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Detroit Institute of Arts

5200 Woodward Ave, Detroit, Michigan 48202 USA

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“Detroit's temple of art”

The DIA has been a beacon of culture for the Detroit area for well over a century. Founded in 1885, the museum was originally located on Jefferson Avenue, but, due to its rapidly expanding collection, moved to a larger site on Woodward Avenue in 1927. The new Beaux-Arts building, designed by Paul Cret, was immediately referred to as the "temple of art." Two wings were added in the 1960s and 1970s, and a major renovation and expansion that began in 1999 was completed in 2007.  The museum covers 658,000 square feet that includes more than 100 galleries, a 1,150-seat auditorium, a 380-seat lecture/recital hall, an art reference library, and a state-of-the-art conservation services laboratory. The DIA's collection is among the top six in the United States, comprising a multicultural and multinational survey of human creativity from prehistory through the 21st century. The foundation was laid by William Valentiner, a scholar and art historian from Berlin, who was director from 1924 to 1945 . His extensive contacts in Europe, along with support from generous patrons, enabled him to acquire many important works that established the framework of today's collections. Among the notable acquisitions during his tenure are Mexican artist Diego Rivera's Detroit Industry fresco cycle, which Rivera considered his most successful work, and Vincent Van Gogh's Self Portrait, the first van Gogh painting to enter a U.S. museum collection. A hallmark of the DIA is the diversity of the collection. In addition to outstanding American, European, Modern and Contemporary, and Graphic art, the museum holds significant works of African, Asian, Native American, Oceanic, Islamic, and Ancient art. Among these are the masterpiece sculpture Nail Figure from Zaire and a rare Korean Head of Buddha. In 2000, the DIA established the General Motors Center for African American Art as a curatorial department in order to broaden the museum's collection of African American art.

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This was top three art museums I've ever been to. I've been to Detroit many times and for some reason never visited the art museum. We brought our 1 1/2 year old with us and I was really impressed... Read more

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7/1/23 It's been a while since I've been to a museum and the Detroit Institute of Arts is a great spot to check out. There wasn't any street parking so we parked in the parking lot across from... Read more

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I wish I had more time in this museum so that I could see all the different exhibits, but from the 2/3rds that I was able to visit, the collection here is spectacular. I really appreciate the... Read more

Detroit Institute of Arts

5200 Woodward Ave
Detroit, Michigan
48202 USA
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