Jan-Lodewijk Grootaers

In revamped galleries, hints of a museum’s digital future

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What visitors will see in the freshly reinstalled African art galleries at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts — besides a de-cluttered exhibit space that gives the collection room to breath — is a glimpse of the museum’s future.

Want to learn more about the intricately carved, 250-year-old elephant tusk from the kingdom of Benin in present-day Nigeria? It’s one of about 20 objects from the collection visitors can study in greater detail on six iPads installed in the gallery.

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