Minneapolis Institute of Art

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  • Free admission to museum, and small charge to some special exhibitions.

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  • Located at 24th Street & 3rd Avenue South

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  • Tuesay, Wednesday, and Saturday 10am-5p, Thursday & Friday 10am-9pm, Sunday 11am-5pm, closed Monday. Also closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and July 4.

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  1. Boundless Peaks: Ink Paintings by Minol Araki

    2400 3rd Ave S
    Minneapolis, MN 55404
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    Renowned as an industrial designer, Minol Araki (1928–2010) was also a prolific painter with a firm grounding in East Asian painting traditions. Born in China to Japanese parents, and active professionally in New York and Taipei, Araki created an immense body of ink paintings that reimagined tradition and straddled East and West.

    This exhibition is organized around five mid-career, large-scale works—monumental compositions, each of which stretches more than 70 feet—depicting landscapes, dragons, snow monkeys, and lotus ponds. Each painting is complemented by early and late works that marry influences as disparate as the eccentric Chinese painter Bada Shanren (c. 1626–1705), the Lithuanian-American artist Ben Shahn (1898–1969), Araki’s mentor, the renowned Chinese traditionalist painter Zhang Daqian (1899–1983), and medieval Japanese Zen painters.

  2. Brilliant! Pairing Continuity and Influence

    2400 3rd Ave S
    Minneapolis, MN 55404
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    Celebrate the artistic possibilities and inherent beauty of exuberant color. Color offers a fresh way to look at and think about Mia’s collection of Native, modern, and contemporary art. In the 20th century, many artists in the United States and Europe sought to make their works pure expressions of form and color. Native American art significantly influenced such modern art—which in turn had an effect on contemporary Native art. Many people may think of Native art as unchanging and of the past. Here, the complex, cutting-edge character of Native art is boldly presented.

  3. Children in Paris: The Birthday Boy and Friends

    2400 3rd Ave S
    Minneapolis, MN 55404
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    Children became a popular subject in French art in the 1880s and 1890s. Their youthful faces and childhood innocence, along with the daily routines of caring for them, attracted some of the greatest artistic talents of the period. This focused exhibition presents works on paper with children as their subject, by Cassatt, Renoir, Lepère, and others.

    A highlight is a series of prints depicting Robert Besnard (1881–1914), the birthday boy in Mia’s beloved masterpiece by John Singer Sargent, The Birthday Party, exhibited nearby. In seven prints in Mia’s collection by Albert Besnard, Robert’s father, we watch the boy grow up. In one he is a fashionable toddler walking in the park; a year later he is sipping hot chocolate in his mother’s bedroom. At age 7 he is old enough to have a donkey. The etchings offer a rare document of a century-old boyhood, and they also suggest a new date for Sargent’s painting.

  4. Die Neuen Wilden: Neo-Expressionism in Germany

    2400 3rd Ave S
    Minneapolis, MN 55404
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    Die Neuen Wilden (The New Wild Ones) was an informal group of young Neo-Expressionist artists active in Germany from the mid-1970s to the early 1990s. Taking a cue from German Expressionist art of the early 20th century, Neo-Expressionism was bold, raw, brutish, spontaneous, messy, vital, emotional, sensual, antimodern, antiprogressive, and at times nihilistic, denying any meaning in life. Led by the radical German artist Georg Baselitz, Neo-Expressionists challenged Minimalism and conceptual art, which were popular at the time, rejecting the detached objectivity and intellectual pretensions of those movements.

    Intentionally male-dominated, Neo-Expressionism promoted the idea of the artist as hero. It also marked a return to the human body as a subject of art and to historical and mythological imagery. Though international in scope, with centers of activity in Italy, France, and the United States, Neo-Expressionism flourished most notably in Germany.

    Selected from Mia’s permanent collection, this exhibition highlights more than 30 works on paper by seven leading artists of Die Neuen Wilden.

  5. Embroidering an Ordered Cosmos: Chinese Daoist Priest Garments of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911)

    2400 3rd Ave S
    Minneapolis, MN 55404
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    Daoist belief emphasizes an ordered cosmos, harmonious existence with nature, and heavenly paradise. Together with Confucianism and Buddhism, it is one of China’s three major belief systems. Daoism emerged after 100 CE and soon acquired the trappings of organized religion: a supreme god, a set of scriptures, temples, priests, and ritual practices.

    Robes worn by Daoist priests represent some of the richest embroidered decoration in Chinese clothing. They take two basic forms: a square, full-length, sleeveless robe with center-front opening (jiangyi), and a full-length, sleeved garment with center-front opening fastened with ties (daopao). Elaborate symbolic schemes are common to both. They feature cosmic diagrams representing paradise; the sun and moon; phoenixes (birds with fiery feathers); abstract forms of China’s five sacred mountains; and circles containing 12 zodiac animals. When priests wore robes like these, they were symbolically united with the cosmos and able to go beyond the earthly and heavenly realms.

  6. Felix Bracquemond: Etcher of Birds

    2400 3rd Ave S
    Minneapolis, MN 55404
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    Printmaker Felix Bracquemond (1833–1914) ruled the roost in mid-1800s France by reviving interest in etching, a technique made famous by Rembrandt. Bracquemond led the way with his printmaking excellence and innovation, attempting the century’s first color etching and adopting design ideas from Japanese woodcuts, which he is credited with discovering in a Paris shop. But he is perhaps most famous for etching birds, which, like this opinionated cock, often act a bit like humans.

    More than a dozen bird prints have landed in this exhibition, along with other Bracquemond favorites and pieces from his Japanese-inspired dinner service, which revolutionized the French ceramics industry. Also on view are two rarely seen paintings by his wife, the Impressionist artist Marie Quivoron Bracquemond (1840–1916), including a portrait of Felix in his studio.

  7. Hard Bodies: Contemporary Japanese Lacquer Sculpture

    2400 3rd Ave S
    Minneapolis, MN 55404
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    It’s an art nearly as old as civilization itself. Since the Neolithic era, artisans in East Asia have coated bowls, cups, boxes, baskets, and other utilitarian objects with a natural polymer distilled from the sap of the rhus verniciflua, known as the lacquer tree. Lacquerware was—and still is—prized for its sheen, a lustrous beauty that artists learned to accentuate over the centuries with inlaid gold, silver, mother-of-pearl, and other precious materials.

    Since the late 1980s, this tradition has been challenged. A small but enterprising circle of lacquer artists have pushed the medium in entirely new and dynamic directions by creating large-scale sculptures, works that are both conceptually innovative and superbly exploitive of lacquer’s natural virtues. Thirty works by 16 artists comprise the first-ever comprehensive exhibition of contemporary Japanese lacquer sculpture. They have all been drawn from the Clark Collections at Mia, the only collection in the world to feature this extraordinary new form.

  8. International Modernism: Art in a Fast-changing World

    2400 3rd Ave S
    Minneapolis, MN 55404
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    By the early 1900s, people worldwide were transforming their habits, identities, and landscapes more dramatically than ever. Artists and designers, inspired by innovations such as radios, skyscrapers, and even the development of modern psychology, responded with cutting-edge representations of new and familiar subjects.

    “International Modernism” explores how this response to modern life evolved through much of the 20th century, from the 1910s through the early 1960s. Installed in stages from fall 2015 through mid-2016, “International Modernism” centers on objects from the Kunin Collection as well as paintings, prints, photography, and design from Mia’s collection.

  9. Joe Sinness

    2400 3rd Ave S
    Minneapolis, MN 55404
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    Opening reception: Thursday, July 20, 6 to 9 p.m.
    Artist talk: Thursday, September 21, 7 p.m.

    Sexual desire and cinematic performance are filtered through the genres of still-life and portraiture in Joe Sinness’s body of work. For his MAEP exhibition, Sinness captures the beauty of communities traditionally viewed as aberrant.

    Juxtaposing portraits, still-lifes, theatrical sculptures, and cinematic panoramas, Sinness’s works display the performance of sexual desire. Drawing inspiration from models he found using Grindr and Scruff, vintage physique magazines, and iconic films like Cruising, starring Al Pacino, Sinness visualizes desire and pursues a vision of utopic queer spaces and characters—portraying his subjects as tender and worthy of desire.

    Sinness received his BA from St. John’s University and an MFA from Minneapolis College of Art and Design. He was part of a group MAEP exhibition in 2010. The artist is a recipient of the 2013 Artist Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, 2013/14 McKnight Artist Fellowship for Visual Artists, and 2015 Fire Island Artist Residency.

    This exhibition is part of the Minnesota Artists Exhibition Program, now located in U.S. Bank Gallery.

  10. Now Where Were We?

    2400 3rd Ave S
    Minneapolis, MN 55404
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    What if an art installation bent the rules? What if it questioned the norms of museum practice by replacing its traditional white walls with colorful murals? Or combined artworks not because they came from the same time or place, but because, together, they spoke to universal themes of human existence: people, places, and things?

    Artist Dave Muller asks these questions in Now Where Were We?, his temporary re-installation of Mia’s contemporary art galleries. Muller collaborated with Mia’s staff to explore its vast collection, selecting and combining artworks from very different times and places. He then integrated them into the new visual context of his hand-painted murals. Muller’s extensive music collection streams through a listening station in the galleries, adding to the eclectic atmosphere. We hope you’ll consider these artworks in a new way, beyond their original time and place, and join in the conversations that arise from this new configuration.

    Generous support for Now Where Were We? is provided by the Mary Ingebrand-Pohlad Charitable Foundation.

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