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Jim Dine Sculpture
Written by Jackie Demaline and Janelle Gelfand

Art Museum adding sculpture to entrance

Cincinnati native Jim Dine returns to unveil his piece depicting Pinocchio

Cincinnati native Jim Dine returns to his hometown on Wednesday to unveil his sculpture of "Pinocchio (Emotional)" going on permanent display at the entrance of the Cincinnati Art Museum. The 12-ft. bronze will be unveiled in a public ceremony at 10:30 a.m.

"The acquisition of Dine's 'Pinocchio' creates a joyful and welcoming art environment even before you cross the building's threshold," said Jéssica Flores García, associate curator of contemporary art.

In 2010 the Cincinnati Art Museum presented Dine with the first Cincinnati Art Award. which celebrates an outstanding Cincinnatian who has had a significant impact on our culture at a national and international level through the making, collecting or promotion of visual art.

The Art Museum's permanent collection includes 50 works by the artist, primarily prints, drawings and paintings. A newly acquired print portfolio of Dine's illustration of Carlo Collodi's "The Adventures of Pinocchio" (1883) will be on display April 4-Aug. 19.

Dine created the portfolio in 2005, creating a lithograph for each of the 36 chapters of the book. The story is more real and more complex than the sentimental fairy tale of the animated film.

On Wednesday, the Art Museum announced that Cincinnati arts patrons Lois and Richard Rosenthal have made a $1 million gift for the Lois and Richard Rosenthal Center for Children's Art Education. The Rosenthals' previous gifts ensure free admission to the Art Museum.

The gift caps a yearlong silent campaign that has raised more than $11 million for extensive renovations of the former Art Academy building and the first phrase of renovations within the Art Museum's Adams Emery and Alms Wings.

Baker-Hunt celebrates 90 years. Baker-Hunt Art & Cultural Center marks 90 years of providing art and building community in Northern Kentucky with a schedule of more than 60 art classes and workshops for youth and adults for the summer term.

"Summer to Remember" classes begin June 11 and include Camp Renaissance, in which youth will explore the role of art, history and culture in our daily lives while investigating the philosophies and genius of the Renaissance Period. There is also a new teen creative writing class where young people will spend time with a published author.

Spatial Thoughts on Sculpture by Bill West
Sculptor Jim Dine has always had such a flair for the whimsical, couple that with his skillful use of bright colors gives those fortunate to experience his work up close a very nice nice sense of happiness! This piece will be such a wonderful addition to the already awesome Cincinnati Art Museum. If you get a chance to stop by and visit, I promise you will go back again and again!

Jim Dine sculpture
"Pinocchio (Emotional)" by Jim Dine
Jim Dine's 12 ft. bronze "Pinocchio (Emotional)" goes on permanent display at the front entrance of Cincinnati Art Museum with a public unveiling on April 4.
For more information visit or call 513-721-2787. / Provided, The Pace Gallery, New York.