French Impressionist masters woo Shanghai

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SHANGHAI, Dec 1 (AFP) - Impressionist masterpieces valued at a combined EUR 5 billion (USD 6.65 billion) have arrived in China's economic hub Shanghai as part of a year-long festival celebrating French culture, organisers said Wednesday.

SHANGHAI, Dec 1 (AFP) - Impressionist masterpieces valued at a combined EUR 5 billion (USD 6.65 billion) have arrived in China's economic hub Shanghai as part of a year-long festival celebrating French culture, organisers said Wednesday.

The works on loan from the Musee d'Orsay in France to the Shanghai Arts Museum will be shown at an exhibition opening next week.

They are thought to be one of the most valuable collections ever hosted by Shanghai, said Shanghai Museum spokeswoman Mao Aimin.

"The exhibition includes a retrospective look at Impressionism and includes pieces from Manet, Monet and Renoir as part of the French culture in China year," Mao said.

Edouard Manet's "Flute", valued at around USD 96 million (EUR 72 million), is the most expensive piece of art. Others include one of Claude Monet's "Water Lilies" series and also the "Ballet Girl" by Edgar Degas.

The exhibition will close on January 19.

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