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The Minneapolis Institute of Arts turns 100
The Minneapolis Institute of Arts is a free museum and this year it’s celebrating its centennial so a big party is in order. Its neoclassical building opened in 1915, and expanded in 1974 and 2006 to accommodate its permanent collection of 83,000 pieces. Masterpieces in Focus, until May 3, is one of 52 events planned for the MIA’s100th anniversary. The exhibit will feature three surprise works that will be revealed one at a time in the weeks to come. Vermeer’s Woman Reading a Letter from the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam is the first piece on view. The MIA’s is also showing The Habsburgs: Rarely Seen Masterpieces from Europe’s Greatest Dynasty through May 10. It follows the royal house’s rise in the late Middle Ages through strategic marriages, political alliances and conquests to its decline at the end of WWI. Many of the show’s 93 pieces have never travelled outside of Austria and include armour, carriages, and court uniforms and dresses. Closed Mondays. tel: (888) 642-2787; new.artsmia.org.
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