IN LOVE WITH EROS
Throughout Minneapolis you will find pieces of art in the shape of large heads. I thought this was really odd when I first encountered them, but now it’s a fun surprise every time I come across another one that I didn't know about. Minneapolis now hopes to have a new addition to this genre and I couldn’t be happier.
The Minneapolis Institute Of Arts (MIA) is celebrating it’s 100th Birthday this year, and in honor of that milestone, they are inviting the community to help them raise the funds to acquire the colossal outdoor sculpture, Eros, from Polish artist, Igor Mitoraj (1944-2014). Currently the 7’ high x 12’ long x 9.5’ bronze sculpture is on display in front of the museum’s entrance, but eventually it would be installed on the Museum's lawn.
I love this piece because it has an air of the great classical sculptures of the past, combined with a contemporary sense that will carry it far into the next 100 years. MIA is inviting people to contribute to its purchase - any donation, large or small, is accepted - and the purchase of this piece affirms that this truly is the “people’s museum.”
Visualization from the Minneapolis Institute of Arts' website
of the proposed installation of Igor Mitoraj's Eros.
I must admit that I am in love with Eros, and hope MIA is successful in adding it to their permanent collection. More information on how you can help be a part of this may be found here. Remember no donation is too small to help.
***Have you ever helped a museum to acquire a work of art?