‘Mural’ returns home to the UI Stanley Museum of Art after the world tour

‘Mural’ returns home to the UI Stanley Museum of Art after the world tour

After nine years of touring in Europe and the United States, Jackson Pollock’s Mural is finally based at the University of Iowa, where it will be on display when the UI Stanley Museum of Art reopens on August 26.

Stanley Museum of Art Director Lauren Lessing and museum collections staff welcomed Mural in its 3,200-pound case on July 14. After getting used to his new environment, Mural traveled in the customized freight elevator to the second floor of the museum and is now permanently exhibited in the Chris and Suzy DeWolf Family Gallery.

The 8 x 20-foot painting traveled more than 20,000 miles to 14 locations on trucks, cargo planes, and boats and was seen by more than 2.7 million people after leaving Iowa City for a planned world tour soon after. flood of 2008. Mural marks a pivotal moment in Pollock’s career and is a beacon for art lovers around the world.

The museum’s inaugural exhibit, Homecoming, will include Muralas well as over 600 works of art in all media by around 500 artists.

Volunteers are needed

Be in the center of the action during the inauguration celebration August 26-28 by volunteering to support a variety of activities throughout the museum. Find out more here.

“We are bringing home all the wonderful works of art that people have lost so much: the rock stars of the Stanley Museum of Art,” says Lessing.

The new Stanley Museum of Art building will be officially dedicated at 3pm on August 26, followed by the celebration of the inauguration from August 26 to 28.


In 2012, Mural he underwent a two-year technical study and conservation treatment by researchers at the Getty Center in Los Angeles, followed by solo exhibitions at the J. Paul Getty Museum and Sioux City Art Center in Sioux City, Iowa. As of 2015, Mural was the centerpiece of an exhibition curated by David Anfam and organized by the UI Museum of Art, ‘Mural’: Energy Made Visible by Jackson Pollock, which traveled to the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, Italy; Deutsche Bank Kunsthalle, Berlin; and Picasso Museum Málaga, Málaga, Spain. After that exhibition closed in 2016, Mural anchored further exhibitions at the Royal Academy of Art, London; Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain; Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri; National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia, South Carolina; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York City.


Mural it is considered by many to be the most important modern American painting ever made. Peggy Guggenheim, the leading modern art dealer in New York in the 1940s, wanted to present in her home a symbol of support for the new American art brand she was starting to support in her gallery. She commissioned Pollock to create a mural for her new terraced house. Pollock had to choose the subject and the dimensions of the work would be immense (more than 8 feet high and 19 feet wide), intended to cover an entire wall. At the suggestion of Guggenheim friend and adviser Marcel Duchamp, it was painted on canvas, not on the wall itself, so it would have been portable. In 1947 Guggenheim closed his gallery and returned to Europe. She acknowledged the importance of the UI studio art program, she wrote to Lester Longman, head of the UI School of Art and Art History, on October 3, 1948, reminding him that she offered to give Mural to college if he paid to have it shipped to Yale. He quickly replied that he was indeed interested and began negotiating with the university administration for the cost of transportation. Finally, in October 1951, the painting was shipped to Iowa.

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