With $6 Million Funding Minneapolis Institute Of Art Prepares To Focus On Asian Art & Events
It is only recently that the Minneapolis Institute of Art declared the launch of its long term initiative with a sincere intent to focus on Asian Art.
The Gale Asian Art Initiative that is funded by the legendary donation of $6 million from Alfred P. Gale is planning to include public programs, special exhibitions, and a new Asian art scholarship that is intended to nurture a more inclusive and open understanding and appreciation of the art & culture of the Asian continent. In its first year, the initiative would focus on the art of China.
Kaywin Feldman director Mia expressed his heartfelt thanks and deep gratitude to the entire Gale family & Alfred Gale in particular for this whopping investment made to bring to life the art treasures housed in Mia. It is only because of this generosity that the treasured collection from centuries of history and culture housed at Mia would become even more enticing to the visitors, whether it is the schoolchildren, adults who are interested in such subjects or seasoned connoisseurs. This in turn would ensure that Mia continues to enjoy the revered position it holds as one of the prime centers for learning & interpreting Asian Art.
Events, programs, and exhibitions designed by the Gale Asian Art Initiative will also include a Chinese New Year themed Family Day, creative and introductory workshops on Japanese courtly paintings and tea ceremonies and many such more. Vietnam artist collective Propeller Group would be curating a unique exhibition of funerary objects of Asia would also be a featured event here. One of the most awaited events will be the exhibition titled “Ink Unbound: Paintings by Liu Dan” that would feature new works done by one of the leading contemporary artists in China – Liu Dan.
The history between Mia and the Gale family goes really far back. An extensive and rich collection of Asian art that was owned by Richard Gale, Alfred Gale’s father was passed on to Mia on the event of his death. Edward C. Gale, Alfred Gale’s grandfather was a serving member of the board of the Minneapolis Society of Fine Arts in the 1890s. He was not only a big supporter of a permanent establishment of an art museum and worked tenaciously towards it.
It is a result of such contributions and focus of the institution itself that Mia today is in possession of one of the most comprehensive collections of Asian Art within US and boasts of a total of 16,800 artefacts that represent almost every major Asian culture. Owing to the generosity and gifts that came its way from Bill and Libby Clark and St. Paul native Mary Griggs Burke the museum has managed to grow the size of its collection by 2,400 objects in the past three years with the strongest collection of Chinese, Japanese, and Korean art.