A surprise party all year long

Since birthday parties must be fun, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts has planned a year of celebrations, special shows and surprises to celebrate its 100th anniversary.

Big exhibits include glamorous paintings, sculpture and even a gilded royal carriage from Vienna's Habsburg dynasty (Feb. 15-May 10); a rare showing of Leonardo da Vinci's "Codex Leicester" (June 21-Aug. 30); a look at the art of rocker Mark Mothersbaugh of Devo fame (June 18-Aug. 30), and French paintings influenced by the passionate art of Eugène Delacroix (Oct. 18-Jan. 10).

Surprise shows are in the works, including three major masterpieces, along with art involving vending machines, disco balls and pumpkins.

Pop-up events are planned throughout the Twin Cities, including a sassy field of crop art reproducing the museum's "Olive Trees" painting by Vincent van Gogh. Expect to encounter music in the galleries, a family reunion, a new book, circus performers and a bike-night surprise.

Save the date of June 27 for the museum's annual gala, and watch for a birthday party in August.

For daily updates, check out www.artsmia.org/100.