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The Art of Restoring Russia's Greatest Palaces

Monday, March 27, 2006

French architecture expert to speak at the DIA


Gain insight into the ways majestic palaces are restored back to their immaculate state when renowned art historian Emmanuel Ducamp reveals how his studies contributed to the impeccable refurbishment of Russia’s regal palaces.  These imperial residences and gardens such as the Winter palace and the homes of Peter the Great and Catherine the Great suffered great damage during World War II.  Decamp’s archival materials have supported efforts to bring these properties back to their original glory. This lecture is free with museum admission.


Saturday, April 22 at 2 p.m.


The Lecture Hall, The Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward, Detroit, 48202


Emmanual Ducamp is a highly respected art historian with a specialty in Russian imperial decorative arts and architecture.  He has lectured extensively in Europe and the U.S. and has written several books including his recently published “Great Private Collections of Imperial Russia.”


This lecture is sponsored by the Visiting Committee for European Sculpture and Decorative Arts.

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.