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The Detroit Institute of arts, Detroit

Founded in 1885, the museum was originally located on Jefferson Avenue, but, due to its rapidly expanding collection, moved to the current site on Woodward Avenue in 1927. The 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, with about 66,000 works. The foundation was laid by William Valentiner, who was director from 1924 to 1945 and acquired many important works that established the framework of today's collections. Among his notable acquisitions are Mexican artist Diego Rivera's Detroit Industry(opens in new window) fresco cycle, which Rivera considered his most successful work, and Vincent van Gogh's Self-Portrait(opens in new window), 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. 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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Woodward Avenue, 5200, Detroit, Michigan
Museum's collection
Vincent van Gogh. Portrait of the postman Roulin
Vincent van Gogh
1888, 65×50.5 cm
Alfred Sisley. Church in Moret after the rain
Alfred Sisley
1894, 73×60.5 cm
James Abbot McNeill Whistler. Nocturne in black and gold. The falling rocket
James Abbot McNeill Whistler
1875, 60.3×46.6 cm
Diego Maria Rivera. Fragment of fresco on the south wall of the Detroit Institute of the Arts
Diego Maria Rivera
Haim Solomonovich Soutine. Red gladioli
Haim Solomonovich Soutine
1919, 54.6×45.7 cm
Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Glade in the forest
Pierre-Auguste Renoir
1865, 57×82 cm
Vincent van Gogh. Self portrait in straw hat
Vincent van Gogh
1887, 34.9×26.7 cm
Piet Mondrian. Still life with sunflowers
Piet Mondrian
1907, 53.5×56.4 cm
Vincent van Gogh. River walk
Vincent van Gogh
July 1890, 73.3×93.7 cm
William-Adolphe Bouguereau. The collection of hazelnuts
William-Adolphe Bouguereau
1882, 87×134 cm
Pablo Picasso. Melancholic woman
Pablo Picasso
1902, 100×69 cm
Diego Maria Rivera. Mexican peasant
Diego Maria Rivera
1946, 40×30 cm
Pieter Bruegel The Elder. Wedding dance
Pieter Bruegel The Elder
1566, 119.4×157.5 cm
Paul Cezanne. Bathers (Detroit)
Paul Cezanne
1880, 61×57 cm
Artemisia Gentileschi. Judith and her maid with Holofernes head
Artemisia Gentileschi
1625, 184×141 cm
Claude Monet. A rounded flower bed with flowers
Claude Monet
1876, 89.3×81.3 cm
Lucas Cranach the Elder. Saint Christopher
Lucas Cranach the Elder
1520, 41×27 cm
James Abbot McNeill Whistler. Composition in grey. Self portrait
James Abbot McNeill Whistler
1872, 75×53.3 cm
Henri Matisse. Vase with poppies
Henri Matisse
1919, 100.7×81.3 cm
Diego Maria Rivera. Officer in prison
Diego Maria Rivera
1953, 27×21 cm