The in Bloomington has announced a $15 million gift from IU alumni Sidney and Lois Eskenazi in support of the renovation of its I.M. Pei-designed building.
In addition to their gift — the largest in the museum's history — the Eskenazis will donate nearly a hundred works of art, most of them by twentieth-century European and American masters — including thirty-four etchings, lithographs, and drawings from the 1960s and 1970s by Spanish master Joan Miró, as well as works by Marc Chagall, Alexander Calder, Pablo Picasso, Sam Francis, Tom Wesselmann, Jean Dubuffet, Salvador Dali, and Pierre-Auguste Renoir. The donation also includes the first works by Keith Haring and Paul Jenkins to enter the museum's collection. In recognition of the gift, the museum will be renamed the Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art.
The $15 million cash gift will be counted toward the university's $2.5 billion capital campaign, from which an additional $20 million will be allocated to complete renovations and gallery enhancements at the museum.
"The Eskenazi Museum is an incredible resource for the students, faculty, the Bloomington community, and the entire state of Indiana, and we will continue to look for ways to engage new audiences and foster the interdisciplinary collaborations made possible by being a part of Indiana University," said David A. Brenneman, the museum's Wilma E. Kelley Director. "We look forward to sharing more details about this exciting project later this year."
"With this gift we are combining two of our greatest passions: Indiana University and art," the Eskenazis said in a statement. "We are delighted that our collection, which we have loved building and living with, will find a home at the museum. We are excited to be a part of such a transformative project for the museum and the university, and we know that the newly renovated museum will be a go-to destination on campus and for the entire Bloomington community."