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Bienvenue, Monet! Today the DIA welcomes Claude Monet’s "Waterlily Pond, Green Harmony" on loan from .

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The DIA welcomes one of Claude Monet’s most famous paintings as a “guest of honor” from Oct. 1, 2014 to Jan. 4, 2015. Waterlily Pond, Green Harmony is on loan to the DIA from the Musée d'Orsay in Paris. The painting is one of hundreds Monet created of his flower garden and pond in Giverney, France, and these oil paintings continue to be some of his most popular and admired works.

The painting will be the only work on display in a gallery adjacent to Rivera court. The exhibit is free with museum admission.

Image: Waterlily Pond, Green Harmony, Claude Monet, 1899, oil on canvas. Musée d'Orsay, Paris, Bequest of Count Isaac de Camondo 1911. © RMN (Musée d'Orsay) / Hervé Lewandowski

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Today we post an image of "Watson and the Shark" by John Singleton Copley in honor of the artist's birthday anniversary.

The painting depicts a rescue effort to save Brook Watson, age 14, who decided to go for a swim while his ship was docked in the shark infested waters of Havana Harbor. The men in the boat were successful in harpooning the shark and rescuing Watson.

Image: Watson and the Shark, John Singleton Copley, 1782, oil on canvas. Detroit Institute of Arts

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The DIA has partnered with to present an exhibition of around 80 photographs by famed fashion photographer and filmmaker Bruce Weber. The exhibition, Detroit—Bruce Weber, opens tomorrow at the DIA and is free with museum admission.

Bruce Weber (left) stands with Anna Wintour, editor in chief of American and artistic director of Condé Nast, and DIA Director Graham Beal during pre-opening events today at the museum.

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Did you know? Hosting a tea ceremony was an honor granted to only a select number of high-ranking samurai warriors. These samurai built tea rooms in their castles and homes to host political allies and adversaries.

Swords would be left at the door, but politics were always discussed. Practicing perfect tea etiquette ensured that one would not offend the host, who might be a potential ally—or foe.

Learn more about the cultural pursuits of these legendary warriors in Samurai: Beyond the Sword at the DIA.

Image: Cup Stand, Unknown Artist, 1368/1644, lacquer, mother-of-pearl, wood. Detroit Institute of Arts

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In honor of National Volunteer Week, we'd like to thank our wonderful DIA volunteer base for making the museum a welcoming and inspirational place. We salute you!

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Happy Opening Day, #Detroit! Go #Tigers!

Image: Hard Ball III, Robert Moskowitz, 1993. Founders Society Purchase, gifts from Mrs. George Kamperman, and City of Detroit by exchange.

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Did you know? Tiny ornaments on samurai sword handles improved grip. The delicate designs on each accessory reflected the personal and scholarly interests of the sword’s owner. Pictured here is a four-piece set of sword fittings attributed to Gotō Kenjō.

See these elaborate designs and more in Samurai: Beyond the Sword at the DIA. Read more and purchase tickets here:

Image: Matching Four-piece Set of Sword Fittings Decorated with the Kurikara Sword, attributed to Gotō Kenjō, mid-1600s, gold-copper alloy (shakudō), silver, gold. Courtesy of Richard and Adoree Suran

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Looking for a Valentine's Day gift for that special someone? We recommend this Pewabic Pottery "Lovebirds" tile, which you can find in the DIA's museum shop. It's an original Mary Stratton design and comes with a notch on the back for hanging.

View more Valentine's Day gift options on our website:

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The DIA's next special exhibition—Samurai: Beyond the Sword—opens in less than one month!

The exhibition offers a rare opportunity to experience the world of the Japanese Samurai. Moving beyond the stereotype of the warrior, it explores the role of the military arts and the importance of Samurai engagement in the cultural, spiritual, and art worlds of their time.

Visit to purchase tickets in advance and read more.

Image: Helmet (kabuto) in the Form of a Bear's Head, unknown artist, late 1500s, iron, lacquer, silk. Courtesy of a private collection

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The DIA's next special exhibition—Samurai: Beyond the Sword—opens March 9, and tickets are on sale!

The exhibition offers an in-depth look at the samurai—shoguns (supreme military rulers), daimyo (regional lords) and soldiers—who sought balance between military and cultural pursuits. It explores artworks that project the image of the samurai not only as fierce warriors but also as patrons of the arts and sophisticated artists and scholars during the relatively peaceful Edo period (1603–1868).

Purchase tickets and read more here:

Image: Complete Set of Armor (tōsei gusoku) with Multi-colored Lacing (detail), unknown artist, 1700s, iron, silk, lacquer, gold, boar fur and bristle. Courtesy of a private collection

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The DIA will host the 25th-anniversary performance of Satori Circus Friday, Jan. 24! Satori Circus will perform "63 Minutes (of Random Balance)," which is an original set of performances, some influenced by themes from the late 1980s and ‘90s.

There will be two free shows at 7 and 9 p.m. in the Detroit Film Theatre.

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Want to see Watch Me Move: The Animation Show for free?

We're offering a special one-time six-month free membership for residents of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties, which includes two free tickets to Watch Me Move and discounts in the museum shop, CafeDIA and Kresge Court. For information, call 313-833-7971.

Image: Creature Comforts. © Aardman Animations Ltd 2003

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Happy Thanksgiving!

During the 18th century tureens ceased to be vessels only for soup, stew, or sauce and became masterpieces of sculpture. Ceramic factories often modeled tureens in the form of game birds, ranging from a small partridge three inches wide to this life-size turkey, which is on view in the DIA's Fashionable Living galleries. These pieces epitomized the 18th century’s love of nature and novelty.

Tureen in the Form of a Turkey, Strasbourg Hannong Factory, French, c. 1755, tin-glazed earthenware with polychrome decoration. Detroit Institute of Arts

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Salvador Salort-Pons, DIA curator of European paintings, was at Meadow Brook Hall in February presenting a lecture when a painting in the corner of the room caught his eye; it turned out to be a work by Spanish artist Bartolomé Esteban Murillo! Murillo, who is considered one of the five pillars of Spanish Golden age art, created the painting, titled "The Infant Saint John the Baptist in the Wilderness," around 1670.

Because the painting belongs to the Meadow Brook collection, the DIA has entered into an agreement with Oakland University to allow a group of students to observe the conservation and scientific analysis that DIA specialists are undertaking. Once the conservation treatment is completed, the work will be on loan to the DIA for five years, beginning in February 2014, before returning to Meadow Brook.

Image: Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, Infant Saint John the Baptist in the Wilderness, ca. 1655–1670, oil on canvas, 85 x 72 cm, Meadow Brook Hall, Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan

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Join us as we celebrate the Mexican tradition of ofrenda altars with 10 installations by local artists and community members at the DIA now until Sunday, Nov. 3 in the galleries adjacent to Rivera Court. The installation will conclude with a talk by the ofrenda artists on Nov. 3 at 2 p.m.

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Check out this alien tombstone, which will be featured in tonight's double feature "The Legend of Mothman" & "Spookhaus Apokalypse!" by Tom Carey and Cary Loren at the DIA.

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Rehearsing for The Legend of Mothman & Spookhaus Apokalypse! tonight at 8:45 at the DIA! There will be a Sunday performance at 3:30.

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Did you know? There are 62 screens in the DIA's "Watch Me Move: The Animation Show." The largest screen in the exhibition is 19 feet high, and the smallest is 24 inches.

Come see the more than 100 animated film segments, including both iconic moments and lesser-known masterpieces from the last 150 years in animation history, at the DIA!

Read more and purchase tickets:

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Welcome back! On Monday we re-installed these sculptures, which have been off view since May 2012 due to restoration work on the Woodward Plaza, on either side of "The Thinker." Both sculptures are 20th century casts by Susse Fréres. The originals are in a garden at Versailles.

On the north side of the plaza is a cast of Philippe Magnier's "Nymph and Eros." On the south side of the plaza is a cast of Antoine Coysevox's "The Garonne."

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