Figge Art Museum Davenport Reviews
Figge Art in Iowa Apr 17, 2009
First I must state that the Figge Art building is beautifully designed!! It stands apart from the rest of the surrounding brick and concrete buildings, but at the same time the blueish tint and reflective quality of the glass exterior gives the museum an airy presence that help create an open feeling in an urban environment..
The interior is very spacious and holds an incredible collection of art. Most of the work on view during my visit was from the private collection of the University of Iowa. Apparently the Figge is a temporary facility to exhibit the University's expanding collection. Work from Pollock, Max Beckman, Thomas Hart Benton and Sam Gilliam are proudly displayed on the second floor.
Other exhibits during my visit included an interesting collection of work and sketches from John Bloom (an Iowa based artist from the 20's to the late 80s who specialized in local rural and rustic landscapes) and a collection of work from Cameroon. Both exhibits were well put together and highly informative without being tedious and boring..
Finally the museum has a wonderful art education program and studios for young art lovers. There was a sweet display of children art work and a couple of studios for educators to work with the local children..
The museum store was lovely as well, but they do not carry a book containing highlights from the permanent collection. I collect these books when I visit museums that I enjoy and was sad that this particular museum did not have one in existence. They instead carry books relating to the temp exhibits..
located downtown near the river and a fee of $7 per adult with discounts for students, children and senior citizens
free parking in front of the building. don't make the mistake and park on the street with a meter.. most of the meters were for 30 minutes only..
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