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Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (MIMA)

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Address: Centre Square, Middlesbrough TS1 2AZ, England
Phone Number: +44 (0) 1642 726 720
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Sun 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Tue - Wed 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Thu 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Fri - Sat 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Description: Mima is one of the UK's leading galleries for modern and contemporary art...
Mima is one of the UK's leading galleries for modern and contemporary art and craft. The landmark building designed by Erick van Egeraat Architects is situated in the heart of Middlesbrough. mima opened to international critical acclaim on 27 January 2007. Mima hosts temporary exhibitions of fine art and craft from 1900 to the present. Featuring work by internationally acclaimed artists.The gallery brings together the town's art collections for the first time, from Middlesbrough Art Gallery and Cleveland Craft Centre. Selected works from the collection are showcased in an annual collection show. Exhibitions change throughout the year and admission is free.
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Nice building, rubbish exhibits

Maybe it's because I don't like or understand modern art but the exhibits we seen were all rubbish, something I could of done my self and I am not gifted in an artist sense. To me... read more

2 of 5 starsReviewed May 29, 2015
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Middlesbrough
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

Maybe it's because I don't like or understand modern art but the exhibits we seen were all rubbish, something I could of done my self and I am not gifted in an artist sense. To me art is a beautifully painted picture or sculpture not some disjointed mess trying to convey some unfathomable message.

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Selangor, Malaysia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (MIMA) is located in the centre of town, just behind the main library. It is 15 minutes walking from the train station and may be 10 minutes from the town main bus station. The gallery has a modern design with lots of full-height windows and open staircases. It stands out in the centre of the... More 

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derbyshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015 via mobile

I attended the MIMA to deliver some legal training for the local authority. The facilities were fantastic, staff very helpful and lunch times were enhanced by being able to view the different attractions within. I would certainly recommend it as a venue for business meetings or training events.

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Erskine, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

The building is quite modern and stunning. The quality of the modern/contemporary art on show was high, although I would have preferred there to be more of it.

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North East England
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

It always surprises me how serendipity leads one to discover art that one would not purposefully search for. I was early for a meeting so popped into mima – the gallery of modern art in Middlesbrough. This not a place that I am wholly comfortable with, finding that its contents are usually a victory of style over substance. However on... More 

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

Waste of a fine building. Sparse exhibits. Only interesting display was the military one, and it's NOT art. One gallery has some unexceptional B&W photos, about half of which are 'Untitled'. The exhibit, ironically, is called "Naming". Groups of very young, very noisy children in 2 of the 3 rooms further diminished the experience. I'm not sure what they could... More 

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Cumbria, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

I visited MIMA with two friends - mostly to see the St Ives exhibition. I have been to very many art exhibitions in London, Edinburgh and Glasgow and I have to say that the MIMA exhibition was probably one of the best I have ever seen - both from content and the excellent curation of the paintings, sculptures and display... More 

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Chesterfield, Derbyshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

Let me confess at the outset that I am not a great lover of modern art. Some work I can admire. Some is, by any standard, a complete nonsense and the gullibility of the public in accepting the ridiculous as something special because a so-called expert says it is, never ceases to amaze me. Having said that, I was really... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

What a collection and what a well presented gallery! We visited with a friend to see the new jewellery gallery and David Lynch exhibition in December and were pleasantly surprised to find an exhibition including some of the greats of modern art as a part of a focus on St Ives. The only issue I'd have is with the cafe... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

Although I live locally I have never visited MIMA before, I will definitely visit again after this experience. The building was enjoyable to walk around and the sculptures displayed benefitted from a lot of natural overhead light. We didn't eat in the cafe although it did look inviting and child friendly. The St Ives exhibition was wonderful and I would... More 

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