Art Institute, Chicago

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    From Ancient India to the Renaissance

    by shrimp56 Updated Dec 31, 2005

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    On the left a beautiful jeweled pendant in the design of a ship -- on the right the Hindu god Ganesha.
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    Please click on the picture to enjoy the detail.
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    The South Asia section has been moved during the AIC renovations, Not all items are on view alas :(

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    The Best Impressionist Collection Outside Paris

    by shrimp56 Written Dec 31, 2005

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    The Art Institute is acknowledged as the second best museum for seeing French Impressionist paintings outside Musee D'Orsay in Paris.
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    The lead picture here is of the famouos "haystack series"
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    Please look at the other pictures for further images of these outstanding galleries.

    Monet's A view of the Monet/Cezanne gallery Monet A painting by Camille Pissaro Another view of the Money gallery
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    by Bilimari Written Dec 13, 2005

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    The museum is just the right size for a short visit. Not overwhelmingly big like New York's Metropolitan Museum, and still offers variety of great works from different parts of the world and different periods.

    I have many favorite spots inside this museum. One is in front of Gustave Caillebotte's "Paris Street, Rainy Day". (My favorite is his "Floor Scrapers" in Musee d'Orsay in paris.) I like being inside the Japanese section. Walking through this section viewing each wooden statue from 8th century and Hiroshige's beautiful wood block prints is a bit of zen experience.

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    Great collections

    by Voyageuse30 Updated Oct 31, 2005

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    This institute has an excellent collection of Surrealist art by Dali, Magritte, Tanguy - these were the highlight of my visit.
    The european painting and sculpture collections are the best anywhere.
    Suggested admission is $12 per adult - but you can pay less than that (you can pay whatever you want actually).

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    by bambamgp Written Oct 6, 2005

    If you didn't get a city pass, go on tuesday.. it's free!!! And don't get scared if you see a humongous line before opening.. It will go fast.
    Inside you will see several kinds of architecture styles, and paintings from tons of famous artists. You will love this place. The bottom flore has some interesting sculptures and a section of Native American culture.
    Make sure you see Paris Street on a Rainy Day, The Child's Bath, and American Gothic.

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    Only wish I could've seen more!

    by garridogal Written Aug 22, 2005

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    I arrived in Chicago before the other gals and while my friend was still at work so I quickly dropped my bag off at the hotel and made a B-Line to the Chicago Art Institute.

    I only had time to see the "Toulouse Lautrec and Montmatre" exhibit. It was wonderful! Unfortunately, when I was through with it the rest of the museum was closed! : ( I was able to catch a glimpse of American Gothic from behind the rope that chordoned off it's gallery, however!

    I guess this means that I'll just have to go back....

    I needed more time!
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    A Great Place to Enjoy the Arts

    by deecat Updated Aug 18, 2005

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    I've gone to the Art Institute in Chicago so many times that I've lost count. It's a grand place to enjoy the arts. I especially enjoy going to the special exhibits that happen several times each year.

    In August of 2005, Allan and I visited to see the wonderful Toulouse-Lautrec and Montmartre exhibit that will be at the Art Institute from July 16-October 10, 2005.

    This particular exhibition looks at Toulouse-Latrec's prolific decade [1886-1896] regarding the Montmartre area in Paris. Besides Lautrec's work, there are other avant-garde artists that include Pierre Bonnard, Jules Cheret, Edgar Degas, Vincent van Gogh, Theophile-Alexandre Steinlen, and Pablo Picasso. The exhibit includes many of Lautrec's famous posters, his journals, albums, photographs, and music programs from the era.

    The special objects and themes included the circus, Moulin Rouge, famous dance-hall celebrities, and everday, working-class patrons of the dancephalls and brothels.

    It was an enjoyable but expensive exhibition. The price included admission to the museum itself, and admission to the Toulouse-Lautrec exhibit. We also paid extra for the audio cassette concerning the show.

    Of course, we walked around the art institute and enjoy all the other great areas and artists.

    Don't miss seeing this wonderful institution when you visit Chicago.

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    Art Institue: Thorn Rooms and Free Entrance

    by basak Updated Jul 7, 2005

    There is an ongoing exhibit called Thorn Rooms. When you visit the Art Institute, please do not miss the Thorn rooms. These are miniature replicas of rooms from the 16th through 20th centuries and they are lovely !! Most of them are copies of rooms from historical houses. There is unbelieavably detailed worked on them.

    Secondly, keep in mind that Tuesdays the entrance is free. However, the museum is very crowded on the free days. So i recommend you to prefer visiting the museum in a calm day.

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    by goingsolo Written May 31, 2005

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    I have to preface this tip by saying that I'm not an art fan. So a visit to the art institute is not something that would top my list of places to go. But I went here for a couple of reasons: 1. It was raining; 2. It was included with the Citipass book of attractions; and 3. I figured that if a non art person could enjoy this museum, it must be really, really good.

    I was impressed with a lot of what I saw here. Even with my limited knowledge, I could recognize some of the most famous paintings in the extensive collection, like Monet's Water Lilies. I enjoyed the first floor section on Chinese and Japanese sculpture, including the collections from the Ming Dynasty. The contemporary art section was a little to, well, abstract for me. But there is so much here that even a non-art lover would enjoy a visit. There are explanation cards next to most of the paintings and sculptures, which describe the historical period and the persons or things being depicted.

    There was so much here that I felt like I was on information overload. So many periods of history represented and so many different cultures- Greek, Roman, Italian, Dutch, etc. This place is really a must see.

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  • Art Institute of Chicago - Lions

    by grkboiler Written May 6, 2005

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    A very popular symbol of Chicago stands guard outside the Art Institute of Chicago - the lions. They are always ready to pose for a photo and don't bite.

    The 2 bronze lions were unveiled by sculptor Edward Kemys in 1894 and have come to symbolize the power and strength of the city.

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  • Art Institute of Chicago

    by grkboiler Written May 6, 2005

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    The Art Institute of Chicago contains one of the finest collections of art in the country. It was founded in 1879 as a museum and school, and has been at its present location since 1893. It contains art of human expression spanning 5,000 years of civilization. It is also one of the best art schools in the country.

    The museum is actually comprised of several adjoined buildings and 12 departments. The departments are: African and American Indian, American, Architecture, Asian, Ancient, European Painting and Sculpture, Photography, European Decorative, Print and Drawings, Textiles, Armor, Contemporary.

    Famous pieces include:
    Mao by Andy Warhol
    Self Portrait by Van Gogh
    A Sunday on La Grande Jatte by Seurat
    American Gothic by Grant Wood
    and many more by PIcasso, Renoir, Monet and others.

    Admission is free with a donation. Suggested donation is $12 for adults, and $7 for all others. Non-flash photography is allowed. All large bags and backpacks must be checked at the checkroom near the entrance for $1 per item.

    Hours are:
    Monday - Wednesday, & Friday 10:30am – 4:30pm
    Thursday 10:30am – 8pm
    Saturday & Sunday 10am - 5pm

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    Time to get Arty

    by grayfo Updated Mar 31, 2005

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    If you have at least two hours to spare, then it couldn't be better spent than in here. The museum's collection of impressionist and postimpressionist paintings is second only to collections in France. In the galleries are ancient works from throughout the world.

    The Art Institute of Chicago is open 10.30am-4.30pm weekdays, except Thursday when it is open to 8pm; it opens 10am-5pm on Saturday and noon-5pm Sunday.

    On Tuesdays the entrance is free.

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    A corner of the modern galleries at AIC

    by shrimp56 Updated Dec 29, 2004

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    A Brancusi sculpture is flanked by Matisse and Picasso paintings. The early twentieth century galleries were done a few years ago -- rather than grouping an artist's works together, or arranging only by country -- works from the same era are hung together so you can see the influences across borders. It can be disconcerting sometimes, but on the whole it works well.

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    by SnoopySue Written Dec 12, 2004

    One of the "best of the best" world art museums. Museum contains numerous exhibits from all over the world and all history periods from ancient world through middle ages to our days. My favorite is french impressionists collection and ongoing exhibition on ancient cultures in North America prior colonization. Since museum is huge, plane to spend more than one day exploring it. If you stay in Chicago for prolonged period use free admission days (Tuesdays).

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    Art Institute...you've heard this tip before :)

    by ani10881 Updated Oct 31, 2004

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    Enough said-a wonderful collection. If yr looking for a specific piece, the nice people at the information desks will help you out.

    If you want to take an even closer look, make an appointment to the Glore Print Study Room to study/view many prints and drawings (just be careful!) It's open to individuals Tues-Friday 1:30-4:15pm. Just email pdstudy@artic.edu.
    And be specific about what you want to see- like a certain period or artist, etc...

    And check out the website to see what exhibitions are happening!

    Tuesday is the free day; the rest of the week, admission must be paid. The suggested prices are:

    Adults--> $12
    Children, Students and Seniors over 65--> $7
    Kids 5 and under--> free
    Members--> free

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