FIA’s painting Happy Lady by Lee Krasner (far left in photo) was at the Zentrum Paul Klee in Bern, Switzerland

FIA Around the World

Loans from FIA collections provide both enjoyment and cultural edification for hundreds of thousands of museum visitors near and far. Works of art are loaned across a wide spectrum of venues, from Flint’s Bishop International Airport to international exhibitions. When the COVID-19 pandemic caused the closure of museums, the FIA’s painting Happy Lady by Lee Krasner was at the Zentrum Paul Klee in Bern, Switzerland for the Lee Krasner: Living Colour exhibition (organized by the Barbican Art Gallery, London). This exhibition celebrates the work and life of Lee Krasner (1908–1984), a pioneer of Abstract Expressionism. The first major presentation of her work in Europe for more than 50 years, this exhibition tells the story of a formidable artist, whose importance has too often been eclipsed by her marriage to Jackson Pollock.

The FIA’s Happy Lady traveled first to London in May 2019 then to the Schirn Kunsthalle in Frankfurt, Germany, the following October. The exhibition opened in Switzerland in February 2020, and it closed shortly afterward due to the pandemic. The painting will stay in Switzerland as they hope to reopen the exhibition sometime in the summer; it will then travel to the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain in September. It is scheduled to return to Flint in early 2021.

Other upcoming loans of works from the FIA collection include the following:

Lee Krasner
Guggenheim Bilbao, Spain 
September 18, 2020 – January 10, 2021

Lee Krasner, American, 1908–1984. Happy Lady, 1963. Oil on cotton duck, 58 x 75 3/4 inches. Purchased with funds from the National Endowment for the Arts Museum Purchase Grant and the Samuel and Alma Catsman Foundation, 1978.59 
Two Edmunds: Fitzgerald and Lewandowski
Grohmann Museum | Milwaukee, WI
September 4, 2020 – December 20, 2020

Edmund Lewandowski, American, 1914 – 1998. Dynamo, 1948. Oil on canvas, 36 1/8 x 30 7/8 inches. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Harold L. Frank, by exchange, 1993.38 
Edmund Lewandowski, American, 1914 – 1998. Great Lakes Shipbuilding, 1949. Oil on canvas, 30 x 24 inches. Courtesy of the Isabel Foundation, Inlander Collection, L2003.81
InterStates of Mind
Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum | Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 
November 7, 2020 – April 11, 2021 

Allan D’Arcangelo, American, 1930 – 1998. June Moon, 1969. Serigraph on paper, 11 x 14 inches. Gift of Nancy Rajala, 2010.47 
Walker Evans, American, 1903 – 1975. Joe’s Auto Graveyard, Near Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, 1936, printed 1971. Gelatin silver print, 4 11/16 x 6 11/16 inches. Purchased from the Watkin Gallery, Inc., 1978.8     
Claes Oldenburg, American, born Sweden, born 1929. Profile Airflow, 1969. Molded polyurethane over lithograph on paper, 33 1/2 x 65 1/2 inches. Museum purchase, 1970.19 
Mel Ramos, American, 1935 – 2018. AC Annie, 1972. Offset lithograph on paper, 30 1/4 x 24 1/2 inches. Museum purchase, 1966.15 
Ed Ruscha, American, born 1937. America Her Best Product, 1976. Lithograph on paper, 40 x 30 inches. Museum purchase, 1972.43  
Zoltan Sepeshy, American, 1898 – 1974. Woodward Avenue No. II, 1931. Oil on canvas, 25 x 30 inches. Gift of Pat Glascock and Michael D. Hall in memory of Collin Gabriel Hall, Inlander Collection, 2003.39
The Age of Impressionism: American Masters
Canton Museum of Art
| Canton, OH
November 27, 2020 – March 7, 2021 

Childe Hassam, American, 1859 – 1935. Newport Waterfront, 1901. Oil on canvas, 26 1/4 x 24 1/8 inches. Gift of the Whiting Foundation through Mr. and Mrs. Donald E. Johnson, 1972.31