DAVENPORT, IOWA.- The Figge Art Museum
opened Global Currents: The John Deere Art Collection on Saturday April 24, 2010. The exhibition is the first opportunity for the general public to see works from Deere & Companys corporate art collection.
In 1965, William Hewitt, then chairman of Deere & Company, established an art collection to compliment the companys new modernist world headquarters in Moline, Illinois, which was designed by Eero Saarinen. With significant art originating from the United States, Latin America, and Asia, as well as Central and Eastern Europe, Deere has amassed an international collection that represents the diverse cultures in which the company conducts worldwide business. The exhibition includes works by such world famous artists as Grant Wood, Edward Curtis, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Rufino Tamayo, David Alfaro Siqueiros, Alejandro Obregón, Magdalena Abakanowicz, Sofu Teshigahara, and Matazo Kayama. The exhibition will include Grant Woods iconic Fall Plowing, as well as his Fruits of Iowa series.
The Deere art collection is regionally well-known, but few people have been able to view the significant works all at once, said Figge Art Museum Director Sean OHarrow. To be able to provide access to their art collection by letting the Figge curate a public exhibition and gallery is a great contribution to the cultural offering in the region.