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Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum's mostly 20th-century collection contains the world's largest assemblage of works by Marsden Hartley and Alfred Maurer, as well as paintings and prints by Georgia O'Keefe, Arthur Dove and Robert Motherwell. However, many critics consider the building itself to be a stunning piece of art. Designed by Frank Gehry, the flamboyant 1993 building is possibly the most talked-about structure in the Twin Cities. The museum's collections are displayed in galleries the New York Times has referred to as possibly the five best rooms for art viewing in the world. Admission is free. Visit the website for updates and additional information.
The Minneapolis Institute of Arts boasts an impressive selection of Impressionist paintings. Originally constructed in 1915, the Institute has been amazing gallery-goers with its substantial collection of over 85,000 pieces of American and European artists' works for roughly a century. Works on display here range from those by such legends as Matisse and Kandinsky to Picasso and Rodin. In addition to American and European paintings, there is also an excellent Asian collection.
This museum seeks to introduce Americans to the culture and art of Russia through the works on display, primarily 20th century Realist paintings - towards this end, it is a non-profit organization. It is also the only museum in the United States primarily dedicated to Russian culture. The exhibit changes from time to time and you can visit its website to find out about the present display, forthcoming events, and the history of the museum.
After spending much of the 1990s on the brink of financial disaster, this small museum resurfaced in 1998. Housed in a series of rooms on the second floor of the splendid Landmark Center in St. Paul, the museum has adequate room to show off its fine collection of 10,000 paintings, drawings, sculptures and prints. The permanent collection is comprised of 130 years of American Art collected over a period of 40 years. It is home to works by well-known artists such as Grant Wood, Thomas Hart Benton and Childe Hassam. The museum also showcases the talents of many local artisans plus many traveling exhibits.