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‘Art in Bloom’ four-day festival returns to the Minneapolis Institute of Arts

The Minneapolis Arts Institute’s annual “Art in Bloom” festival is such a civilized way to usher in the warmer months.

A scene from last year's "Art in Bloom" festival.
Minneapolis Institute of Arts
A scene from last year’s “Art in Bloom” festival.

The Minneapolis Arts Institute’s annual “Art in Bloom” festival is such a civilized way to usher in the warmer months. Each year, the Friends of the Institute invite area floral artists to create arrangements that echo and complement various pieces of art in the collection.

The resulting juxtapositions of art and flora are as inspired as they are elegant, and taking in the fragrance of all those flowers as you mill around the museum’s treasures is just a delightful way to spend a springtime afternoon.

This year, in its 27th iteration, “Art in Bloom” will feature creations from more than 150 floral artists, all of whose arrangements will sit adjacent to the artwork that inspired them. (Click here to browse through photographs documenting last year’s festival.)  

While visitors are welcome to simply meander on their own, the museum is offering free docent-led tours throughout the festival as well.

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In keeping with the theme this year, in addition to the exhibition itself, museum-goers will find a variety of lectures and special events centering on Asian traditions of floral arrangement. Among them is a talk on “the essence of Japanese gardens,” a how-to demonstration of Western approaches to Asian-inspired floral arrangement, and a family-friendly event with storytelling, crafts, and oni drumming.

Admission to the festival itself is free, as are the museum-wide tours and family program, but the lectures and special receptions and parties are, for the most part, ticketed events that require registration. (Click here for ticket/registration information and a full schedule of “Art in Bloom” events.)

“Art in Bloom,”  presented by the Friends of the Institute, takes place at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts through May 2. (A portion of the proceeds from the festival will go to the Friends’ Children’s Fund.)