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DIA exterior at night
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Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Exhibition exploring artistic interpretations of bowls opens the week before the big game

December 28, 2005 (Detroit)—Detroit’s first kick off actually occurs a week before Super Bowl XL at the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) for the multimedia extravaganza The Super Bowl Show: Still-Life Prints, Drawing, Photographs and Vessels, on view from Jan. 25 to April 30.  Representing artists as varied as Henri de Toulouse Lautrec, Dale Chihuly and Pablo Picasso, the exhibition showcases a dynamic collection of approximately 100 works on paper and 20 bowls that will leave visitors cheering “touchdown.” The exhibition is free with museum admission.

            “With so many out-of-town visitors in Detroit this winter, I am very happy the museum has two very different exhibitions on view, Camille Claudel and Rodin: Fateful Encounter and The Super Bowl Show,” said Graham W. J. Beal, DIA director. “Bringing such a diverse selection of works together for The Super Bowls Show was quite a challenge, and we thought it would be a playful reflection on the biggest event in Detroit: Super Bowl XL.”

            The Super Bowl Show is made up of works taken from the museum’s vast graphic arts, European and contemporary art collections, brought together to survey the age-old artistic subject, the bowl or vessel.  The stunningly juxtaposed pieces will represent an eclectic range of schools and time periods.  From the magnificent drawings of famed Mexican artist Diego Rivera and great American artist James McNeill Whistler to the smooth contours of vessels by contemporary artists Michael Glancy and Jay Musler, this exhibition will present works from some of the world’s most influential artists who have all been inspired by vessels.

Hours and Admission

Museum hours are 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m.–9 p.m. Fridays, and 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Admission is a donation. We recommend $6 for adults and $3 for children. DIA members are admitted free. For membership information call 313-833-7971.

Programs are made possible with support from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the City of Detroit.

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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 is currently undergoing a major renovation, scheduled for completion in late 2007. The museum remains open with a dynamic schedule of programs and activities for all ages. Visitors can enjoy some of the DIA’s “greatest hits” while the museum prepares for an entirely new installation when renovations are completed.