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Release: June 4, 1999

‘Painting and Sculpture from the Permanent Collection’ will be on view at the UI Museum of Art

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A selection of painting and sculpture from the University of Iowa Museum of Art’s permanent collection will be on view in the museum’s North and East galleries Saturday, June 19 through Sunday, Aug. 22.

The exhibition will include both new additions to the museum’s collection and works that have long been familiar to the museum’s patrons.

Jackson Pollock’s "Mural," one of the artist’s most celebrated paintings, will be the highlight of the exhibition. "Mural," painted in 1943, was given to the museum by collector Peggy Guggenheim. It will be reinstalled at the museum after being shown in New York and London as part of a highly touted retrospective of Pollock’s works. One of the largest paintings in the show, "Mural" attracted critical and audience notice at the exhibition's opening at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Writing in the New York Times, critic Michael Kimmelman called "Mural" "Pollock’s first great painting, . . . an enormous panorama of soft pink, yellow and turquoise mixed with black, almost a Caribbean palette, which makes the swarm of compressed whorling shapes seem to shimmer." And Robert Hughes wrote in Time that "The painting is a frieze of Dionysiac energy."

Dennis Oppenheim’s sculpture, "Image Dissonance (Coffee Cup)" (1988-1994), a new addition to the museum’s growing collection of important sculpture, will also be on view, among many other works.

Stephen Prokopoff, director UI Museum of Art, said: "This exhibition will be an exploration of our permanent collection, a way to present patrons with familiar as well as unfamiliar work, with old friends as well as new."

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 is free. Public metered parking is available in UI parking lots across from the museum on Riverside Drive and just north of the museum.

For information on the UI Museum of Art, visit http://www.uiowa.edu/~artmus on the World Wide Web. Information is available on other UI arts events at http://www.uiowa.edu/~uiowacr