Major exhibition showcases mima's Art Fund International acquisitions

  • 19 October 2010

Drawing in Progress is a new exhibition opening at mima, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art. The show represents a unique collection of some forty post-war American drawings, all acquired through our £5 million Art Fund International scheme. The exhibition will run from 25 November until 20 March 2011.

Thanks to our support, mima has been developing this significant strand of its collection since 2007 in partnership with The Drawing Center, New York. This will be the first time the works have collectively been put on display in the UK.


All the works have been acquired through Art Fund International, which was set up in 2007 as a way of helping UK museums and galleries to build outstanding collections of international contemporary art. mima is one of five museums to have been allocated £1 million. Because of the scheme, mima has been able to carefully research and acquire what now stands as one of the finest collections of post war American drawing in the UK.


Drawing in Progress showcases works by artists that have transformed drawing in dynamic ways. Each one has helped move drawing beyond its historical conventions and parameters, changing the way drawing might be produced, viewed and discussed.
A notable highlight will be a major new commission for the 5002 metre glass façade of mima by acclaimed New York artist Lawrence Weiner. After visiting Middlesbrough in May 2010 Weiner developed the 24-hour artwork A LINE IS A LINE FOR ALL THAT, 2010. This is the single largest commission ever produced by Weiner in the UK.


Our director Stephen Deuchar said: “mima has bought some really exceptional works by important and influential American artists, and built close relationships with the artists themselves, ensuring that they have bought the best works available. Art Fund International is all about creating outstanding collections of international contemporary art and we are delighted to be supporting mima in achieving this for Middlesbrough.”


The exhibition also includes important works by artists such as, Robert Breer, James Lee Byars, Nathan Carter, Robert Gober, Michael Heizer, Ellsworth Kelly, Barbara Kruger, Adrian Piper, Fred Sandback, Paul Sharits, Robert Smithson and Al Taylor amongst others.

Discussing this project and others,Lawrence Weiner will be In Conversation with Brett Littman, Executive Director, The Drawing Center on 26 November at mima 12.30pm.

Admission to mima and to this special exhibition is FREE.