This summer, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts
showcases an exemplary selection of its rarely seen, superb drawings collection in Marks of Genius: 100 Extraordinary Drawings from the Minneapolis institute of Arts. This special exhibition marks the first time this selection of drawings, which spans over 500 years, are seen together by the public. Featured artist include celebrated masters such as Ludovico Carracci, Guercino, Thomas Gainsborough, Eugène Delacroix, Edgar Degas, Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, René Magritte, and Georgia OKeeffe. Marks of Genius opens at the MIA and is on view July 13 through September 21, 2014. The exhibition will then travel to the Grand Rapids Art Museum in Michigan, the North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, and the Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha, Nebraska. A fully illustrated catalogue accompanies the exhibition,
Due to their sensitivity to light, drawings are exhibited for only short periods of time and are otherwise kept in dark storage, says exhibition curator Rachel McGarry. While works from the museums large paper collectionover 40,000 prints and drawings can be seen by appointment in the Herschel V. Jones Print Study, Marks of Genius is a rare opportunity for the public to see the cream of this collection. In a way, we are opening up our treasury to the public, McGarry says.
Marks of Genius is exhibited at an apropos time. The MIAs treasury of drawings, which includes over 2,600 works, has increased by 20 percent since 2009. Several of these recent additions will be on view for the first time in this show.
The exhibition brings to life the immediacy of drawings and explores its multiple roles as a means of study, observation, problem solving, a record of the artists imagination, and a medium for creating finished works of art. The thematic display highlights these different aspects of drawing:
Spark of Creation features first draft sketches and inventions. This portion of the exhibition, showcasing the immediacy of the artistic process, features works such as Giuseppe Bazzanis Pan and Syrinx, c. 1760, and George Romneys Study for The Lapland Witch , completed c. 177577.
From Life is a section which features various observational studies drawn from nature throughout history. Notable works include Käthe Kollwitzs c. 1903 Two Studies of a Womans Head and Pierre-Joseph Redoutés Amaryllis lutea . c. 1800-06.
Portrait Drawings presents works such as Lovis Corinths Self-Portrait completed in 1908 and Egon Schieles Standing Girl , c. 1910.
Figural Abstraction a section which documents artists studies of human forms and expression. Works featured in this section include Guercinos Hercules , (164142) and Ernst Kirchers Seated Woman in the Studio , completed in 1909.
Storytelling presents drawings with a narrative theme, such as Arthur Rackhams Little Red Riding Hood , 1909, and Ludovico Carraccis Judith Beheading Holoferenes , c. 158185.
Other themes include Sense of Place with Emil Noldes Heavy Seas at Sunset , c. 193035, and Appropriation with Roy Lichtensteins 1962 Bratatat!
Marks of Genius has been activated with a Drawing Studio located in the last gallery of the exhibition. Inspired by the works on view, visitors are invited to try their hand at creating drawings based on the exhibitions themes.