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isitors to Miami University Art Museum during spring semester 2014 may recall seeing a number of captivating paintings, collages and sculpture by Swiss artist Hermann Alfred Sigg (b. 1924), on view in the Walter I. Farmer Gallery. Following the run of the temporary exhibition Meditations: The Abstract Nature of H.A. Sigg, the time came for the museum to return the artwork to its lender. However, one of the exhibition’s featured paintings, In the Land of the Rivers V, 1993, did not go back to New York City. Instead, it remained in Oxford.

Lender Daniel Sigg, the artist’s son, and associate, Richard (Rick) Fisher, Director of the Institute for Venture Philanthropy in Atlanta, Georgia, visited Miami University in March. They were impressed with the Art Museum, its enthusiastic supporters, and the way the exhibition of H.A. Sigg’s artwork engaged audience members, including students. Happily, Daniel Sigg graciously offered to give the art museum one of the objects displayed in the Miami exhibition. Faced with the difficult task of choosing but one of the H.A. Sigg works from among several intriguing pieces, museum staff decided that the selection process should involve the museum’s membership. The field was narrowed to three possible choices, including Small Sign II, 2007, Course of the Rivers III, 2010, and In the Land of the Rivers V. A ballot was created, and during the annual members’ meeting, the art museum’s Collections Development Committee and individuals in attendance each cast a vote for which painting should become part of the collection.

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One of the newest acquisitions in the collection, In the Land of the Rivers V by H.A. Sigg, a piece generously donated by the artist’s son, Daniel, from works featured in our Spring 2014 exhibition.

In the Land of the Rivers V received close to 70% of the vote and is now one of the donations of art to be accessioned by the art museum in 2014. An image of the painting appeared in the exhibition guide by Curator Jason Shaiman, who elaborated on the artist’s process as follows: “From the rolling hills of farmland in Switzerland to the winding rivers of Europe and Asia, he draws inspiration directly from the landscape.” As a result of this gift — which complements the art museum’s dedication to developing a strong permanent collection of original art and material culture representing diverse traditions — the opportunity to directly experience H.A. Sigg’s “use of color and perspective” and to witness “the expressive qualities of his experiences” continues.

The Art Museum is honored that In the Land of the Rivers V has become one of the most recent additions to the collection, and knowing that the Miami community played such a pivotal role in the acquisition process makes this work of art that much more special.

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