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Minneapolis Institute of Art receives more than 400 birthday gifts for its 100th year milestone
Cinthya Soto, Dahl Violin Shop, 2015. C-prints, 127-1/3 x 159-1/2 in. (approx., overall).


MINNEAPOLIS, MN.- The Minneapolis Institute of Art announced today that more than 400 works of art from 58 individual collectors have been given to the museum in celebration of Mia’s 100th Birthday Year. These gifts or promised gifts comprise paintings, sculptures, works on paper, and decorative arts in all permanent collection areas—African, American, Native American, Asian, European, Modern and Contemporary, and South East Asian.

“Mia’s 100th birthday could not have been celebrated with more enthusiasm or support from our community of collectors,” said Kaywin Feldman, Duncan and Nivin MacMillan Director and President of Mia. “It’s inspiring to see such generosity from our donors who are gifting their works to our present and future generations of visitors. These wonderful gifts are a remarkable capstone for the 100th birthday celebration of one of the nation’s finest encyclopedic museums.”

Matthew Welch, Mia’s Deputy Director and Chief Curator, added: “This year has been a celebration of the ‘people’s museum’ since the collection was formed through the generosity of the community. That tradition continues as strongly as ever today, with big-hearted and farsighted collectors stepping forward to ensure that the collection—especially in this momentous year—continues to grow in meaningful ways.”

These gifts come from longtime supporters of the museum, including current and past Mia trustees and donors, as well as new patrons and nationally known collectors. Collectively, these and the Mary Griggs Burke gift of 670 objects earlier this year, have made 2015 a banner year for donations to the museum’s collections. Highlights of gifts and promised gifts include:

• contemporary British artist Tracey Emin’s fluorescent light sculpture With You I Want to Live

• contemporary Chinese painter Tai Xiangzhou’s ink on silk landscape Mountains and Streams

• two sculptures by 18th-century sculptor Giuseppe Sanmartino, best known for his ecclesiastical work

• 19th-century Japanese painter Hashimoto Gaho’sTaoist Immortal Chōkarō Releasing His Mule from a Gourd

• An ash-glazed stoneware jar by Kamoda Shoji, a 20th-century Japanese ceramist

• German Expressionist painter, draftsman, printmaker, and sculptor Max Beckmann’s print Jahrmarket

• Latin American contemporary artist Cinthya Soto’s photograph Dahl Violin Shop

• French landscape painter Jean-Baptist Camille Corot’s painting View of Rome from Monte Pincio

• French realist painter Francois Bonvin’s painting Up from the Cellar

• American Regionalist painter Thomas Hart Benton’s painting Portrait of Judge Brown Harris

• Irish-American painter, best known for his trompe-l'œil still-lifes, William Harnett’s Still-life with Flute and Times

Mia will integrate many of these works into the galleries in the new year, denoting them with a special 100th birthday marker.

“In addition to the incredibly diverse array of works gifted to our collections, the 100th Birthday Year has galvanized our audiences in their support for Mia,” said Julianne Amendola, Mia’s Chief Advancement Officer. “Sponsors and patrons contributed more than 6.5 million dollars in funds to support our exhibitions, activities, events, and programs this year, and more than 1 million dollars in private funds was contributed toward our acquisition of the monumental sculpture Eros Bendato Screpolato by Igor Mitoraj. We couldn’t be more inspired by and grateful for the outpouring of generosity from our community toward Mia.”





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