David Burke. 27 December. 2009. Quad-City Times.
Two of the Quad-Cities’ most well-known institutions — Deere & Co. and the Figge Art Museum — will partner to publicly show Deere’s extensive and closely held art collection, officials will announce Monday.
Works from the farm manufacturing giant’s corporate collection will go on display beginning April 24 in the John Deere Collection Gallery on the fourth floor of the downtown Davenport museum.
“What the public will see are the choice pieces, the best pieces from the collection that were often held in the chairman’s office, the executive offices. Now they’ll be able to see those pieces,” Figge executive director Sean O’Harrow said. “It shows people the history of John Deere, the history of corporate collecting. It shows people art that most of them have never seen before. Not even John Deere employees were able to see it.”