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Over the past forty years, Merrill C. Berman has built a collection of avant-garde art and graphic design
that is comparable in scope and depth to the collections of institutions such as the Stedelijk Museum in
Amsterdam and The Museum of Modern Art in New York. The collection is strong in twentieth century
European art of the interwar period (1918-1939)—Dada, Bauhaus, Futurism, Neue Sachlichkeit, Russian
Constructivism—but it also includes work of adjacent periods and geographical regions as they relate to
key collecting interests. The collection includes well-known artists such as John Heartfield, Gustav
Klutsis, Valentina Kulagina, El Lissitzky, E. McKnight Kauffer, Aleksandr Rodchenko, and Jan Tschichold,
but also those who may be less familiar such as Lou Loeber, Lydia Naumova, Josef Peeters, Ladislav
Sutnar, and Nikolai Sedel’nikov. It represents a complex history of modernism in which avant-garde
artists actively produced both fine and applied art—commercial and political—often in communication
with each other.

Merrill C. Berman has long supported scholarly inquiry and the realization of exhibitions and
publications in the United States and abroad. This website provides an overview of the collection and its
long-standing role as a resource. Only a small part of the holdings, however, are represented here. If
you are interested in learning more about any aspect of the collection, please direct your email to:
mcbcollect@mindspring.com.


Herbert Bayer, Section Allemande, 1930