John Cage, "4'33" (In Proportional Notation)" (1952/1953), ink on paper, each page: 11 x 8 1⁄2" (27.9 x 21.6 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Acquired through the generosity of Henry Kravis in honor of Marie-Josée Kravis, 2012. © 2013 John Cage Trust (all images courtesy MoMA)

John Cage, “4’33” (In Proportional Notation)” (1952/1953), ink on paper, each page: 11 x 8 1⁄2″ (27.9 x 21.6 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Acquired through the generosity of Henry Kravis in honor of Marie-Josée Kravis, 2012. © 2013 John Cage Trust (all images courtesy MoMA)

The original version of John Cage’s “4’33” (In Proportional Notation)” will go on display at the Museum of Modern Art as part of There Will Never Be Silence: Scoring John Cage’s 4’33” (October 12, 2013–June 22, 2014).

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