, 22 5/8 × 14 1/4″ (57.5 × 36.2 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. The Merrill C. Berman Collection

Lyubov Popova (Russian, 1889–1924). The Actor’s Work Clothes, No. 7 (Prozodezhda aktera N. 7) (costume design for the play The Magnanimous Cuckold). 1921. Gouache, cut-and-pasted papers, and ink on paper, 12 15/16 × 9 1/8″ (32.8 × 23.1 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. The Merrill C. Berman Collection