The Detroit Institute of Arts has a new exhibition that traces Karl Fabergé exquisite work and artistic innovations. Fabergé: The Rise and Fall contains more than 200 Fabergé objects from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, where the largest collection of Fabergé items in the United States is on display. This exhibit will allow you to discover the back story of the House of Fabergé, the luxury brand created by artist and jeweler Peter Carl Fabergé (1846–1920), and his privileged relationship with the Russian aristocracy.
Fabergé: The Rise and Fall exhibit is open now through Monday, January 21, 2013. This is a ticketed exhibition, and tickets are timed, limited, and sold by the hour. Advance purchase is strongly recommended, especially on weekends when most tickets sell out well in advance. If you purchase tickets online, avoid waiting in line by printing your tickets from home and bringing them with you. Cost of tickets is $15 for adults and $8 for children ages 7 through 17.
In connection with the Fabergé exhibit, the DIA will host a black tie event, GALA: REVOLUTION! Late Night Ticket, celebrating this newest exhibit. The event will be held Saturday, November 10, 2012, 9:00 p.m. with a cost of $125 per person. Tickets are available at the DIA ticket website. One privilege of attending this black tie event is an exclusive viewing of the exhibit.
Visitors will have the rare opportunity to glimpse imperial Russian treasures made by the House of Fabergé, including jewel-encrusted parasol and cane handles, an array of enameled frames, animals carved from semi-precious stones, and miniature egg pendants. The exhibition features six exquisite imperial Easter eggs. These one-of-a-kind objects, which took at least a year to create, have become synonymous with the name Fabergé. One stunning example is the Imperial Tsesarevich Egg, made of lapis lazuli, diamonds, and gold and opens to reveal a miniature portrait of young Alexei, the heir of Tsar Nicholas II. The objects on view will be exhibited with text, images, and activities meant to help visitors imagine the ways in which such luxury items would have been manufactured in a workshop, displayed in a storefront, and used to adorn the interior of the imperial palace.
The exhibition is organized by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, in collaboration with the Detroit Institute of Arts. In Detroit, the exhibition is supported by the City of Detroit. Educational programming is provided by the GM Foundation.
Make sure if attending the DIA exhibit you check the website for hours of opening. Starting November 13, 2012 the DIA is changing their hours of operation