Ludwig van Beethoven seems right at home in the new Bicknell Family Center for the Arts. Since February, the famous composer has looked over the James S. and Treva J. Dawson Lobby, a gift of Robert D. and Gwendolyn Tyler.
The piece is a 1987 serigraph by Andy Warhol entitled “Beethoven, II. 390.”
“It was over 10 years ago that I first thought of purchasing a Beethoven print by Warhol for the university,” Tyler recalled at a ceremony to unveil the gift.
Tyler said he initially intended to donate the piece for display in McCray Hall, but the completion of the Bicknell Center provided the perfect place to install the art.
“It is perfect for this place,” Tyler said, noting not only the building’s modern design, but also its dedication to the fine arts.
President Scott called the Tylers’ gift, which now becomes part of the university’s permanent art collection, “extraordinary.”
“The Tylers have a long history of supporting the university and this gift…speaks volumes about their belief in our mission and of our university’s commitment to the arts,” Scott said.
“Beethoven, II. 390” is an artist’s proof – number 9 of 15 artist’s proofs created. The Ludwig van Beethoven portfolio was the last collection produced by Warhol before his death on Feb. 22, 1987.