Valuable Jackson Pollock Painting Returns To Iowa City After World Tour

Stanley Museum of Art Staffers prepare to install Jackson Pollock's "Mural."Photo: Iowa's News Now, KGAN/University of Iowa

(Iowa City, IA) -- A valuable painting held by the University of Iowa, is back in Iowa City after a world tour. The Jackson Pollock painting, titled "Mural" was valued in 2016 at $140-(M) million dollars. Since 2008, it has been to 14-venues in the U-S and Europe. The eight-by-20 foot painting was created in the 1940s. It is now in the Stanley Museum of Art in Iowa City. Visitors will be able to see it August 26th, when the museum reopens. A grand opening celebration will be August 26-28. Iowa's News Now (KGAN) reports Stanley Museum of Art Director Lauren Lessing and museum collections staff welcomed Mural in its 3,200-pound crate July 14.

After acclimating to its new environment, Mural was transported in a freight elevator to the second floor of the museum and is now permanently displayed in the Chris and Suzy DeWolf Family Gallery.

Mural underwent a two-year technical study and conservation treatment by research scientists at the Getty Center in Los Angeles in 2012, followed by solo exhibitions at the J. Paul Getty Museum and the Sioux City Art Center in Sioux City, Iowa.

The painting traveled to the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, Italy; Deutsche Bank Kunsthalle, Berlin; and Museo Picasso Málaga, Málaga, Spain. It anchored further exhibitions at the Royal Academy of Art, London; Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain; Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri; National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia, South Carolina; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York City.

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