What You'll Get
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: for $8, you get two tickets to the exhibition, Titian and the Golden Age of Venetian Painting (up to a $16 value) at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, on 3rd Avenue, running through May 1. Children ages 6–12 are admitted for $4, and children under 5 and students with IDs are admitted to the exhibition for free.
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, Titian and the Golden Age of Venetian Painting takes viewers on a snorkel-free stroll through the canals of Venice to admire the paintings, pendants, and drawings of the Italian Renaissance, on loan from the National Galleries of Scotland. The exhibition features Diana and Actaeon and Diana and Callisto, a pair of paintings created by Titian to depict moments from Ovid's Metamorphoses. Several other 16th-century masterpieces adorn the exhibition, including works by Lorenzo Lotto, Jacopo Tintoretto, Jacopo Bassano, Paris Bordon, Giovanni Cariani, and Paolo Veronese. In a companion exhibition, Venice on Paper, viewers may observe an extraordinary selection of drawings, love letters, and shopping lists for 17-foot tall blocks of marble.
Before or after the exhibition, let your eye-sponges sop up the art juice of the museum's free permanent collections, a walking wormhole that extends through space and time from early Africa and the Americas to ancient China to contemporary Japan. Classical paintings, new photography, drawings, and sculptures will help art seekers remember what separates us from our less creative canine cousins and why Mother Nature always loved dung beetles more. Eighteen free current exhibitions allow viewers to expand their understanding of mourning monks, antique mechanical banks, and much more. Afterward, complement your new headful of modern-art knowledge with a mouthful from the on-site restaurant and café.
Mpls.St.Paul magazine, Minnesota Monthly, and the Star Tribune featured the Titian and the Golden Age of Venetian Painting exhibit at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Fifty-five Yelpers give the Minneapolis Institute of Arts an average rating of 4.5 stars.
- The headliner is Titian and the Golden Age of Venetian Painting: Masterpieces from the National Galleries of Scotland, which includes two of the greatest paintings from the Italian Renaissance, Diana and Actaeon and Diana and Callisto, collectively known as Titian's "Diana" paintings. Neither of these masterpieces has ever left Europe before, and chances are they never will again—so see them you must. – Tad Simons, Mpls.St.Paul magazine,
- The phrase "once in a lifetime" is way overused, but it's the best way to describe this exquisite jewel of an exhibition at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. – Mary Abbe, Star Tribune
The Fine Print
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About 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.