Figge Art Museum Unveils Deere Art Collection

. April 27, 2010

The Figge Art Museum has opened Global Currents: The John Deere Art Collection, open through October 10, 2010. The exhibition is the first opportunity for the general public to see works from Deere & Company’s corporate art collection.

In 1965, William Hewitt, then chairman of Deere & Company, established an art collection to compliment the company’s 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 Wood’s 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 O’Harrow. “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.”

Figge Art Museum
225 West Second Street
Davenport, Iowa 52801
P 563.326.7804
F 563.326.7876

www.art-dma.org

Image: Grant Wood, “Fall Plowing”, 1931. Oil on canvas. Deere & Company

Category: Museum News

Comments are closed.