Lasansky and Motherwell exhibitions open at UI Museum of Art
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Museum of Art will present
two exhibitions, "Mauricio Lasansky: The Nazi Drawings," and
"Robert Motherwell: The A la Pintura Series," June 7 through
Both exhibitions are free and open to the public.
"Mauricio Lasansky: The Nazi Drawings" is a series of pencil,
wash and earth-color drawings with collage that examine the brutality of
Nazi Germany. The 30 drawings and one triptych in the set are very large,
with life-sized figures. They were created in 1966 to international acclaim.
The complete set was last shown in Iowa in 1976.
Commenting on the subject of these works, Lasansky has said: "Dignity
is not a symbol bestowed upon a man, nor does the word itself possess force.
Man's dignity is a force and the only modus vivendi by which man and his
history survive. When mid-20th-century Germany did not let man live and
die with this right [of dignity], man became an animal."
Lasansky was born in Argentina in 1914 and has been a resident of the
United States since 1943. An emeritus professor at the UI, he is retired
from his position as director of printmaking at the School of Art and Art
History. His art has appeared in more than 80 one-man exhibitions since
1943 and is currently housed in more than 75 museums and galleries worldwide.
"Robert Motherwell: The A la Pintura Series" is a collection
of the etchings Motherwell created as an homage to his love of painting.
Inspired by Rafael Alberti's poem of the same name, Motherwell executed
"A la Pintura" with master printer Donn Steward, a graduate of
the UI School of Art and Art History, between 1968 and 1972. The exhibition
features 21 color prints and an English translation of Alberti's poem.
Motherwell was introduced to the work of Alberti and other European
modernists while he was a student of philosophy and aesthetics at Harvard.
He is regarded as one of the foremost members of the art movement known
as Abstract Expressionism.
Lasansky's "Nazi Drawings" are owned by the Richard S. Levitt
Foundation of Des Moines and are on long-term loan to the UI Museum of
Art. Museum patrons are cautioned that these drawings contain dramatic
depictions of the horrors of the holocaust and may be disturbing to some
The UI Museum of Art, located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City,
is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Admission to the museum is free. Public metered parking is available in
UI parking lots across from the museum on Riverside Drive, and adjacent
to the UI Alumni Center, which is just north of the museum.