Rosenbach Museum & Library presents Maurice Sendak. A Legacy

Rosenbach Museum & Library presents Maurice Sendak. A Legacy , an exhibition on view through 05/26/2013.

The exhibition features around 65 objects, to honor his 65-year career, in a salon-style exhibition. The most comprehensive exhibition of Sendak’s work ever on view to the public, this “rumpus on the walls” offers visitors a look into the life, work, and vast accomplishments of Sendak. The exhibition will feature three distinct rotations during the yearlong commemoration, highlighting new items every four months.

“I take solace in knowing that our responsibility to share Maurice’s legacy with the world will allow us to use his art inspire generations to come. This exhibition allows us to take an important step in that direction,” said Derick Dreher, the John C. Haas Director of the Rosenbach and longtime friend of Sendak. “The opportunity for ‘kids of all ages’ to surround themselves with original artwork from all parts of Sendak’s remarkable career will distinguish this exhibition from any other show of his work and should not be missed.”

The Rosenbach is home to more than 10,000 works of art and related materials by Sendak including items from the 1940s through the early 21st century in various media including watercolor, pen-and-ink, and pencil. The collection also includes prints, acrylic paintings, dummy books, publisher’s proofs, manuscripts and typescripts, first editions of all Sendak titles, foreign editions, posters, and videos.

In 1966, Sendak first visited the Rosenbach Museum & Library, following a tip that the Rosenbach was home to important collections of Herman Melville, by far his favorite author. He found not only Melville in the collections, but Nathaniel Hawthorne, Emily Dickinson, William Blake, and many other giants from the nineteenth-century canon that defined Sendak’s literary, artistic, and musical tastes. In 1968, he began to place his original drawings for the various books he had illustrated on deposit at the Rosenbach. His relationship with the museum continued to grow in strength for the rest of his life. –

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