Detroit Institute of Arts

This is a bright cultural beacon in this city's otherwise dismal landscape, with masterpieces such as Diego Rivera's "Detroit Industry" fresco cycle and Van Gogh's "Self Portrait," the first of his paintings to enter a U.S. museum collection. Its diverse holdings make DIA worth a visit, but the city's bankruptcy leaves the museum's assets vulnerable to sale to help settle the $18-billion debt. As a step toward "monetizing" the collection, Christie's auction house in December reported the fair market value of 2,800 city-owned pieces (about 5% of the collection), some of the finest in its collection, at as much as $867 million. Info: Pictured: A panel of Diego Rivera's "Detroit Industry" fresco cycle.
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