Mystical Exhibitions at MIA

I thought I’d provide a quick rundown on the mystical and magickal exhibits at the Minneapolis Institute of arts since there is a new exhibit opening on Saturday August 26th. From Ancient China, to Renaissance Monsters, and from the Cradle of civilization to the eastern mysticism of Buddhist art, there’s something for all mystical inclinations.

Sacred Sounds: The Bells of Ancient China

Saturday, August 26, 2006-Sunday, April 8, 2007
Cargill Gallery 103
Free Exhibition

The Chinese Bronze Age (c. 1900-221 B.C.E.) is well known by the thousands of ritual vessels excavated from ancient tombs. Bronze bells were used during ceremonies and elaborate rituals of that time.

This exhibition will feature a set of twenty graduated bells–the largest group in a western museum–to explore the technical, artistic, and musical characteristics of late Bronze Age bells. Also included are ceramic substitute sets of the same period excavated from lesser burials.

Monsters and Mayhem: Renaissance Prints from the Jones Collection

Through Sunday, November 5, 2006
Winton Jones Gallery 344
Free Exhibition

This installation takes an unusual look at 15th-century prints devoted to real and imagined beasts, fierce battles, bawdy mischief makers, and general bad behavior of the worst kind. It will feature works by many of the most important artists of the period including Andrea Mantegna, Israhel van Meckenem, Albrecht Dürer, and Martin Schongauer.

Sacred Art in the Permanent Collections

AnubisAncient Art Collection

This is a focused collection of ancient art, comprising works from several civilizations in the lands bordering the Mediterranean Sea, from about 20,000 B.C. to the fifth century A.D. These civilizations were united by trade networks that fostered cultural exchanges. 

The art of dynastic Egypt, unwaveringly directed towards the attainment of the afterlife, is represented by an intact mummy, the false door to a tomb, amulets, and religious burial objects. The collection also includes objects from the ancient Near East countries of Luristan, Sumeria, and Persia including finely crafted domestic objects, glass, and bronzes.

This statue of Anubis is just one of the many ancient artifacts available for viewing.

Asian Art – Buddhism CollectionKuan Yin

Having originated 2,500 years ago, the Buddha’s teachings have formed the core of the religion known as Buddhism. Over the centuries, Buddhism spread from India into all corners of Asia. As it spread, it transformed into a wide variety of beliefs and practices. The artforms it inspired are well represented in the museum’s collection.

The statue of the Bodhisattva Kuan Yin is an amazing example of sacred Buddhist art. Even the eyes are inlaid to provide a an incredible level of realism.

Minneapolis Institute of Arts
2400 Third Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55404

The museum is located one mile south of downtown Minneapolis at the intersection of 3rd Avenue South and East 24th Street.

Admission is FREE every day!

Hours as follows:

Tuesday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Wednesday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Thursday 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Monday Closed

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