The French art dealer Paul Rosenberg (1881–1959) is renowned for his role in representing such artists as Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse, and his archives have long been of use to museum professionals and scholars. This exhibition, the first public display of selections from this collection, traces Rosenberg’s long history and wide-ranging influence, from the Paris gallery and its international networks before World War II through the war years and the establishment of the New York galleries, and concluding with the postwar years and later decades. The materials on view reveal the evolution of Rosenberg’s relationships with artists and dealers through years of cultural upheaval and broadening of the creative field. Given that some components of the archives predate MoMA’s founding, this exhibition offers a unique look at the cultural and art historical context for the establishment of the world’s first museum of modern art.
Organized by Donald Prochera, Project Associate Archivist.
Funding for the processing and creation of a finding aid for the Paul Rosenberg Archives was provided by the Leon Levy Foundation, the Art Dealers Association of America, and by the Library Council and the Trustee Committee for Museum Archives, Library and Research of The Museum of Modern Art.