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The Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis

In 1883, twenty-five citizens of Minneapolis founded the Minneapolis Society of Fine Arts, committing them to bringing the arts into the life of their community. More than a century later, the museum they created, the Minneapolis Institute of Art, stands as a monument to a remarkable history of civic involvement and cultural achievement.

Designed by the preeminent New York architectural firm McKim, Mead and White, the original building opened its doors in 1915. A neoclassical landmark in the Twin Cities, the museum expanded in 1974 with an addition designed by the late Japanese architect Kenzo Tange. In June 2006, the museum unveiled a new wing designed by architect Michael Graves.

The Target Wing was the result of a major renovation and expansion that included thirty-four new galleries, increasing exhibition space by 40 percent. The expansion included a new Lecture Hall, Photographs Study Room, Print Study Room, and an Art Research Library in a more visible location. The Graves design respectfully combined the neoclassical elegance of the original McKim, Mead & White 1915 building with the minimalism of Tange’s 1974 addition.

Mia’s permanent collection has grown from 800 works of art to more than 89,000 objects. The collection includes world-famous works that embody the highest levels of artistic achievement, spanning about 20,000 years and representing the world’s diverse cultures across six continents. The museum has seven curatorial areas: Arts of Africa & the Americas; Contemporary Art; Decorative Arts, Textiles & Sculpture; Asian Art; Paintings; Photography and New Media; and Prints and Drawings.

Mia is one of the largest arts educators in Minnesota. More than a half-million people visit the museum each year, and a hundred thousand more are reached through the museum’s Art Adventure program for elementary schoolchildren. The museum’s free general admission policy, public programs, classes for children and adults, and award-winning interactive media programs have helped to broaden and deepen this museum’s roots in the communities it serves.

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2400 Third Avenue South, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Museum's collection
Albrecht Durer. Melancholy
Albrecht Durer
1514, 23.8×18.6 cm
Camille Pissarro. Opera passage, Paris in the rain
Camille Pissarro
1898, 73.6×91.4 cm
Hendrick Jansz Terbrugghen. Players in cards
Hendrick Jansz Terbrugghen
Egon Schiele. Portrait of albert Paris von gütersloh
Egon Schiele
1918, 140×110 cm
Wassily Kandinsky. Small worlds 4
Wassily Kandinsky
1922, 33.7×28.9 cm
William-Adolphe Bouguereau. Gypsy
William-Adolphe Bouguereau
XIX century, 150×124.5 cm
Utagawa Hiroshige. Korusan temple in Asakusa. The series "100 famous views of Edo"
Utagawa Hiroshige
1856, 34.1×22.3 cm
Utagawa Hiroshige. A sudden summer downpour over the bridge Okami in Atake. The series "100 famous views of Edo"
Utagawa Hiroshige
1857, 33.8×22.1 cm
Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Square. Mark's, Venice
Pierre-Auguste Renoir
1881, 65.4×81.3 cm
William-Adolphe Bouguereau. A woman with a child on the lawn
William-Adolphe Bouguereau
Katsushika Hokusai. Lily
Katsushika Hokusai
1833, 25×36.1 cm
Frédéric Bazille. Landscape on the banks of the Lez
Frédéric Bazille
1870, 137.1×200.6 cm
Egon Schiele. Girl standing, wrapped in a blanket
Egon Schiele
1909, 140×52.7 cm
Utagawa Hiroshige. Temple Kannondo in the province of Bingo
Utagawa Hiroshige
1856, 37.1×25.6 cm
Utagawa Hiroshige. The Taiko bridge at Meguro snowy evening
Utagawa Hiroshige
1857, 34×22.4 cm
Eugene Delacroix. The fanatics in Tangier
Eugene Delacroix
1838, 96.5×129.5 cm
Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn. Lucrezia
Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn
1666, 110.2×92.3 cm
Paul Gauguin. Tahitian mountains
Paul Gauguin
1893, 73×93 cm
Claude Monet. Japanese bridge
Claude Monet
1919, 89×116 cm
Paul Signac. The Boulevard De Clichy
Paul Signac
1887, 48.1×65.6 cm