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)

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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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