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Best Museum Exhibits To See This Fall In Detroit

September 17, 2012 2:00 PM

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The word “museum” comes to us from the Greek, meaning temple of the muses (goddesses of the inspiration to the arts, science and literature). Inspiration begets creativity which propels mankind forward in his journey through the marvels of life. Museums are the ultimate places to let your mind wander. Here are some must-see museum exhibits this fall guaranteeing to spark your imagination and touch your heart.

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“Picasso and Matisse: The DIA’s Prints and Drawings”
Detroit Institute of Art
5200 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48202
(313) 833-7900
dia.org

Dates: Now through January 6, 2013

Matisse and Picasso must have shared the same muse because they were intensely jealous and bitter rivals of each other. They detested each other’s art yet shared the common inspiration to forge a new movement at the dawn of the 20th century: the good, the bad and the ugly.  For Matisse, “His own paintings filled him with perturbation. At some point in 1901 or 1902, he slashed one of them with a palette knife” wrote biographer Hilary Spurling. Picasso, known as the cruel communist, took his perturbation out on everyone close to him – his children, his wives and his harem of lovers – whom he incorporated into his art as grossly dismembered cartoon-like figures. Matisse and Picasso’s works are virtual icons of the genesis of modern art, and this exhibit creates a peculiarly rich opportunity to advance our understanding of the direction modern art has led civilization.

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“Fabergé: The Rise and Fall, The Collection of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts”
Detroit Institute of Art
5200 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48202
(313) 833-7900
dia.org

Dates: October 14, 2012 through January 21, 2013

The opulent exhibit “Fabergé: The Rise and Fall” traces the glorious rise of jeweler Karl Fabergé as he worked his way to success as the preëminent purveyor of fine goldsmithing to the courts of Tsar Alexander III and Nicholas II to the tragic day when the Marxist Russian Social Democratic Labour Party Bolsheviks pirated his business from him in 1918. A collection of 200 precious objects, held by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, will be on exhibit at the Detroit Institute of Arts. These pieces are imbued with the artistic creativity flowing from the House of Fabergé as protégés of the Imperial Romanovs.

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“Racing in America”
The Henry Ford Museum
20900 Oakwood Blvd
Dearborn, MI 48124
(313) 982-6080
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The Henry Ford Museum is constructing a $15 million “Racing in America” exhibit, a permanent 22,000-square-foot homage to the dashing sport. “‘Racing in America’ celebrates the spirit, skills and genius that auto racing inspires,” says Patricia Mooradian, president of The Henry Ford historical center. The opening date is TBA, but the exhibit website has the latest and greatest news as the project develops and lesson plans for educators are ready for classroom use.

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“Manet: Portraying Life”
Toledo Museum of Art
2445 Monroe St
Toledo, OH 43620
(419) 255-8000
toledomuseum.org

Dates: October 7, 2012 through January 1, 2013

Although about an hour’s drive from Detroit, a visit to this museum is well worth your time. Édouard Manet is credited as “the father of Impressionism,” and a special Manet exhibition visits the Detroit region this fall, organized by the Royal Academy of Arts in London. Approximately 40 masterpieces from 25 museums and private collections around the world are assembled in one place to honor Manet. Best known for his painting “Le déjeuner sur l’herbe,” where a nude woman sits on a blanket among fully clothed men, Manet sent shock waves into the sensibilities of the humble public. Powered in part by hubris and part insanity, syphilis-infected Manet went on to inspire the greatest impressionists the world has ever seen. He broke away from Victorian-era tradition of propriety, opting instead to paint prostitutes, bar scenes and the love child born of the mistress shared between Manet and his father.

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Artist Exhibit at Comerica Bank’s New Michigan Market Headquarters
411 W Lafayette Blvd
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 584-4523

Comerica’s new $17 million Michigan market headquarters in Detroit is graced by a collection of art by Michigan artists – names like William Bostick, Robert Natkin, Ray Frost Fleming, Martyn Bouskila, Randall Higdon, Stephen Duren and Kari Wagner. The best-known artist is William Bostick; from 1946 to 1976 he was administrator of the DIA. He is remembered for his paintings of a number of Detroit landmarks including Mariner’s Church, St. John’s Episcopal Church and Saints Peter and Paul, the Old City Hall, the DIA, the Wayne County Building and the Detroit Public Library. On exhibit are his paintings of the DIA and Detroit skyline. All of the paintings in this exhibit are by Michigan artists, which makes this new collection intriguingly delicious.

Romero Anton Montalban-Anderssen is the winner of the 2009 first prize in journalism from the Detroit Working Writers Organization. He earned a Juris Doctor degree from Wayne State University School of Law. He has seasonal residency in Detroit Michigan, The Italian Riviera, and Honolulu Hawaii. His work can be found at Examiner.com.

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