Street art: Famous paintings placed around Minneapolis for latest MIA stunt

Author:
Updated:
Original:

Have you spotted a Rembrandt at a gas station? A Monet at your local bank?

So far we've had a rare Vermeer painting, a giant head sculpture, and now the Minneapolis Institute of Arts is taking its art to the streets for the latest celebration of its centennial.

If you're out in Minneapolis you'll be able to catch a glimpse of its birthday stunt, as the MIA is placing four high-quality reproductions of the museum's iconic paintings at random spots throughout the city.

To kick off May, super-high resolution images of Rembrandt's "Lucretia", Monet's "Grainstack", Van Gogh's "Olive Trees" and Soutine's "Carcass of Beef" popped-up outside Bobby and Steve's Auto World in downtown, U.S. Bank in Uptown, Minneapolis Central Library, and Kramarczuk's in Northeast respectively.

Halfway through the month, they will pop up again at The Wedge Table, Loring Park, the Stone Arch Bridge, and The Strip Club Meat & Fish.

If you go to view them on a Saturday, the museum will have one of its guides by the paintings between 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. to talk about the works and answer questions from the public.

"As part of our birthday year we want to bring art to the community in surprising ways," Katie Hill, the museum's audience-engagement specialist, told the Star Tribune.

Mike Esteviz, a service advisor at Bobby and Steve's Auto World, said the picture had drawn a lot of comments from the public, while station clerk Colin O'Donnell told the newspaper: "It's nice to class up the place a bit and to catch people off guard."

The stunt is part of the museum's "52 Surprises" program to mark 100 years in the city.

Next Up

Chad Beebe

Chad Beebe's roller-coaster fourth-quarter keeps Vikings playoff hopes alive

A muffed punt and a game-winning touchdown helped defeat the Panthers on Sunday afternoon.

127266986_2766399800267634_3587849554502438415_n

West-central MN cops warn kids to stay off ice, or 'Santa won't come'

This comes amid repeated ice warnings across the state.

covid-19, coronavirus, PPE

Nov. 29 COVID-19 update: 57 deaths, nearly 9,000 more cases

Nearly 100,000 tests were included in Sunday's report.

jim ramstad

Watch former Rep. Jim Ramstad's memorial service online

The ceremony will be live-streamed for the public on Sunday.

EDL1LeKXsAEeH32

How high can Rashod Bateman go in the 2021 NFL Draft?

The Gophers star receiver has plenty of praise heading into next April.

TCF Bank Stadium

15 more from Gopher football team test positive for COVID-19

That brings the total number of cases from this outbreak to 40.

Teddy Bridgewater

5 questions for Vikings-Panthers Week 12 NFC battle

The Vikings welcome Teddy Bridgewater back to U.S. Bank Stadium on Sunday.

police lights

Shelter-in-place in Albert Lea after police officer shot in the chest

The officer was able to drive to an emergency room.

En-KfRaXEAEbuE7

St. Paul officer shoots man who got out of dumpster, ran towards police

A report says the man was naked and had a steak knife.

Screen Shot 2020-11-28 at 6.58.11 PM

Gophers dominate second half to defeat Loyola-Marymount

Marcus Carr scored 26 to send the Gophers to 2-0.

Ambulance hospital emergency

Kandiyohi Co. man airlifted after hand caught in corn picker

Corn pickers are a common cause of farm accidents.

White tail deer

DNR: Passenger shot at deer out of driver's side window

The DNR said 'all sense of safety was disregarded.'

Related