Looking for something fun to do this weekend? Why not visit one of the most interesting places on campus! The UMMA, or the University of Michigan Museum of Art, is filled with over 18,000 artworks from around the world and provides an easy and fun way to experience different cultures.
One of my favorite collections is the Japanese Gallery. Located on the second floor of the museum, it has a collection of beautiful ink paintings as well as a life-size Buddha statue and a set of armor. However, if ancient artwork isn’t particularly appealing to you, the UMMA also has 18th and 19th century European and American paintings, an African art collection, as well as a modern and contemporary art collection, which includes some of Picasso’s paintings.
The museum also hosts travelling exhibits, so there’s always something new to see. Currently, there’s an exhibit of 20th century Japanese ceramics, a collection of mixed media installation pieces that combine visual art, architecture and design by Florencia Pita, photographs of the Queen of England’s guards by Francis Alÿs, and a very interesting collection of wall sculptures made from discarded bottle tops by El Anatsui.
If shopping is more your style, you can always visit the UMMA Museum Store. The UMMA store offers a wide variety of unique items such as jewelry, scarves, note cards, decor, and art books. It’s a perfect place to visit if you’re ever in need of a fun and interesting gift!
The UMMA is located at 525 South State Street. It’s open Tuesday through Saturday 11 am–5 pm and Sunday 12–5 pm. It’s closed Mondays. Admission to the UMMA is free! For more info, visit: http://www.umma.umich.edu/