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 Mias 100th Birthday Year. These gifts or promised gifts comprise paintings, sculptures, works on paper, and decorative arts in all permanent collection areasAfrican, American, Native American, Asian, European, Modern and Contemporary, and South East Asian.
Mias 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. Its 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 nations finest encyclopedic museums.
Matthew Welch, Mias Deputy Director and Chief Curator, added: This year has been a celebration of the peoples 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 collectionespecially in this momentous yearcontinues 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 museums collections. Highlights of gifts and promised gifts include:
contemporary British artist Tracey Emins fluorescent light sculpture With You I Want to Live
contemporary Chinese painter Tai Xiangzhous 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 GahosTaoist 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 Beckmanns print Jahrmarket
Latin American contemporary artist Cinthya Sotos photograph Dahl Violin Shop
French landscape painter Jean-Baptist Camille Corots painting View of Rome from Monte Pincio
French realist painter Francois Bonvins painting Up from the Cellar
American Regionalist painter Thomas Hart Bentons painting Portrait of Judge Brown Harris
Irish-American painter, best known for his trompe-l'il still-lifes, William Harnetts 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, Mias 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 couldnt be more inspired by and grateful for the outpouring of generosity from our community toward Mia.