Legacies for Iowa: A University of Iowa Museum of Art Collections Sharing Project


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Legacies for Iowa:

A University of Iowa Museum of Art Collections Sharing Project


Figge Art Museum

225 West Second St., Davenport, IA

The first display of art from the UIMA at the Figge Art Museum, Legacies for Iowa features some of the most important paintings in the UIMA collection. The exhibition explores each painting's distinctive qualities, revealing each work as remarkable in its own right, while also suggesting how the objects and their makers interrelate to create a tapestry of complex and fascinating stories.

The scope of the exhibition spans seventy years of Modern Art, from Lyonel Feininger's 1909 A Street in Paris to Philip Guston's 1979 Ramp. Paintings by Feininger and Alexej von Jawlensky, among others, showcase hallmarks of European Modernism, while wartime works by Max Beckmann, Henri Matisse, Joan Miró, Pablo Picasso, Marsden Hartley, and Robert Motherwell tap into the intensely humanistic feelings and internationalism of the period.

Nearly all of the pieces in the exhibition were fully or partially donated to the UIMA, said UIMA Chief Curator Kathleen Edwards, who organized the show. "We chose the word 'legacy' for the exhibition title because it has to do with what the past provides for the future," Edwards said. "We explore both the significance of the individual paintings that are included in the show and how they came to the museum."

Each painting in the exhibition is an iconic example of visual experimentation, innovation, reformation, and transformation—all themes that reside at the heart of the UIMA's remarkable collections.