Pollock Masterpiece 'Mural' to Return to Iowa

The dome of the Old Capitol building in Iowa City dominates the landscape of the University of Iowa campus. Photographed Thursday, Sept. 7, 2006.

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By Rachel Begle

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Iowa's most famous painting is about to return home after nearly two years of conservation work by experts in California.

The University of Iowa announced Monday that the Jackson Pollock painting "Mural" will be displayed at the Sioux City Art Center starting June 10.

The university owns the 1943 painting, which was a donation from art collector Peggy Guggenheim. The work is more than 8 feet high and nearly 20 feet long. It's considered a masterpiece that represented a sea change in Pollock's career and abstract art.

In 2012, the painting was shipped to the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles for research and restoration work.

The goal of the project was to improve the painting's aesthetics and to stabilize its physical structure, which had begun to sag.

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