The Gerard Bonnier Collection
Gerard Bonnier (1917-1987), director of the Albert Bonnier publishing house in 1953-1978, bequeathed works from his collection to Moderna Museet in 1989. The collection comprises mainly classical modernism and is conspicuously the result of diligent and knowledgeable efforts. Gerard Bonnier was the chairman of Föreningen för nutida konst (Society of Contemporary Art) in 1948-1951, a forerunner of the Friends of Moderna Museet, which he chaired from 1961 to 1977. Through these two activities, he also promoted many of the acquisitions that have put their stamp on the Moderna Museet collection. In the book Donation Gerard Bonnier (1989), Ulf Linde (1929-2013), art critic and close friend of Gerard Bonnier, describes Bonnier’s collection as: “... a work with its own laws that he [Gerard Bonnier] wanted to explore and yield to.” The collection includes Joan Mirós Head of Catalan Peasant, 1925, Pablo Picassos The Painter from 1930, and Juan Gris Fruit Bowl on Blue Table Cloth from 1916.
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© Constantin Brancusi/Bildupphovsrätt 2020
Country:Romania (63)
On View:Stockholm
Constantin Brancusi
1876 - 1957
Romania Le Nouveau-Né II, 1919-1921
Den nyfödde II
The Newborn II
White marble
16,5 x 25 x 17,5 cm (6 1/2 x 9 13/16 x 6 7/8 in.)
Purchase 1961 with contribution from The Friends of Moderna Museet, Carina Ari, Gerard Bonnier, Sten Hellner, Charles Nilsson, Hildur Nordin and Ivar Philipson
NMSK 1795 On view at Stockholm
- About the work
Constantin Brancusi was a pioneer, who renewed  20th century plastic arts. He left Rumania for Paris at age 28, never belonged to any group but were in the circle of the Dadaists. He worked for a long time on the same motif, which developed in series. With each iteration he strove to reduce and simplify the forms. The head of an infant was a theme that Brancusi worked on intermittently from 1906. The title of the egg-shaped marble sculpture is indicative, as its shape is almost entirely abstract. Brancusi himself wrote: "What is it you see when you see a newborn child? A wide-open mouth gasping for air. Every newborn baby comes into the world angry because it has been brought there against its will." Brancusi’s quest was to find the inner essence of each work that he made.
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