As flowers begin to bloom in the garden, so does the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. The museum annually hosts this event featuring pieces from the permanent collection re-created in floral form. This year, over 150 professional florists were once again asked to take inspiration from art, which is often reflected in the color and shapes of displays, and in other surprising ways as well. This year's theme is decidedly Japanese in flavor; a saffron-colored silk robe from the 18th century was used as a starting point for creativity. Throughout the show, guests can take tours punctuated with fresh flowers. Lectures, luncheons, and family events will explore topics ranging from Ikebana to Japanese-style gardening to a party featuring sake tastings, anime screenings, and Tokyo street fashion. At the Art in Bloom Gala Preview Party Wednesday night, participants can take a sneak peek at displays, enjoy a Japanese-themed dinner, sip cocktails, listen to music, and bid on the silent auction. For a complete list of events, visit www.artsmia.org/art-in-bloom-2010. Call 612.870.3279 to RSVP for the opening party.
Wed., April 28, 6-10 p.m.; Thu., April 29, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; April 30-May 1, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., May 2, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., 2010