Big news for art fans in New York: The Museum of Modern Art has acquired the Daled Collection, one of the key collections of American and European Conceptual art from the 1960s and 1970s. The collection includes 223 works across all mediums, assembled between 1966 and 1978 by the Brussels-based collectors Herman J. Daled and Nicole-Verstraeten. The collection also has a wide grouping of works by Marcel Broodthaers—a unique ensemble of some 60 works—as well as by Vito Acconci, Daniel Buren, James Lee Byars, Dan Graham, and Niele Toroni, among many others. As a counterpart to this collection, the Museum will also acquire the collectors' archives, containing photographs, letters, notes, and additional materials relating to the works and also documenting the historical context in which the collection was formed.
The Museum has also acquired a major group of works from the collection of exhibition organizer, publisher, and dealer Seth Siegelaub, a key supporter of artists working in dematerialized art practices in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The collection includes 20 defining works of Conceptual art by Vito Acconci, Robert Barry, Douglas Huebler, On Kawara, Joseph Kosuth, Robert Smithson, and Lawrence Weiner, all of whom moved away from the traditional production of objects and chose instead to explore language, sound, time, movement, or mapping as their primary mediums. In addition, Seth Siegelaub and the Stichting Egress Foundation have donated to The Museum of Modern Art Archives Siegelaub's own archives, containing correspondence, photographs, notes, exhibition proposals, and many other significant documents that offer a tremendous resource to scholars of this period.
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