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Lasansky and Motherwell exhibitions open at UI Museum of Art

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Museum of Art will present two exhibitions, "Mauricio Lasansky: The Nazi Drawings," and "Robert Motherwell: The A la Pintura Series," June 7 through Aug. 10.

Both exhibitions are free and open to the public.

"Mauricio Lasansky: The Nazi Drawings" is a series of pencil, wash and earth-color drawings with collage that examine the brutality of Nazi Germany. The 30 drawings and one triptych in the set are very large, with life-sized figures. They were created in 1966 to international acclaim. The complete set was last shown in Iowa in 1976.

Commenting on the subject of these works, Lasansky has said: "Dignity is not a symbol bestowed upon a man, nor does the word itself possess force. Man's dignity is a force and the only modus vivendi by which man and his history survive. When mid-20th-century Germany did not let man live and die with this right [of dignity], man became an animal."

Lasansky was born in Argentina in 1914 and has been a resident of the United States since 1943. An emeritus professor at the UI, he is retired from his position as director of printmaking at the School of Art and Art History. His art has appeared in more than 80 one-man exhibitions since 1943 and is currently housed in more than 75 museums and galleries worldwide.

"Robert Motherwell: The A la Pintura Series" is a collection of the etchings Motherwell created as an homage to his love of painting. Inspired by Rafael Alberti's poem of the same name, Motherwell executed "A la Pintura" with master printer Donn Steward, a graduate of the UI School of Art and Art History, between 1968 and 1972. The exhibition features 21 color prints and an English translation of Alberti's poem.

Motherwell was introduced to the work of Alberti and other European modernists while he was a student of philosophy and aesthetics at Harvard. He is regarded as one of the foremost members of the art movement known as Abstract Expressionism.

Lasansky's "Nazi Drawings" are owned by the Richard S. Levitt Foundation of Des Moines and are on long-term loan to the UI Museum of Art. Museum patrons are cautioned that these drawings contain dramatic depictions of the horrors of the holocaust and may be disturbing to some viewers.

The UI Museum of Art, located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City, is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission to the museum is free. Public metered parking is available in UI parking lots across from the museum on Riverside Drive, and adjacent to the UI Alumni Center, which is just north of the museum.