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The DIA brings magnificent treasures of Renaissance Italy to Detroit
DETROIT – “Magnificenza! The Medici, Michelangelo and the Art of Late Renaissance Florence,” an exhibition showcasing masterpieces from the Italian Renaissance in Italy, will be on view at the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) now through June 8.
This landmark exhibition, organized by the DIA, is the first in North America to examine the extraordinary achievements of the first four Medici Grand Dukes, who ruled Tuscany from 1537 to 1631. Using art to symbolize their power, the Medici Grand Dukes shaped the cultural and political landscape of 16th-and early 17th- century Florence and left a lasting imprint on this artistically innovative city. The Medici family’s relationship with the genius Michelangelo and his extraordinary artistic legacy to Florentine art during this period is also explored.
Among the 180 works are major sculptures and drawings by Michelangelo, Cellini and Giambologna; significant paintings by such prominent Renaissance artists as Bronzino, Pontormo, Salviati and Vasari; decorative arts designed by Buontalenti and others, including rare Medici porcelains; pietre dure (carved semi-precious hardstones); and exquisite tapestries. Many of these priceless objects have never traveled outside Italy and are considered some of the greatest treasures of Florence’s Uffizi Gallery, the Bargello Museum and the Pitti Palace, which collectively hold some of the world’s finest Italian Renaissance art.
Timed tickets are required. The cost, which includes an audio tour and museum admission, is $12 for adults, $6 for youth ages 6-17 (includes youth groups) and $10 for adult groups (20+). Tickets can be reserved in several ways. By phone: individual tickets, (866) 334-2784; group tickets, (313) 833-1292 (a per-ticket surcharge applies to all phone orders); at the DIA box office; and online at www.dia.org. Hotel packages are available through KeyTours at (800) 265-5888.
Museum hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesdays-Thursdays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
Visit Dead Sea Scrolls and Ford Museum with Sloan Museum’s Travel Program
FLINT – Join Sloan Museum’s Travel Program on April 11 and visit two outstanding venues in Grand Rapids.
The Grand Rapids Museum is currently featuring the world-famous Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit. This unique exhibition includes actual fragments of 12 of the scrolls written more than 2,000 years ago, plus artifacts from the ancient Dead Sea settlement of Qumran near the caves where the scrolls were discovered in 1947. Sloan’s Travel Program includes special admission with a complimentary audio tour, produced by Antenna Audio, access to all museum exhibits and viewing of The Dead Sea Scrolls Journey to West Michigan produced by WZZM.
The Gerald R. Ford Museum currently features many interesting permanent exhibits, including “Mr. Truman’s Renovation: The White House Photographs of Abbie Rowe: 1948-1952.”
The cost, including roundtrip transportation and admission to the Dead Sea Scroll exhibit at the Grand Rapids Museum and to The Gerald R. Ford Museum, is only $50.00 per person. Departure time is 8 a.m.; the group plans to be back in Flint no later than 6 p.m. that same evening. Space is limited, for reservations call Jan at (810) 237-3442.
University Musical Society Announces April events
ANN ARBOR – The University Musical Society’s April schedule showcases an array of events from local talent to world-class choral music, including a mini-Bach festival featuring two of Bach’s Passions performed within ten days of each other. April also features UMS’s annual dance party, this year starring one of Brazil’s biggest pop stars, Daniela Mercury. Jazz diva Audra McDonald and her Trio return to Ann Arbor after a concert postponement in January.
The month kicks off with two shows of Evening at the Apollo On Tour, held on Friday, April 4 at Ann Arbor’s Michigan Theater and Saturday, April 5 at the Detroit Opera House. Thirty acts from across Michigan will compete (15 at each performance). Each night, one winner will receive $1,000 and an opportunity to participate in Amateur Night at the Apollo in Harlem. The winners of each session are chosen by audience approval (cheers and boos). For more information about the contestants, please see the additional release in this packet.
To receive a free brochure with complete ticket information about individual performances, please call or write to the University Musical Society, Burton Memorial Tower, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1011, 734-764-2538 (toll-free outside the 734 area code, 800-221-1229). Additional information is also available at www.ums.org.