U of I’s Pollock Painting L.A.-Bound for Conservation
Jackson Pollock’s iconic and controversial painting, “Mural,” will be headed west to Los Angeles for nearly two years.
The University of Iowa will ship the abstract ex
The piece, valued at $150 million in 2008 and considered by some as the most significant painting since World War II, will remain in Los Angeles for 21 months before returning to Iowa. Research and conservation is scheduled to last 18 months, followed by three months of public display at the museum.
“The technical study will reveal some really interesting information about what kind of paints (Pollock) used, about how he used them. I think that’s a fascinating part of the story,” said museum spokeswoman Melissa Abraham, who noted the conservation and research will be performed free of charge.
Abraham said U of I museum officials contacted Getty about performing the work. Getty has partnered with museums around the world to conserve renowned works of art, including the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and the Prado Museum in Madrid, Spain.
Last year, Rep. Scott Raecker, R-Urbandale, proposed to sell the painting, which is 20 feet wide and 8 feet tall, to fund student scholarships. The idea of a sale had been previously floated by former Regent Michael Gartner to fund need-based scholarships, with a provision that the painting be lent back to the university on a regular basis.
The proposed sale last year sparked a strong backlash from other regents, U of I leaders and the arts community around the country. They warned it would chill future donations to Iowa’s public universities and would likely to lead to a lawsuit. Art collector Peggy Guggenheim donated the painting to the university in 1951.
The painting will be on display until July 15 at the Des Moines Art Center, where an exhibition started in April that is open to the public and free of charge. The exact date for the painting’s shipment to Los Angeles has not been decided, officials said.
“Mural” was previously housed at Davenport’s Figge Museum because of flood damage that occurred in 2008 to the university’s art museum in Iowa City.
By Agencies, 27/06/2012