The Norton and Nancy Dodge Collection of Nonconformist Art from the Soviet Union is a testimony to the strength of the human spirit under the oppressive rule of totalitarian regimes worldwide. The Collection presents artists from Ukraine, Belarus and Russia, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Turkmenistan, who stood for their freedom of expression, despite the harassment and prosecution that they faced from Soviet-era authorities. These artists’ resistance to the constraints imposed on all aspects of life at that time gains new relevance today and should strengthen our resolve to preserve the open societies they fought for.
Leonhard Lapin, Holes in the Head, 1972. Gouache on paper. Norton and Nancy Dodge Collection of Nonconformist Art from the Soviet Union. Collection Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University. Photo Peter Jacobs.
Art of the Americas
The Zimmerli's American art collection, numbering more than 16,500 objects, includes paintings, sculpture, works on paper (prints, drawings, and photographs), and decorative arts.
The Zimmerli’s collection of European art in all media ranges in date from the Renaissance to the present and totals close to 10,000 objects, with its primary strength in French nineteenth-century works on paper, notably prints and rare books.
Russian Art & Soviet Nonconformist Art
The Zimmerli’s Russian and Soviet nonconformist art holdings contain over 22,000 objects and provide a unique overview from the fourteenth century to the present.
The Asian collection is comprised of prints, books, and photographs, primarily from nineteenth-century Japan. Highlights include over 200 woodcuts from the late eighteenth through the twentieth centuries.
Original Illustrations for Children's Literature
The Collection of Original Illustrations for Children’s Literature has nearly 4,000 works, including original drawings and preparatory materials that document the book making process.