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Detroit Institute of Arts offers innovative programming in conjunction with Fabergé: The Rise and Fall: The Collection of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts -- Community chalk art project, online egg hunt, Facebook book discussion and more

Monday, October 29, 2012

(Detroit)— In addition to lectures, family programs, films and musical performances, the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) is offering innovative opportunities for the community to engage in the exhibition Fabergé: The Rise and Fall: The Collection of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

Fabergé chalk art project
Monday, October 29 through January 21, 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. The drawings will be installed on Monday, October 29, and will be on view throughout the run of the exhibition. The list of participating locations is:

•           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 Rd., Ferndale

•           Fifth location is TBD. Visit for updates.

Online Fabergé egg hunt
Monday, October 29 through Friday, November 2
The DIA is hosting an imperial Fabergé egg hunt—online! Five imperial Easter eggs will be hidden on different pages within the DIA’s website. When visitors find and click on all five egg images, they will be entered to win a pair of VIP tickets to Fabergé: The Rise and Fall. Visit to participate.

Fabergé Halloween costume discount

Wednesday, October 31
Visitors who sport a Fabergé-themed costume on Oct. 31 receive a 20 percent discount in both the museum shop and Fabergé exhibition shop.


Fabergé Facebook book club discussion
Sunday, November 18, 11 a.m.
Members of the DIA’s Facebook community can take part in an online book discussion. The conversation will surround Simon Sebag Montefiore’s Sashenka, a sweeping novel of Russia that will provide context and insight into Fabergé: The Rise and Fall. Visit and “like” the page to participate.

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. For more information about the exhibition and to purchase tickets, visit

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.   

Hours and Admission

Museum hours are 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m.–10 p.m. Fridays, and 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, $4 for ages 6-17, and free for DIA members and residents of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. For membership information call 313-833-7971.



The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA), one of the premier art museums in the United States, is home to more than 60,000 works that comprise a multicultural survey of human creativity from ancient times through the 21st century. From the first Van Gogh painting to enter a U.S. museum (Self-Portrait, 1887), to Diego Rivera's world-renowned Detroit Industry murals (1932–33), the DIA's collection is known for its quality, range, and depth. The DIA’s mission is to create opportunities for all visitors to find personal meaning in art.


Programs are made possible with support from the City of Detroit and residents of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties.

Contact:    Larisa Zade          313-833-7962