Detroit Institute of Arts

Image Number: 00701
<br>Detail of The Thinker by Auguste Rodin with the Detroit Institute of Arts facade in the background
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--Detroit, Michigan Image Number: 00702
<br>Detail of Le Flueve et La Garrone by Antoine Coysevox at Detroit Institute of Arts
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--Detroit, Michigan Image Number: 00703
<br>Alexander J. Cassatt by Mary Cassatt at Detroit Institute of Arts
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--Detroit, Michigan Image Number: 00704
<br>Portrait Of A Collagist by Benny Andrews at Detroit Institute of Arts
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--Detroit, Michigan Image Number: 00705
<br>Self-Portraits by Andy Warhol at Detroit Institute of Arts
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--Detroit, Michigan Image Number: 00706
<br>Giant Three-Way Plug by Claes Oldenburg at Detroit Institute of Arts
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--Detroit, Michigan Image Number: 00707
<br>Linear Construction No. 4 by Naum Gabo at Detroit Institute of Arts
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--Detroit, Michigan Image Number: 00708
<br>Flowers In A Glass Vase by Rachel Ruysch at Detroit Institute of Arts
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--Detroit, Michigan Image Number: 00709
<br>The Wedding Dance by Pieter Bruegel The Elder at Detroit Institute of Arts
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--Detroit, Michigan Image Number: 00710
<br>Eleanora Of Toledo And Her Son by Agnolo Bronzino at Detroit Institute of Arts
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--Detroit, Michigan Image Number: 00711
<br>Virgin And Child On The Crescent Moon by the Circle of Michel Erhart at Detroit Institute of Arts
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--Detroit, Michigan Image Number: 00712
<br>Bathers by Paul Cezanne at Detroit Institute of Arts
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--Detroit, Michigan Image Number: 00713
<br>Three Dancers In Yellow Skirts by Edgar Degas at Detroit Institute of Arts
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--Detroit, Michigan Image Number: 00714
<br>Bust Of A Girl (Inuit sculpture) at Detroit Institute of Arts
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--Detroit, Michigan Image Number: 00715
<br>Snake-Dragon, symbol of Marduk, the patron God of Babylon (Panel from the Ishtar Gate) at Detroit Institute of Arts
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--Detroit, Michigan Image Number: 00716
<br>Seated Man (Egyptian sculpture) at Detroit Institute of Arts
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--Detroit, Michigan Image Number: 00717
<br>Detail of Modular Open Cube Pieces (9x9x9) Floor-Corner by Sol LeWitt at Detroit Institute of Arts
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--Detroit, Michigan Image Number: 00718
<br>The Window by Henri Matisse at Detroit Institute of Arts
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--Detroit, Michigan Image Number: 00719
<br>Poppies by Henri Matisse at Detroit Institute of Arts
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--Detroit, Michigan Image Number: 00720
<br>Anemones And Peach Blossoms by Henri Matisse at Detroit Institute of Arts
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--Detroit, Michigan Image Number: 00721
<br>Coffee by Henri Matisse at Detroit Institute of Arts
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--Detroit, Michigan Image Number: 00722
<br>Portrait Of Manuel Pallares by Pablo Picasso at Detroit Institute of Arts
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--Detroit, Michigan Image Number: 00723
<br>Head Of A Harlequin by Pablo Picasso at Detroit Institute of Arts
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--Detroit, Michigan Image Number: 00724
<br>Sylvette by Pablo Picasso at Detroit Institute of Arts
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--Detroit, Michigan Image Number: 00725
<br>Seated Woman by Pablo Picasso at Detroit Institute of Arts
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--Detroit, Michigan Image Number: 00726
<br>Bottle Of Anis Del Mono by Pablo Picasso at Detroit Institute of Arts
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--Detroit, Michigan Image Number: 00727
<br>Girl Reading by Pablo Picasso at Detroit Institute of Arts
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--Detroit, Michigan Image Number: 00728
<br>Country Wedding by Guy Pene du Bois at Detroit Institute of Arts
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--Detroit, Michigan Image Number: 00729
<br>Leisure Hours by John Everett Millais at Detroit Institute of Arts
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--Detroit, Michigan Image Number: 00730
<br>The Beach Hat by Robert Cozad Henri at Detroit Institute of Arts
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--Detroit, Michigan Image Number: 00731
<br>The Young Girl by Robert Cozad Henri at Detroit Institute of Arts
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--Detroit, Michigan Image Number: 00732
<br>The Diggers by Vincent van Gogh at Detroit Institute of Arts
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--Detroit, Michigan Image Number: 00733
<br>Self Portrait by Vincent van Gogh at Detroit Institute of Arts
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--Detroit, Michigan Image Number: 00734
<br>Portrait Of Postman Roulin by Vincent van Gogh at Detroit Institute of Arts
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--Detroit, Michigan Image Number: 00735
<br>The White Pierrot by Pierre-Auguste Renoir at Detroit Institute of Arts
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--Detroit, Michigan Image Number: 00736
<br>Seated Bather by Pierre-Auguste Renoir at Detroit Institute of Arts
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--Detroit, Michigan Image Number: 00737
<br>Head Of A Man by Paul Cezanne at Detroit Institute of Arts
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--Detroit, Michigan Image Number: 00738
<br>Mont Sainte-Victoire by Paul Cezanne at Detroit Institute of Arts
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--Detroit, Michigan Image Number: 00739
<br>Violinist And Young Woman by Edgar Degas at Detroit Institute of Arts
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--Detroit, Michigan Image Number: 00740
<br>Arrangement In Gray: Portrait Of The Painter by James Abbott McNeill Whistler at Detroit Institute of Arts
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--Detroit, Michigan Image Number: 00741
<br>Nocture In Black And Gold, The Falling Rocket by James Abbott McNeill Whistler at Detroit Institute of Arts
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--Detroit, Michigan Image Number: 00742
<br>Portrait Of A Woman by Edgar Degas at Detroit Institute of Arts
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--Detroit, Michigan Image Number: 00743
<br>Graziella by Pierre-Auguste Renoir at Detroit Institute of Arts
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--Detroit, Michigan Image Number: 00744
<br>Woman In An Armchair by Pierre-Auguste Renoir at Detroit Institute of Arts
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--Detroit, Michigan Image Number: 00745
<br>Bank Of The Oise At Auvers by Vincent van Gogh at Detroit Institute of Arts
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--Detroit, Michigan Image Number: 00746
<br>Self Portrait by Paul Gauguin at Detroit Institute of Arts
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--Detroit, Michigan Image Number: 00747
<br>The Path by Camille Pissarro at Detroit Institute of Arts
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--Detroit, Michigan Image Number: 00748
<br>Gladioli by Claude Monet at Detroit Institute of Arts
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--Detroit, Michigan Image Number: 00749
<br>The Nut Gatherers by William Adolphe Bouguereau at Detroit Institute of Arts
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--Detroit, Michigan Image Number: 00750
<br>In The Garden by Mary Cassatt at Detroit Institute of Arts
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--Detroit, Michigan Image Number: 00751
<br>View Of Le Crotoy From Upstream by Georges Pierre Seurat at Detroit Institute of Arts
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--Detroit, Michigan Image Number: 00752
<br>Detail of Detroit Industry by Diego Rivera at Detroit Institute of Arts
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--Detroit, Michigan Image Number: 00753
<br>Detail of Detroit Industry by Diego Rivera at Detroit Institute of Arts
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--Detroit, Michigan Image Number: 00754
<br>The Great Hall at Detroit Institute of Arts
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--Detroit, Michigan Image Number: 00755
<br>The Glade by Julius Stewart at Detroit Institute of Arts
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--Detroit, Michigan Image Number: 00756
<br>Surf And Rocks by Childe Hassam at Detroit Institute of Arts
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--Detroit, Michigan Image Number: 00757
<br>Madame Paul Poirson by John Singer Sargent at Detroit Institute of Arts
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--Detroit, Michigan Image Number: 00758
<br>Cotopaxi by Frederic Edwin Church at Detroit Institute of Arts
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--Detroit, Michigan Image Number: 00759
<br>Little Girl In Pink With Goblet by Joshua Johnson at Detroit Institute of Arts
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--Detroit, Michigan Image Number: 00760
<br>Indian Telegraph by John Mix Stanley at Detroit Institute of Arts
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--Detroit, Michigan Image Number: 00761
<br>Johnathan Mountfort by John Singleton Copley at Detroit Institute of Arts
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--Detroit, Michigan Image Number: 00762
<br>Self Portrait by Rembrandt Peale at Detroit Institute of Arts
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--Detroit, Michigan Image Number: 00763
<br>George Washington by Rembrandt Peale at Detroit Institute of Arts
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--Detroit, Michigan Image Number: 00764
<br>Watson And The Shark by John Singleton Copley at Detroit Institute of Arts
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--Detroit, Michigan Image Number: 00765
<br>Chapel from Chateau de Lannoy at Detroit Institute of Arts
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--Detroit, Michigan Image Number: 00766
<br>Annunciatory Angel by Fra Angelico at Detroit Institute of Arts
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--Detroit, Michigan Image Number: 00767
<br>The Goddess Minerva by Jean-Honore Fragonard at Detroit Institute of Arts
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--Detroit, Michigan Image Number: 00768
<br>Stairway at Detroit Institute of Arts
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--Detroit, Michigan Image Number: 00769
<br>The Jewish Cemetery by Jacob Isaaksz Van Ruisdael at Detroit Institute of Arts
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--Detroit, Michigan Image Number: 02724
<br>Christ attributed to Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn at the Detroit Institute of Arts<br>
--Detroit, Michigan Image Number: 02725
<br>Seated Nude by Frank Duveneck at the Detroit Institute of Arts<br>
--Detroit, Michigan Image Number: 02726
<br>The Communicant by Gari Melchers at the Detroit Institute of Arts<br>
--Detroit, Michigan Image Number: 02727
<br>The Nightmare by Henry Fuseli at the Detroit Institute of Arts<br>
--Detroit, Michigan Image Number: 03964
<br>Detail of Snake-Dragon, symbol of Marduk, the patron God of Babylon (Panel from the Ishtar Gate) at Detroit Institute of Arts<br>
--Detroit, Michigan Image Number: 03965
<br>Detail of copper figure on Knife For Sacrifice at Detroit Institute of Arts<br>
--Detroit, Michigan Image Number: 03966
<br>Female Portrait From A Burial Stone at Detroit Institute of Arts<br>
--Detroit, Michigan Image Number: 03967
<br>Detail of Statue Of A Priest Named Sebek-em-hat at Detroit Institute of Arts<br>
--Detroit, Michigan Image Number: 03968
<br>Detail of Seated Man at Detroit Institute of Arts<br>
--Detroit, Michigan Image Number: 03969
<br>Detail of Palace Door by Olowe of Ise at Detroit Institute of Arts<br>
--Detroit, Michigan Image Number: 03970
<br>Detail of Mother And Child at Detroit Institute of Arts<br>
--Detroit, Michigan Image Number: 03971
<br>Detail of Sonja Henie (Marionette) by Frank Paris at Detroit Institute of Arts<br>
--Detroit, Michigan Image Number: 03972
<br>On The Beach by Edouard Manet at Detroit Institute of Arts<br>
--Detroit, Michigan Image Number: 03973
<br>Detail of Blood/Sweat/Tears by Alison Saar at Detroit Institute of Arts<br>
--Detroit, Michigan Image Number: 03974
<br>Detail of Pill Spill by Beverly Fishman at Detroit Institute of Arts<br>
--Detroit, Michigan Image Number: 03975
<br>Detail of Variability Of Similar Forms by Nancy Graves at Detroit Institute of Arts<br>
--Detroit, Michigan Image Number: 03976
<br>Detail of Wine-Bottle Cooler by Jean-Baptiste-Claude Odiot at Detroit Institute of Arts<br>
--Detroit, Michigan Image Number: 04480
<br>Facade of the Detroit Institute of Arts<br>
--Detroit, Michigan

Location Name:  Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan)

Location Type:  Museum (Art)

Year Completed:  1927 with 1966, 1971 and 2007 additions

Architect(s):  Paul Philippe Cret (Original Building), Gunnar Birkerts, Michael Graves and SmithGroup (Additions)

History:  

The Detroit Institute of Arts is a world-class art institution in Detroit’s Cultural Center Historic District. The museum began as the Detroit Museum of Art in 1885. The museum was funded by many wealthy benefactors interested in creating a cultural institution in Detroit; most notably James E. Scripps, a local newspaper magnate. The first painting acquired by the museum was donated in 1883 and the collection grew quickly in the following years. The museum’s first home, a beautiful Romanesque style building on East Jefferson Avenue at Hastings Street in 1888, was demolished in 1960 to make way for the Chrysler Freeway. In 1919 the name of the museum was changed to the Detroit Institute of Arts and it became property of the City of Detroit; ever since the museum and its collections have belonged to the people of Detroit.

With a growing collection, thanks in large to the generosity of the automobile barons of Detroit, the museum soon needed a larger place to display their art. In 1922, Horace Rackham donated a casting of Auguste Rodin’s The Thinker which was exhibited at the site of the current building when its construction began. The new building was designed in the Beaux-Arts Italian Renaissance style by architect Paul Philippe Cret. Covered in a white marble exterior, the building was dedicated on 07 October 1927. In 1932, Edsel Ford commissioned the Detroit Industry mural inside the Grand Courtyard (which was covered to protect the work). The museum’s Main Hall became home to William Randolph Hearst’s armor collection. The wealth of artwork on the walls soon outgrew this new home and several additions were added. First, the North Wing (later renamed for Mayor Jerome Cavanaugh) was built in 1966, and the South Wing (later renamed for Edsel and Eleanor Ford) opened in 1971; both were designed by Gunnar Birkerts. Noted theatre architect C. Howard Crane designed the 1,150-seat Detroit Film Theatre at the museum. In 2007 the museum completed a $158 million renovation which covered the exterior of the additions with white marble to match the original Cret building. The renovation also boosted the museum’s floor space to its current 658,000 square feet.

Today the Detroit Institute of Arts is the second largest municipally owned museum in the United States. Its collection has been rated the sixth best of all American art museums and it is valued at over $1 billion. From 2000-2009, the museum’s average attendance reached 393,000 (and this figure would surely have been higher had the museum not been running in a decreased capacity for over three years during the recent renovation). With the completion of the renovation and the recent passage of a tri-county millage to support the museum, the future of the DIA looks as bright as ever.

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