Herzog & de Meuron gifts collection of architectural sketches and models to MoMA
New York’s Museum of Modern Art has just had a major injection of architectural mastery courtesy of a donation from Herzog & de Meuron. The Swiss firm has gifted a tranche of design drawings, photographs, models and other materials to the museum, bolstering MoMA’s holding of archive material relating to the studio and its architecture collection in general.
Later this year a project to expand the design display space within MoMA will complete, and some of the 23 new works donated by Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron’s charitable foundation will go on public display.
Sketch in pencil and collage on paper by Jacques Herzog of the National Stadium, Beijing, China. 2002. Gift of the Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron Kabinett to the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Photography: © Imaging and Visual Resources, MoMA, NY
In total, the museum now has an extensive physical record of nine key Herzog & de Meuron projects spanning the period 1988 to 2015, from the Domus Winery in Napa Valley, to the concrete complex at 1111 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, and the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg.
The donated materials include original sketches, working models, presentation models, CAD sets, renders, movies and artworks, all charting the evolution and working practices of one of the most compelling studios at work today. The multi-award winning firm was set up in 1978 and has a long-standing connection with the US, completing a number of major cultural and residential projects across the country. §