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American Pop artist makes major gift to British Museum

Several hundred prints by Jim Dine will come to the London institution early next year

Jim Dine's A heart on the rue de Grenelle, 1981

The American Pop artist Jim Dine is due to present a promised gift of several hundred prints and a number of portfolios, dating from the early 1960s to the present day, to London’s British Museum.

The donation is being arranged through the dealer Alan Cristea, who has represented the artist for 30 years. This month, the gallery announced that it is the sole distributer worldwide of the artist’s prints and editioned work.

Some of the Dine works gifted to the museum were on display at Alan Cristea’s booth in Frieze Masters last week, including the etching A heart on the rue de Grenelle, 1981. The British Museum acquisition should be completed early next year.

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