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Anna-Eva Bergman Donation to the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris


Anna-Eva Bergman Donation from the Fondation Hartung-Bergman to the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris

October 20 – November 19, 2017

Never before has such a large and complete group of works by Anna-Eva Bergman become part of a public or private collection.With 15 canvases, 15 works on paper, 5 “mini-paintings," and 67 prints, the Fondation Hartung-Bergman is making an exceptional donation to the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, which already holds a 1964 canvas and three engravings.The donation is motivated by a conviction that the MAMVP, where the artist was presented in a remarkable 1977-1978 exhibition, has the ability to make her oeuvre known and appreciated.

While Anna-Eva Bergman has long been widely represented in Norwegian institutions, this donation allows France to catch up and broaden, on the national and international level, the artist’s recent surge in recognition.

The donation concentrates on the second part of Anna-Eva Bergman’s career—the essential part, to her mind—when she decided, after the war, to give up illustration and dedicate herself to "an art of abstracting," in her own words, which would cover three decades of creation (from 1950 until her death in 1987). The selection of works was conceived and structured to allow a full understanding of the nature and development of that production.The ensemble is not merely coherent, but representative of the artist’s different periods: experimentation and development of first formal archetypes in the paper works of the early 1950s; maturation of non-figurative vocabulary and use of metal leaf in the second half of the 1950s; evolution of new themes and an increasingly expansive esthetic in the 1960s; purification and simplification of forms beginning with her move to Antibes in 1973 until 1987. The 67 prints, in addition, display chronologically the repertoire of Bergman’s themes and their successive transformations, as well as her skill as a printmaker. 

The Fondation Hartung-Bergman, with this generous donation, acts in its mission of public interest and is overjoyed to see Anna-Eva Bergman enter into French public collections.Many other projects, in parallel with this donation, will be undertaken in the coming years to establish unshakably her importance in the history of the 20th century. 

Frontispiece illustration: View of the exhibition at the Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris, october 2017 © Pierre Antoine