Visiting an art museum is a great way to gain an understanding of yourself without hiring a translator for your Sanskrit-speaking brain. Explore the roots of your refrigerator-art movement with today’s Groupon to Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Children age 6–12 are admitted for $4, and children younger than 5, museum members, children’s groups, and students with IDs are admitted to the exhibition for free. Choose from one of the following options:
- For $25, you get $50 worth of gifts from the Minneapolis Institute of Arts museum shop.
- For $8, you get two tickets to Edo Pop: The Graphic Impact of Japanese Prints, running through January 8 (a $16 value).
- For $16, you get four tickets to Edo Pop: The Graphic Impact of Japanese Prints, running through January 8 (a $32 value).<p>
Through a permanent collection of close to 80,000 works, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts aims to immerse the half-million people it welcomes through its doors each year in a diverse ocean of art. The current featured exhibition, Edo Pop: The Graphic Impact of Japanese Prints takes viewers on a stroll through the Japanese Edo period to admire 160 of the MIA’s 3,000 Japanese woodblock prints. The exhibition features portraits of the beautiful women in the pleasure quarters and the actors of the kabuki theater. Several other masterpieces, from the 17th to the 19th century, adorn the exhibition, including works by Harunobu, Utamaro, and Hiroshige. In the portraits’ crisp lines and colors, viewers may observe fashions, entertainment, and two-dimensional hairstyles of Japan’s premodern urban class, along with works by contemporary artists inspired by the woodblock prints.
Before or after the exhibition, let your eye-sponges sop up the art juice of the museum’s free permanent collections and current exhibitions. Afterward, complement your new headful of modern-art knowledge with an armful of artistic replicas and artifacts from the on-site museum shop, such as a poster of Theodore Wendel’s Butterfly Catcher ($14.95), gingko bronze earrings ($54), 70 surreal works by Alexander Calder in The Surreal Calder ($45), and more in store.
Minneapolis Institute of Arts
When the Minneapolis Institute of Arts first opened its doors in 1915, it was the product of several decades of arts advocacy. A group of 25 citizens formed the Minneapolis Society of Fine Arts in 1883 with the goal of giving their community access to creative arts. More than a century later, this commitment to the community has taken the permanent collections from 800 works to close to 80,000 objects and has made the museum Minnesota's largest art educator.
The collections, divided into seven curatorial areas, encompass a period of 5,000 years and hail from every corner of the world. The Asian Art collection represents 17 different Asian cultures, and Arts of Africa and the Americas holds more than 3,000 pieces of sculpture, basketry, painting, and beadwork. Temporary exhibitions bring collections of artwork from other institutions. The museum's interactive learning stations supplement understanding of topics such as modernism or 17th-century European painting with animation, video, and audio recordings.
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