Christie’s is pleased to present the outstanding private art collection of Edwin A. and Lindy Bergman which they put together over a sixty-year period and includes some of the earliest and most iconic works by Joseph Cornell.
Edwin A. Bergman, 68, was president and chairman of the U.S. Reduction Co., an aluminum-recycling company headquartered in Lansing.
He is founder and former president of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago.
The Bergmans were renowned patrons of the arts and outstanding philanthropists, who set a standard as supporters of art institutions, education and medical research.
The Bergman collection will be sold over five separate sales this Spring, in the categories of Modern art, Post-War and Contemporary Art, Latin American Art and 20th Century Decorative Art.
In addition to the extraordinary Cornells, their collection includes major works by Alexander Calder, Pablo Picasso, Matta, Lucas Samaras and Wayne Thiebaud.
Edwin and Lindy Bergman were especially committed to the Art Institute of Chicago and notably donated works from their Surrealist collection to the museum, as well as a selection of Cornell’s boxes and collages.
The Bergman’s gifts are now a core element of that museum’s permanent collection and are displayed in the Edwin A. and Lindy Bergman Gallery located in the Modern Wing.
Additional works from the Bergman Collection have also been donated to the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Israel Museum.
Laura Paulson, who is Christie’s Chairman and International Director for Post-War and Contemporary Art, said:
“It is an honour to present this exquisite collection which reflects the unique and inquisitive eye of Edwin and Lindy Bergman. Their legacy demonstrates the power of passion, collaboration and dedication to the art and their community. They acquired the works they loved, and built a collection that is both unusual in its depth and intensely personal.”
The public will now have the opportunity to view the depth and beauty of the Bergman Collection in a dedicated exhibition at Christie’s until May13th.”