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An exhilarating preview of Mia’s fall Toulouse-Lautrec show

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec’s images of Parisian nightlife in the 1880s and ’90s are as emblematic as they are engaging, windows into a vanished world that feels strangely familiar. You’ve seen them, even if you weren’t sure what you were looking at or who the artist was. This fall, you’ll have the chance to see and  ...

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Celebrating Pride Month with Zanele Muholi’s photography

Two photographs by self-described visual activist Zanele Muholi, taken in 2011 in Cape Town, South Africa, are now on view in Mia’s lobby. The artist, whose use of they/them pronouns is intentionally pluralistic to acknowledge their ancestors, began this series of portraits in 2006, centered on the lives of Black trans and queer people in  ...

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Queerness in the collection: Rarely seen portraiture for Pride Month

By Allison Jones

Mia’s collection goes far beyond what you see in the galleries—at any given time, only a small percentage can be shown on the walls. Of the pieces in storage, the majority are prints and drawings, but these works don’t languish behind the scenes: everyone is welcome to make an appointment to view  ...

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About that viral video “Let’s do National Gymnastics!” from “The Shape of Time”

In the final gallery of “The Shape of Time: Korean Art after 1989,” the special exhibition on view at Mia through June 23, is a 10-minute video of people exercising. Called Let’s do National Gymnastics!—the exclamation point largely ironic—it’s a stylized edit of a highly regimented routine: arm swinging, neck twisting, and leg lunging to  ...

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That time Robert Rauschenberg came to Mia

By Tim Gihring

Robert Rauschenberg is having a moment. Again. For the first time in thirty years, his 1980s series based on his travels to Chile, Japan, the Soviet Union, and half a dozen other countries—called the Rauschenberg Overseas Cultural Interchange, or ROCI—is on view, in a London gallery. And as the 60th Venice  ...

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Mia mourns the passing of Frank Stella

Frank Stella, a giant of the art world who helped shift its center of gravity to the United States in the post-war era, died on May 4 in New York. He was 87. Stella has long had an outsize presence at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. His monumental painting Tahkt-I-Sulayman Variation II has held a  ...

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The shape of self: A Korean adoptee reflects on Mia’s show of contemporary Korean art

By Taylor Bye

I was 23 before I fully embraced my identity as a Korean American woman. Until then, I had never truly considered my ethnicity or race to be something central to my identity. This denial was founded in the micro-aggressions I faced from an early age: classmates asking “where my real parents  ...

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How a young conservator is helping preserve her Hmong heritage

By Olivia Thanadabout

[Editor’s note: While “Hmong” remains the predominant spelling of the cultural group’s Anglicized name, “HMong” is increasingly used to be inclusive of both Hmoob Dawb (White Hmong) and Moob Leeg (Green/Blue Mong).] April is National Hmong Heritage Month, and to mark the occasion Mia is displaying two Paj Ntaub, or Flower  ...

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Art from Mia stars in groundbreaking show of Southern Black artists

By Tim Gihring

At any given time, a small percentage of Mia’s permanent collection is scattered around the world. A single work here, a few works there. On loan to museums, universities, and other institutions for exhibitions large and small. The Death of Germanicus, by Nicolas Poussin, has been a frequent traveler. Modigliani’s Head  ...

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Gyubang! The Korean crafting craze coming to Mia on April 4

By Tim Gihring

As Mia’s new special exhibition, “The Shape of Time: Korean Art after 1989,” makes clear, the global spread of South Korean pop culture is as intentional as it is relentless. From Gangnam Style to Squid Game to the sudden spike in kimchi consumption, the push to export K-everything has been a  ...

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