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Detroit Institute of Arts 2013 Exhibitions highlight contemporary Art with Shirin Neshat, Ellsworth Kelly, Animation: New hours—museum now open on Tuesdays

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Exhibitions are free with museum admission unless otherwise noted.



Hours: Tuesdays–Thursdays, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.; Fridays, 9 a.m.–10 p.m.; Saturdays–Sundays, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.


Admission: $8 adults, $4 ages 6–17, $6 seniors (ages 62+). Free for DIA members and residents of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties.


Picasso and Matisse: The DIA’s Prints and Drawings

Through January 6, 2013

Pablo Picasso (1881–1973) and Henri Matisse (1869–1954) were ground-breaking visionaries who constantly experimented with techniques and materials. This exhibition features almost all the works by Picasso and Matisse in the museum’s prints and drawings collections, showcasing their revolutionary achievements that defined much of 20th-century art. This exhibition has been organized by the Detroit Institute of Arts. Support has been provided by Comerica Bank.


The story of Picasso’s and Matisse’s stylistic progression and artistic range is told through more than 100 prints and drawings, including exceptional works such as Matisse’s 1919 drawing The Plumed Hat and Picasso’s 1939 gouache The Bather by the Sea. Other highlights include Matisse’s famous series Jazz and Picasso’s etchings for the Dream and Lie of Franco, as well as many linoleum cuts by both artists. The DIA’s 13 paintings and two bronze sculptures on permanent display will be on view in the museum’s modern art galleries.


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

Through January 21, 2013

More than 200 precious objects made under the direction of Karl Fabergé provide a glimpse into a bygone era of Russian imperial glory. In addition to the array of stunning artworks, the exhibition explores Fabergé’s rise to international fame and the eventual demise of his designer brand, House of Fabergé.


For more than 40 years, the House of Fabergé produced world-renowned luxury objects during one of the most decadent and turbulent eras in modern Russian history. At the height of its success, the company employed more than 1,500 craftsmen and was selling today’s equivalent of $175 million worth of goods per year. The exhibition traces the story of Fabergé’s business savvy, artistic innovations and privileged relationship with the Russian aristocracy, especially the Romanov imperial family.


Visitors will have the rare opportunity to view imperial Russian treasures, including jewel-encrusted parasol handles, an array of enameled frames, a menagerie of animals carved from semi-precious stones and one-of-a-kind miniature egg pendants. The DIA is privileged to showcase six imperial Easter eggs, of which only 50 survive. Highlights include the Imperial Tsesarevich Egg (1912) and the Peter the Great Egg (1903). These eggs continue to capture popular imagination, both as relics of aristocratic excess and pinnacles of artistic ingenuity.


The DIA’s display is complemented by thought-provoking text, large-scale photo murals and hands-on activities to help visitors imagine the ways in which such luxury objects would have been hand-crafted in a workshop, viewed in a storefront and used to adorn the interior of the imperial palace. The museum is also featuring a variety of public programs, from lectures and artist demonstrations to rare silent films accompanied by live music.


Tickets are $15 for adults, $8 for children, $12 per person for groups of 15+, and free for DIA members. Purchase at the DIA Box Office, by phone at 313-833-4005 or at A $3.50 handling charge applies to nonmember tickets not purchased at the DIA. Tickets are timed and advance purchase is recommended. Final entry is one hour prior to closing.


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


Hidden Treasures: An Experiment

Through March 3, 2013

The way people look at works of art is deeply tied to the way in which museums present them; however, it’s rare for a museum to draw attention to this fact. But this idea is the driving force behind Hidden Treasures: An Experiment. The DIA received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to conduct research and perform conservation work on more than 30 paintings, many of which needed attention before they could be brought out of storage. The exhibition is designed so that visitors can, if they choose, walk around the gallery and look at each of the eight paintings in the show without written information of any kind—not even the artist’s name or the year in which it was painted. But if they step back a few feet, they’ll find a freestanding rail with two labels for each painting that present different information about the artwork: recently unearthed facts, details of the conservation process, questions that remain unanswered, and/or standard contextual background. After reading both labels, visitors can vote on which one made the painting more meaningful to them. After four months, the exhibition will close, visitor votes will be tallied, and the show will re-open as a regular exhibition featuring the labels that received the most votes.


This exhibition is organized by the Detroit Institute of Arts. Support has been provided by the National Endowment for the Arts and Walter Gibbs Endowment Fund.


Motor City Muse: Detroit Photographs, Then and Now

December 14, 2012–June 16, 2013

For more than 70 years, photographers have found inspiration for their work from the people, city streets, and automobile culture of Detroit. This exhibition includes select photographers who, through their personal vision and photographic skill, have captured subjects, past and present, specific to Detroit, its changing landscape, architecture and auto industry. Included are more than 100 photographs by Robert Frank, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Dave Jordano, Karin Jobst, Detroiters Nicola Kuperus, Russ Marshall and Bill Rauhauser, along with members of the Detroit School of Automotive Photography. This exhibition has been organized by the Detroit Institute of Arts. Support has been provided by the Chrysler brand Rock Ventures.


Shirin Neshat

April 7–July 7, 2013

Shirin Neshat, an Iranian American artist living in New York City, is widely acclaimed for her extraordinary video installations and art photography, yet her collected works are rarely considered as a singular production or displayed together. This mid-career retrospective includes eight video installations and two series of art photography. Through visual metaphor and compelling sound, Neshat confronts the complexities of identity, gender and power to express her own vision that embraces the depth of Islamic tradition and Western concepts of individuality and liberty. 


A richly illustrated catalogue will accompany the exhibition as well as a diverse series of public programs.


This exhibition is organized by the Detroit Institute of Arts. Generous support has been provided by the MetLife Foundation, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation.


Ellsworth Kelly: Prints

May 24–September 8, 2013

This is the first retrospective of the artist’s prolific printmaking career since the late 1980s. The exhibition coincides with the publication of the updated catalogue raisonné of Kelly’s work. As a thorough overview of his printmaking activity, it presents the consistency that is characteristic of his never-ending interest in exploring the effects of pure color and form through the now familiar curves, contrasts and grids that became his preferred motifs. All the prints come from the collection of Jordan D. Schnitzer of Portland, Oregon. The exhibition was organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.


Watch Me Move: The Animation Show

October 6, 2013–January 5, 2014

Watch Me Move is the most extensive animation show ever mounted, featuring both iconic moments and lesser-known masterpieces from the last 150 years. Visitors will have the rare opportunity to see an incredible array of animation techniques in more than 100 animated film segments from across generations and cultures. The exhibition includes animation’s great inventors, innovators and artists, from Georges Méliès and Chuck Jones to William Kentridge and Tim Burton, as well as animation studios such as Walt Disney, Aardman, Studio Ghibli and Pixar. This is a ticketed exhibition. Ticket prices TBD.


This immersive exhibition invites visitors to discover animation—from the familiar to the eccentric—through large-scale projections and intimate viewing spaces. As a complement to Watch Me Move the Detroit Film Theatre will offer a selection of feature-length animation, festival compilations and personal appearances by contemporary animators over the course of the exhibition.


This exhibition has been organized by Barbican Centre, London. The Barbican Centre is provided by the City of London Corporation as part of its contribution to the cultural life in London and the nation.



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:          Pamela Marcil            313-833-7899