Minneapolis Institute of Arts Receives Japanese Art Collection Valued at $25 Million

Mary Abbe reports in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune that philanthropists and cattle breeders Libby and Bill Clark have given the Minneapolis Institute of Arts a collection of nearly 1,700 Japanese objects—paintings, sculpture, ceramics, woodblock prints, and bamboo baskets—estimated to be worth a total of $25 million. “I’m absolutely thrilled,” said museum director Kaywin Feldman. Clark decided to make the gift after realizing that his three adult children would not want to continue maintaining the nonprofit he founded, the Clark Center for Japanese Art and Culture, which currently houses the collection. “Minneapolis is one of the great cities in our country,” Clark said. “I think it’s the perfect home for our collection because they’re going to continue our programs.”