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Feb. 29, 2012

Photo: Mural, 1943, Jackson Pollock (American, 1912-1956), 97 1/4 x 238 in (247 x 605 cm). Gift of Peggy Guggenheim, 1959.6

UIMA’s Mural to be displayed at Des Moines Art Center

The University of Iowa Museum of Art’s painting Mural, by world-renowned American artist Jackson Pollock, will be on display at the Des Moines Art Center April 5 through July 15.

After almost three years at the Figge Art Museum in Davenport, Iowa—where more than 150,000 Iowa residents, students and visitors have enjoyed it since 2009—this masterpiece will be presented to audiences in central Iowa for the first time. 

Mural and much of the UIMA’s collection has been located at the Figge since 2008, when a historic flood on the Iowa River, which runs through the UI campus, inundated the former UIMA building.

“We are pleased and honored to be given the opportunity to collaborate closely with the wonderful professionals at the Des Moines Art Center on this project to show Iowa’s most famous painting to the citizens of Des Moines and the central Iowa region,” says UIMA Director Sean O’Harrow. “This is an essential part of the University of Iowa’s commitment to share educational and cultural resources to a state-wide constituency.

“On behalf of the UI Museum of Art, I want to express sincere gratitude to the Figge Art Museum for exhibiting the Pollock, as well as the other art saved from the Great Flood of 2008, during this period of transition, while a new permanent facility is being re-imagined for our world-renowned collection,” O’Harrow adds.

Jeff Fleming, director of the Des Moines Art Center, says, “The Des Moines Art Center is extremely proud to have the opportunity to present Jackson Pollock's Mural. This quintessential icon of American visual cultural will provide an unparalleled educational experience for the Des Moines community.”

For more information on the history of the painting and the UIMA, visit

The Des Moines Art Center, located at 4700 Grand Ave., offers free admission daily. The museum is open Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sunday, Noon to 4 p.m. It is closed Monday.

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