Marks of Genius: 100 Extraordinary Drawings from the Minneapolis Institute of Art
10/7/2017 - 1/7/2018

Organized by the Minneapolis Institute of Art.


From loose exploratory studies for later works to deft masterpieces that unveil an artist’s full facility, the world of drawings offers revealing insights into the creative process. Marks of Genius: 100 Extraordinary Drawings from the Minneapolis Institute of Art showcases remarkable examples from the museum’s renowned collection, including pen and ink studies, chalk drawings, watercolors, and pastels that span five centuries from the Middle Ages to today.

Masterworks by such artists as Annibale Carracci, Guercino, Thomas Gainsborough, Eugène Delacroix, Edgar Degas, Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, Amadeo Modigliani, Henri Mattise, René Magritte, and Andy Warhol bring to life the intimacy and immediacy of the artist’s hand. First draft sketches, preparatory drawings, and studies of nature and the human figure are explored alongside narrative subjects, landscapes, and modern abstract compositions. These rarely exhibited drawings trace the historical role of drawings in an artist’s practice, providing a window into the way ideas are transformed into images, and how artists unfold and solve challenges in composition and design. The looser, more spirited hand that is often seen in a sketch presents a window into an artist’s imagination and invention, capturing viewers and bringing them face to face with the moment of artistic creation.

What's pictured: Lovis Corinth (German, 1858–1925), Self-Portrait, 1908, brush and ink, black chalk on gray heavy wove cardboard, 27-3/8 x 23-1/4 in., Minneapolis Institute of Art



Hours, Tickets, & Tours

Marks of Genius is open during all regular Museum hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 4 pm; late 'til 8 pm on Thursday. Closed Mondays and major holidays.

Marks of Genius is a ticketed exhibition:
General public adults: $10
(Thursday evening pricing, 4-8 pm: $5 for general public adults)
$5 for college students with a valid ID (tickets for those with a UNMC student ID are free)
Youth ages 17 and younger: Free
Joslyn Members: Free (Not a member? Click here to join now!)

All visitors, including members, must obtain a ticket for entrance to the exhibition (no reservations necessary).

Programs with visits to the exhibition will be priced accordingly for general public adults. Docent-guided tours of the exhibition are offered on select days. Check the calendar of events for exact tour dates. Marks of Genius ticket pricing applies.

Mobile Marks of Genius

Free Wi-Fi is available in all Joslyn galleries. Bring your web-enabled mobile device or borrow one of ours to access the dual language Bijoux Parisiens mobile tour. Presented by Joslyn and OnCell. Call (402) 881-3601 to access the tour in English; (402) 972-4031 for the Spanish language tour. Tour access information also available on site and on the Museum's mobile tour page.

The Catalogue

Purchase the Marks of Genius exhibition catalogue in the Hitchcock Museum Shop. $59.95 (Member price: $53.96)



Exhibition-Related Events & Programs


Friday, October 6; 5:30–8 pm
Members Preview Reception

Monday, October 9; Noon–3 pm
Members Day

Friday, October 13 @ 7 pm
Drink & Draw

Saturday & Sunday, November 4 & 5
Free College Weekend
During regular public hours (10 am to 4 pm) on Saturday and Sunday, November 4 and 5, anyone with a valid college ID will receive free tickets to Marks of Genius

Thursday, November 9 @ 6:30 pm
A Window into the Artist's Mind with Rachel McGarry

Thursday, November 30 @ 6:30 & 7:15 pm
Marks of Genius Curator Gallery Talk

Sunday, December 17 @ 2 & 2:45 pm
Marks of Genius Curator Gallery Talk