Art at the DIA
The heart of a great museum is its collection and The Detroit Institute of Arts is proud to claim one of the largest, most significant art collections in the nation. From the first painting donated in 1883 to the most recent acquisition, our collection of over 60,000 works brings the culture and creativity of the world to Detroit's doorstep. Ranging from classic to cutting-edge, the works housed in the DIA will challenge perceptions and enrich perspectives, leaving you with a fresh outlook and a jolt of inspiration. Join a DIA auxiliary and learn even more about our great collection.
To browse any of our collections, simply select the appropriate link below for a brief description of the collection and a sample of representative works. Or search for art by artist name, title of work, genre or department.
Note: Only a portion of the DIA's complete collection is represented online.
The Department oversees four separate collection segments: the arts of Africa, Egypt, the South Pacific and the Indigenous Americas. Reflecting current scholarship and geography, Egyptian art is now a sub-section of this department.
The Department of American Art covers a broad range of artistic endeavors spanning the early Colonial period through World War II. The holdings include paintings, sculptures, furniture, decorative arts and architecture.
The collections of the Department of the Arts of Asia and the Islamic World comprise thousands of works of art produced in Asia and Middle East, from antiquity through present, as well as from North Africa and Islamic Spain.
With a broad range of paintings, sculpture, and decorative arts from across Europe, the collection includes works spanning nearly all historical periods from Ancient Greece and Rome up to 1950.
With approximately 35,000 prints, drawings, photographs, watercolors, posters and artists books, the collection stretches from the present day back to the 1500's and includes a diverse assortment of media.
Established in 2000, the GM Center for African American Art represents one of the first curatorial departments dedicated solely to African American art at any major art museum.
This collection, which spans the period from the mid-20th century to the present day, has a particularly strong emphasis on post-World War II American art, including fine examples of Abstract Expressionist painting, Minimalism, and Pop Art.
International in scope, the DIA Performing Arts Collection contains more than 10,000 original film and theater photographs, posters and ephemera from the 1890s to the present.
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