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Final Weeks of Faberge: The Rise and Fall, The Collection of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts at Detroit Institute of Arts: Exhibition ends January 21—Advance tickets recommended for busy final weeks

Thursday, December 27, 2012

(Detroit)—There are only a few weeks left to see the Detroit Institute of Arts’ (DIA) popular special exhibition Fabergé: The Rise and Fall, The Collection of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, which ends Monday, Jan. 21. The museum will be open that Monday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. to celebrate Martin Luther King Day.
The exhibition offers a rare opportunity to view more than 200 precious objects produced by the House of Fabergé, including six Imperial Easter eggs, jewel-encrusted parasol and cane handles, an array of enameled frames, animals carved from semi-precious stones and miniature egg pendants. 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. 
Museum-goers will have the chance to purchase Fabergé-inspired and Russian-themed items in the shop located at the exit of the exhibition. Among the bestselling pieces are exquisite Fabergé-style egg pendants crafted by the Artel Collection. Owners Matthew and Debbie Duffy will be at the DIA Jan. 18 through 21, along with two of Artel’s Russian master jewelers who were trained in Moscow, St. Petersburg and Israel. They will be demonstrating techniques used in the process of making their pendants. 
The DIA also offers innovative programing in conjunction with Fabergé: The Rise and Fall. The remaining programs scheduled throughout the run of the exhibition are:

Drop-in Workshop: The Artable Egg

Sunday, January 6, 13, 20, Noon–4 p.m.

Transform a variety of egg-shaped materials into miniature works of art using beads, baubles, and bling.


Reworking Fabergé: In Conversation with Alexander Caldwell

Saturday, January 12, 2 p.m.

Alexander Caldwell, maker of the replica Fabergé Coronation Egg used in the movie Ocean’s
, reflects on his various artistic responses to Fabergé. Caldwell has spent the past 25 years studying Karl Fabergé and his methods. The lecture will be followed by a showing of 2004’s Ocean’s Twelve. Free with museum admission. The lecture is sponsored by the Bernard J. Reilly Fund.


Igor Stravinsky’s Firebird

Friday, January 18, 7 and 8:30 p.m.; Sunday, January 20, 1 and 3 p.m.

Choreographer Jeff Rebudal and the Firebird Trio present a re-imagining of Igor Stravinsky’s classic ballet.


Puppet Performance: Kathleen Kennedy Tobin and Company Present The Storming of the Winter Palace

Friday, January 18, 8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, January 19 and 20, 1 and 3 p.m.

Puppeteer Kathleen Kennedy Tobin and Company re-create in puppet form a seminal moment in Russian history. Three years after the overthrow of the government, the Bolsheviks commemorated their triumph with a massive on-site spectacle in front of and inside the Winter Palace, which will be recreated here in miniature form.


Artist Demonstration: Pysanky (Egg Decoration)

Sunday, January 20, Noon to 4 p.m.

Learn about the traditional Ukrainian and Polish craft of egg decorating that uses wax and colorful dyes as artist Zenia Brezden illustrates a variety of Pysanky techniques and practices.

Tickets for Fabergé: The Rise and Fall

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 strongly recommended. Final entry is one hour prior to closing.


Hours and Admission
Museum hours are 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Tuesdays–Thursdays, 9 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