Iowa Public Television premieres Jackson Pollock’s Mural documentary

Posted: August 25, 2016

Iowa Public Television announced today the premiere of Jackson Pollock’s Mural: The Story of a Modern Masterpiece. The documentary explores the remarkable journey Pollock’s most influential painting took from New York to Iowa, and now around the world. The hour-long film will premiere Monday, September 12 at 8 p.m. and be rebroadcast on Sunday, September 18 at 3 p.m. on statewide Iowa Public Television.

Mural is brought to viewers through a partnership with the University of Iowa, home to the famous painting and producer of the film. Featuring well-known and respected art collectors and scholars, the film examines the painting and its enigmatic creator.

“This painting by Jackson Pollock is the most important work of art in Iowa, and one of the most significant paintings in American art,” says Sean O’Harrow, director of the UI Museum of Art.

The documentary celebrates the timeless energy of “Mural,” which was immediately recognized as a turning point for American art. Viewers will learn about the creation of the massive painting, commissioned in the 1940s by New York art dealer Peggy Guggenheim, and watch as research scientists at the Getty Conservation Institute (GCI) and conservators at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles restore the painting to its original glory.

Displaced by the flood of 2008, “Mural” is now on an international tour, visiting art museums in Italy, Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom. The painting is scheduled to return home to the UI Museum of Art in 2018. 

For more information about the University of Iowa, contact Ben Hill at 319.384.3400 or benjamin-hill-1@uiowa.eduFor more information about the UI Museum of Art, contact Elizabeth Menninger Wallace at 319.353.2847 or