UIMA sets international record for Iowa art exhibition


The University of Iowa Museum of Art set an all-time record for people attending the popular international premier of its art exhibition entitled Jackson Pollock’s Mural: Energy Made Visible.  Over 253,590 people visited the Pollock show at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, Italy, during the Venice Art Biennale from April 23 to November 16, 2015.  The exhibition curated by American Modern Art expert Dr. David Anfam, was held under the auspices of the US State Department’s United States Diplomatic Missions program, and thus had the honor of representing American art during this international exposition.

The exhibition Jackson Pollock’s Mural: Energy Made Visible presents Pollock’s influential first commission Mural along with more than forty masterpieces by other great artists such as Lee Krasner, Roberto Matta, Gjon Mili, Barbara Morgan, David Smith, Robert Motherwell, and Andy Warhol.  Most of the works are from the University of Iowa collection, but the show also includes loans from the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection and others, including private collectors.

“This exhibition, and accompanying lectures and presentations, from the University of Iowa Museum of Art constitutes one of the highest, if not the highest, achievement for an Iowa organized exhibition on the world stage.  What it tells people everywhere is that the art collection at the University of Iowa is clearly one of the most significant in American Modern Art, and what it tells people from Iowa is that they should be proud of this heritage and Iowa’s role in developing American and World culture during the 20th century.”

The exhibition tour is accompanied by a fully illustrated book by Dr. David Anfam, published by Thames & Hudson, and is available at all good bookstores and online.

The exhibition has since opened in Berlin, Germany, at the DeutscheBank KunstHalle (through April 10), and will open at the Museo Picasso in Malaga, Spain, on April 21 (through September 11).

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Art handlers de-installing UIMA Pollock exhibition at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, November 2015.  Image © Sean O'Harrow