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Fabergé: The Rise and Fall, The Collection of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Sunday, October 14, 2012 – Monday, January 21, 2013

Fabergé: The Rise and Fall features more than 200 precious objects from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, home of the largest collection of Fabergé in the United States. The show traces Karl Fabergé’s rise to fame, highlighting his business savvy, artistic innovations, and privileged relationship with the Russian aristocracy. Despite the firm's abrupt end in 1918, the legacy and name of Fabergé continues to hold a place in popular culture.

Weekend hours have been extended for the final days of Fabergé: The Rise and Fall. The museum will be open until 8 p.m. on January 19 and until 7 p.m. on January 20. For the final day of the exhibition, Monday, January 21, the museum will be open from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.

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Visitors will have the rare opportunity to glimpse imperial Russian treasures made by the House of Fabergé, including jewel-encrusted parasol and cane handles, an array of enameled frames, animals carved from semi-precious stones, and miniature egg pendants. The exhibition features six exquisite imperial Easter eggs. These one-of-a-kind objects, which took at least a year to create, have become synonymous with the name Fabergé. One stunning example is the Imperial Tsesarevich Egg, made of lapis lazuli, diamonds, and gold and opens to reveal a miniature portrait of young Alexei, the heir of Tsar Nicholas II. The objects on view will be exhibited with text, images, and activities meant to help visitors imagine the ways in which such luxury items would have been manufactured in a workshop, displayed in a storefront, and used to adorn the interior of the imperial palace.

Tickets for this special exhibition are timed and limited. Final entry is one hour prior to museum closing. Advance purchase is strongly recommended, especially on weekends when most tickets sell out well in advance. If you purchase tickets online, avoid waiting in line by printing your tickets from home and bringing them with you.

Effective Tuesday, November 13!
New Public Hours:

  • TUESDAY, Wednesday, Thursday 9AM – 4PM
  • Friday 9AM – 10PM
  • Saturday, Sunday 10AM – 5PM
  • Monday Closed

Individual Tickets

DIA Box Office

  • Phone: 313.833.4005
  • Monday – Friday: 9AM – 5PM

Group Rates (15 or more people)

Book your group today! Call 313.833.1292 or email grouprequest@dia.org

  • Adult Groups (15+): $12
  • Youth Groups (6-17): $8
  • School Groups (grades 5-12): $5 — discount valid during the month of December only
Chalk Art Project

Through January 14, 2013

Five large-scale chalk drawings of imperial-style eggs designed by local chalk artist Greg Oberle will be placed inside businesses around metro Detroit. The eggs, which are drawn to appear three-dimensional on free-standing chalk boards, will be displayed in business windows and will be visible to the public from the street. Each illustrated egg represents a different facet of Michigan's economy during the time when the House of Fabergé was at the height of its success. The themes are agriculture, timber and forestry, mining, the automobile industry and the Great Lakes.

Participating locations:

  • Haig's of Rochester Fine Jewelry, 311 Main Street, Rochester
  • Partridge Creek Mall (empty storefront next to Gap), 17420 Hall Road, Charter Township of Clinton
  • River's Edge Gallery, 3024 Biddle Avenue, Wyandotte
  • Affirmations, 290 W. Nine Mile Road, Ferndale
  • Fifth location is TBD

A field trip to see Fabergé: The Rise and Fall can be used to address the Michigan Department of Education’s Grade Level Content Expectations for grades six to 12. Students will discover the story behind the renowned House of Fabergé, the luxury brand created by preeminent artist and Jeweler Karl Fabergé.

Click here to read more and schedule a field trip.

The exhibition is organized by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, in collaboration with the Detroit Institute of Arts. In Detroit, the exhibition is supported by the City of Detroit. Educational programming is provided by the GM Foundation.   


Feodor Rückert, Loving Cup, 1896-1908, silver gilt, enamel, garnets, Siberian hardstones, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond. Jerome and Rita Gans Collection of Russian Enamel. Photo: Travis Fullerton. © Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

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