Ellsworth Kelly exhibition opens at mima with two Art Fund International pieces

  • 10 December 2009

Independent charity The Art Fund is delighted that two works by American artist Ellsworth Kelly, acquired for mima Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art through the Art Fund International scheme, are to go on show in a new exhibition dedicated to the artist at the gallery.

From 11 December, mima will be showing an exhibition focusing on drawings executed by Kelly between 1954 and 1962.

The artist himself selected over 20 drawings that use a variety of techniques including ink, graphite, oil paint and collage. The works come directly from the artist’s studio in New York and will be shown together for the first time at mima.

Two of the works on show, Untitled, 1957 and Untitled, 1959, have been purchased with funding from the Art Fund International scheme.

Art Fund International was set up by The Art Fund in 2007 to encourage a radical change in the scale and ambition of public collections of international contemporary art. Five UK museums were allocated £1million each to help build their collections, and mima was one of these chosen five. As a result, The Art Fund agreed to support the expansion of mima’s works on paper collection with a special focus on the Americas. They were selected after extensive conversations between mima and the artist.

Kelly described the works funded through Art Fund International as "two of the most revealing and important drawings made at that time".

The exhibition runs until 21 February 2010.

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