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What Can You See for Free at the DIA? Vermeer, Picasso, Dalí and More

Here are some of the displays that residents of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb county can now see for free at the Detroit Institute of Arts.

After tri-county voters in the election yesterday, the Detroit Insititue of Arts wants to make sure that residents get their money's worth.

“When we announced that we would seek the millage, we pledged that if it were to pass we would provide free admission to residents of all three counties. We are immediately following through on that pledge," said Graham W. J. Beal, DIA director, in a press release.

Tri-county voters approved a tax of 0.2 mills for the next 10 years to fund the arts authority, so admission is now free to residents of Oakland, Wayne and Macomb county residents.

Here are some of the special exhibits that residents can see:

A painting by Johannes Vermeer on loan from the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. will be on display through Sept. 2. The painting, Woman Holding a Balance, is on view in the Dutch galleries, and the museum wants people to take advantage of the rare opportunity to see a Vermeer painting, as there are only 11 in U.S. museums and 35 in the world.

Two other current exhibitions also can be accessed through the free admission. Five Spanish Masterpieces features loans of paintings by Salvador Dalí, El Greco, Francisco de Goya and Diego Velázquez, along with the DIA’s celebrated Melancholy Woman by Pablo Picasso. Picasso and Matisse: The DIA’s Prints and Drawings showcases almost all the DIA’s works by these two great modern artists.

Museum hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Fridays, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

Mike August 19, 2012 at 10:33 PM
There is no factual basis for any of your speculations about the DIA in this post.
Mike August 19, 2012 at 10:36 PM
The last time a "laundry list" was put before the voters, it was voted down. Give the residents of southeast Michigan some credit for being able to determine what is worth there time and money and what is not. A majority of voters in three counties decided that paying a few more dollars per year for 10 years was worth it in the case of the DIA.
Patricia August 19, 2012 at 10:59 PM
The only reason I have commented is you keep commenting as well. So, give it a rest as well--you obviously will benefit as the DIA is your personal go to pace--should be less expensive for you now--why don't you just thank the rest of us that are going to ante up the money--a lot of voters were confused by the language on the ballot as well and August is known to be a poor turnout for voters Enough said-time to think how to get the people that are taxing us to death out of office---and how to get control of both assets and management for what we are paying for through taxation before they disappears like a lot of other tax paid things in Detroit-- I use to support the DIA, that was voluntary-but now forced through taxation-no way- $443,000.00 a year in salary for one man alone is too much to stomach in these economic times.
Daffy Noodnicks August 20, 2012 at 12:29 AM
We saw the Vermeer and the Patti Smith photography today. We parked on the street for free right across Woodward. There was a huge event at the African-American history museum and we still found parking pretty easily. A pretty good bluegrass combo was even playing. The DIA was pretty busy. It was nice to see lots of people enjoying the museums.
Mark August 20, 2012 at 12:59 AM
'Fraid not Madame. The last time I posted on here (most recent comment to you excluded) was nine days ago. You have been blathering all over the place ever since.

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