Marks of Genius: 100 Extraordinary Drawings from the Minneapolis Institute of Art

Over its 100-year history, the Minneapolis Institute of Art has amassed an extensive collection of works on paper. The selection of drawings, watercolors, gouaches, and pastels dating from the Middle Ages to the present day includes stellar examples by such masters as Guercino, Annibale Carracci, George Romney, François Boucher, Thomas Gainsborough, Edgar Degas, Käthe Kollwitz, Egon Schiele, Emil Nolde, Amedeo Modigliani, Henri Matisse, Alfredo Ramos Martínez, Roy Lichtenstein, and Ed Ruscha.

This eye-opening exhibition illuminates the historical and ongoing role of drawing as a means of study, observation, and problem solving, as an outpouring of the artist’s imagination, and as a method of realizing a finished work of art.

Exhibition tickets $13 weekday and $15 weekend;  MIA members receive free passes.


This exhibition is organized by the Minneapolis Institute of Art.

Major Sponsor:   Delta_BLACK

Generous support provided by the Joseph F. McCrindle Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Exhibitions Endowment Fund, and the Ronald and Eva Kinney Family Foundation.



Master Drawings from the Minneapolis Institute of Art
Rachel McGarry with Tom Rassieur

This sumptuously illustrated book celebrates the superb yet little-known collection of drawings at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. The probing catalogue entries, written by a number of scholars, tell the story of each drawing and examine its place within the artist’s oeuvre, supported by new research, provenance documentation, and bibliographic information.

The book includes more than 225 illustrations, essays by Rachel McGarry and Thomas Rassieur, and contributions by Rachel McGarry, Tom Rassieur, Dennis Michael Jon, Marla J. Kinney, Roberta Bartoli, Patrick Noon, Eike D. Schmidt and Erika Holmquist-Wall.

$59.99 | Find it in the museum’s store. Or buy it online.