The Menil Collection announced today that it, along with the Dallas Museum of Art, has acquired Untitled, a mixture of painting and sculpture by Italian artist Maurizio Cattalan. It is the first time either organization has acquired a work of art with a fellow museum.
"Following our recent solo Cattelan exhibition, we are thrilled that this work will remain in Texas, thanks to our teamwork with the Dallas Museum of Art and the special generosity of our friends," Menil Director Josef Helfenstein said in a release. Untitled was created in 2009 and is currently on display at the Menil Collection.
"The DMA's collaboration with the Menil on this acquisition will strengthen the collections of both institutions and provide our audiences with greater access to the most exceptional of modern and contemporary artworks," said Bonnie Pitman, The Eugene McDermott Director of the Dallas Museum of Art.
The work, which consists of a push-broom pinning a canvas to a wall, thus distorting the canvas' surface, was acquired for the Menil Collection through a gift from Nina and Michael Zilkha, and for the DMA through a gift from the Rachofsky Collection and Deedie and Rusty Rose, according to the release.