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The Museum of Modern Art Receives Major Gift of Works by Swiss Architects Herzog & de Meuron

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The Museum of Modern Art announces a major donation of material representing nine innovative built and unbuilt projects developed and realized between 1994 and 2018 by Swiss architectural firm Herzog & de Meuron. The works have been given to the Museum by the Jacques Herzog und Pierre de Meuron Kabinett, Basel, a charitable foundation established by the architects in 2015. The 23 physical objects and accompanying digital assets—sketches, study models, presentation models, and architectural fragments, as well as digital drawing sets, photographs, and videos—were carefully selected in close collaboration with the architects to demonstrate not only the final design output, but also the design process behind each project. These works join four Herzog & de Meuron architectural projects from 1988 to 1997 and one design object from 2002 already in the Museum’s collection.

The nine projects entering MoMA’s collection demonstrate the breadth and depth of Herzog & de Meuron’s contributions to contemporary architecture. As with most of their work, some of these projects have challenged conventions of architectural materiality (Dominus Winery, Yountville, Napa Valley, California, 1995–98), structure (1111 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, Florida, 2005–10) and typology (Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg, Germany, 2001–16; 56 Leonard Street, New York, New York, 2006–17). Herzog & de Meuron have looked beyond the confines of traditional practice to enrich their architectural work, which is often the result of close collaboration with artists. In the projects showcased in the recent gift, these collaborations have involved artists Thomas Ruff (Eberswalde Technical School Library, Eberwalde, Germany, 1994–99), Michael Craig-Martin (Laban Dance Centre, London, UK, 1997–2003), and Ai Weiwei (National Stadium, The Main Stadium for the 2008 Olympic Games, Beijing, China, 2002–08). Finally, Herzog & de Meuron’s long engagement with Basel’s vital art world and with artists such as Joseph Beuys and Rémy Zaugg has decisively informed their large repertoire of architectural projects designed to allow visitors to experience modern art in novel ways. Two such projects, one private residence (Kramlich Residence and Collection, Oakville, Napa Valley, California, 1997–2018) and one museum (CaixaForum, Madrid, Spain, 2001–08), are included in this selection.

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Herzog & de Meuron (Basel, est. 1978), Thomas Ruff (German, born 1958). Eberswalde Technical School Library, Eberswalde, Germany. 1994–1996. Exterior view. Photo © Architekturzentrum Wien, Collection, photo: Margherita Spiluttini.

Herzog & de Meuron (Basel, est. 1978), Thomas Ruff (German, born 1958). Eberswalde Technical School Library, Eberswalde, Germany. 1994–1996. Façade panel. Silkscreen on concrete, 2 3/8 × 59 1/16 × 28 1/8″ (6 × 150 × 71.5 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of the Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron Kabinett. Photo © Jacques Herzog und Pierre de Meuron Kabinett, Basel.

Herzog & de Meuron (Basel, est. 1978). Kramlich Residence and Collection, Oakville, Napa Valley, California. 1997–2003. Presentation model. Wood, acrylic, and lighting system, 10 5/8 × 55 1/8 × 27 9/16″ (27 × 140 × 70 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of the Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron Kabinett. Photo © Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron Kabinett, Basel.

Herzog & de Meuron (Basel, est. 1978). Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg, Germany. 2001–2003. Technical building services digital model. 2012. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of the Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron Kabinett. Photo © Jacques Herzog und Pierre de Meuron Kabinett, Basel.

Herzog & de Meuron (Basel, est. 1978). Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg, Germany. 2001–2003. Interior. Photo © Iwan Baan.

Herzog & de Meuron (Basel, est. 1978). Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg, Germany. 2001–2003. Volume study, scale 1:500. Foam and copper wire, 6 1/8 × 8 1/4 × 6 1/2″ (15.5 × 21 × 16.5 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of the Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron Kabinett. Photo © Jacques Herzog und Pierre de Meuron Kabinett, Basel.

Herzog & de Meuron (Basel, est. 1978). 1111 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, Florida, USA. 2005–2008. Exterior view. Photo © Huffton+Crow and MBEACH1, LLLP.

Herzog & de Meuron (Basel, est. 1978). 1111 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, Florida, USA. 2005–2008. Exhibition model, scale 1:90. Oak, 18 11/16 × 26 × 22 1/16″ (47.5 × 66 × 56 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of the Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron Kabinett. Photo © Jacques Herzog und Pierre de Meuron Kabinett, Basel.

Herzog & de Meuron (Basel, est. 1978). 56 Leonard Street, New York, New York, USA. 2006–2008. Exterior view. Photo © Iwan Baan.

Herzog & de Meuron (Basel, est. 1978). 56 Leonard Street, New York, New York, USA. 2006–2008. Floor plans. Digital drawing files. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of the Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron Kabinett. Photo © Jacques Herzog und Pierre de Meuron Kabinett, Basel.

Jacques Herzog (Swiss, born 1950). National Stadium, Bejing, China. 2002. Sketch. Pencil and collage on paper, 11 11/16 × 16 9/16″ (29.7 × 42 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of the Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron Kabinett. Photo © Imaging and Visual Resources, MoMA, NY