Detroit Institute of Arts

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Founded in 1885, the Detroit Institute of Arts moved to its current Beaux-Arts building in 1927, when Detroit was the auto industry capital of the world. One of the best-known works in its collection, Mexican artist Diego Rivera’s modernist “Detroit Industry” fresco cycle (1932-1933), was created for the museum shortly thereafter. Famous for the breadth of its collection, the DIA established a special curatorial department in 2000 charged with expanding its collection of African American art. In 2014, a federal bankruptcy plan for the ailing city saved DIA’s collection—rumored to be worth more than a billion dollars—from being auctioned off to help pay the city’s debt, ensuring that such masterpieces as Jan van Eyck’s luminous painting Saint Jerome in his Study (c. 1435) and John Sloan’s plainspoken canvas McSorley’s Bar (1912) remain on view.

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Detroit Institute of Arts says
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.
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By: Tolly Wright

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Venue name: Detroit Institute of Arts
Contact:
Address: 5200 Woodward Ave
Detroit
48202
Cross street: between E Kirby and Farnsworth Sts
Opening hours: Tue–Thu 9am–4pm, Fri 9am–10pm, Sat–Sun 10am–5pm
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