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DIA exterior at night
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Detroit Institute of Arts Exhibitions Fall 2013 through Spring 2014

Monday, July 08, 2013

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.

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 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. 

Support for this exhibition is provided by Jordan D. Schnitzer and the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation, Portland, Oregon, with additional support in Detroit provided by Dede and Oscar Feldman, Marjorie & Maxwell Jospey Foundation, Lisa and Robert Katzman, Marianne and Alan Schwartz, Marc Schwartz, Lori and J. Patrick Stillwagon, Ileane and Bruce Thal, and the City of Detroit. 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. 

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. 

Tickets include a pass to one exhibition-related program at the Detroit Film Theatre. Some exceptions apply. Adults: $14 before Nov. 19, $20 after Nov. 19. Ages 6-17: $8 before Nov. 19, $10 after Nov. 19.
Groups (15+): $15 (Discounts for early bookings) DIA members are free. 

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.  

In Detroit, generous support has been provided by the GM Foundation and Honigman. Additional support has been provided by the City of Detroit.

Foto Europa, 1840 to the Present
October 25, 2013-April 27, 2014
Foto Europa features more than 70 works by Europeans photographers, mostly drawn from the DIA’s collection. Rare examples of early photographic techniques, classic black-and-white photography and large-scale contemporary color photographs are included, many of which have never been on view.

Highlights include British pioneers William Henry Fox-Talbot, war documentarian Roger Fenton, Victorian-era portraitists Julia Margaret Cameron and Hill and Adamson as well as experimental work and abstraction from between the World Wars by Herbert Bayer, Lázló Moholy-Nagy and Man Ray. From mid-century are innovators in the field of photo reportage including Bill Brandt, Henri Cartier-Bresson and Robert Frank as well as work by influential 20th-century German photographers August Sander, Bernd and Hilla Becher and large-scale color work by Candida Höfer. Also on view are never-before-seen works by contemporary artists Christian Boltanski and Gerhard Richter who challenge traditional ideas about photography as truthful representations of reality.

A special section devoted to recent work by European photographers in Detroit includes the contrasting architectural studies by German artist Karin Jobst and French duo Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre, and portraiture by Dutch photographer Corine Vermeulen, who currently resides in Detroit.

Samurai: Beyond the Sword
March 9-June 1, 2014
Samurai: Beyond the Sword offers a rare opportunity to experience a broad, comprehensive and nuanced picture of the Samurai, Japan's military elite who dominated and eventually ruled Japan between the 12th and 19th centuries. While elaborate paintings of epic battle scenes, menacing suits of armor and meticulously crafted blades offer sharp reminders of the Samurai's military roots, exquisite representations of nature, Buddhist and Chinese legendary figures as well as illustrated classical literature or romantic and epic stories on screen and scroll paintings, shimmering Noh theater costumes, and finely crafted objects used in the tea ceremony reveal the aesthetic idea of severe elegance and thus the principles of awareness and mindfulness that Samurai pursued throughout their lives. 
This exhibition is organized by the Detroit Institute of Arts, based on the original exhibition Lethal Beauty, curated by Dr. Andreas Marks, Clark Center for Japanese Art and Culture, with tour organized by International Arts & Artists, Washington, DC. In Detroit, the exhibition is generously supported by the Denso International America, Inc. Additional support is provided by the City of Detroit.

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