Jan. 12, 2007
UI Museum of Art Exhibition 'Dark Matters' Will Be Shown Jan. 20-April 15
"Dark Matters: Max Klinger's Print Cycle 'On Death' and Other Ruminations," an exhibition of more than 30 prints and drawings, will be on view from Jan. 20 to April 15 at the University of Iowa Museum of Art (UIMA).
Organized by J. Sage Elwell, a doctoral candidate in the UI Department of Religious Studies, the exhibition presents a selection of works that explore the themes of temptation, abandonment, and death, to comment on metaphysical experience. All works in the exhibition are taken from the permanent collection of the UIMA.
"It's a terrific sampling of works, some of which have never been exhibited in the galleries," Elwell said.
The centerpiece of the exhibition is formed by the 10 prints that comprise German artist Max Klinger's 1889 print cycle "On Death," a series depicting the various and unexpected ways that death visits people of all ages and stations.
But the show isn't melodramatic or limited to depictions of grief and death, Elwell said. "The wide variety of artists and styles offers something for everyone and keeps the show from being weighed down by its own theme," he said.
In addition to the print cycle by Klinger, the exhibition includes works by other artists who were preoccupied with the metaphysical. There is a series of illustrations from 19th-century English artist William Blake's "Book of Job," and French artist Odilon Redon's lithograph series "The Temptation of Saint Anthony," inspired by a novel by Gustave Flaubert.
The exhibition continues its exploration of "Dark Matters" into the 20th century through works by Paul Klee, Philip Guston and Picasso.
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