Maurice Sendak Collection
Since the late 1960s, the Rosenbach has been privileged to have on loan some ten thousand works of art created by Maurice Sendak. These have been shared in countless exhibitions, publications and programs over the course of nearly half a century.
After Sendak’s death in 2012, his Estate began forging plans to build a museum near his former residence in Connecticut that will be devoted exclusively to the artist. In order to achieve this goal, the Estate will begin to transfer the many works currently on deposit at the Rosenbach to Connecticut over the course of the next few months. The exhibition that is currently on display at the Rosenbach, “Sendak in the Sixties,” will remain on view through November 2nd as scheduled, and offers visitors a wonderful opportunity to see his work. In accordance with Sendak’s wishes, the Rosenbach will continue to create exhibitions of his work, though no decision has been made about when the next show will take place. The Rosenbach does own certain work made by Sendak, and this will remain a valued part of the collection. In addition, the so-called “Chertoff Mural,” Sendak’s only work in that medium, will continue to be owned by the Rosenbach and displayed with its interpretive materials for public enjoyment.
Beyond his collection, Maurice Sendak will always hold a singular place in the Rosenbach’s institutional heart and memory. He served as a member of the Rosenbach board beginning in 1973, and continued as an honorary member until his death, most recently serving as Honorary President. The importance of Mr. Sendak’s ﬁnancial support for the institution cannot be overstated, either. He contributed some $3 million to the Rosenbach over the years, and it is in part thanks to this spectacular generosity that the museum’s endowment is now at a record high level. In addition, Sendak bequeathed a large number of rare books and manuscripts to the Rosenbach that will be featured in future exhibitions.
We wish the Sendak Estate every success in creating a new museum devoted to this remarkable artist. The Rosenbach is very proud of its legacy, and grateful to have had the artist’s trust and commitment for so many years.