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Exhibition - To Be or Not To Be: Four Centuries of Vanitas Painting

Flint Institute of Arts

  • Program Flint Area
  • Program Area Enriching Lives Through Arts and Culture
  • Grant Amount $117,500
  • Grant Period September 1, 2005–April 30, 2006
  • Location Flint, MI, United States
  • Geographic Focus Flint

About this grant

Funding will support an exhibition of Vanitas art drawn from public and private collections. Popular in the 16th and 17th centuries, especially in the Netherlands, Vanitas refers to a type of still life made up of a collection of objects that symbolize the brevity of human life and the transience of earthly pleasures and achievements. The exhibit will be housed at the Flint Institute of Arts (FIA) from February 4 through April 2, 2006.The FIA) is currently undergoing a $20 million renovation and expansion project to improve visitor amenities, add new galleries, increase collection storage facilities, and expand administrative and studio spaces.FIA, established in 1928, provides annual programs and services such as travel exhibitions, permanent collection exhibitions, film screenings, concerts, gallery tours, lectures, family events and educational programs.