French impressionist masterpieces to China

14th September 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Sept 14 (AFP) - Fifty impressionist masterpieces by Claude Monet, Edouard Manet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and other French artists are headed for China for a unprecedented three-city, six-month tour due to begin next month.

PARIS, Sept 14 (AFP) - Fifty impressionist masterpieces by Claude Monet, Edouard Manet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and other French artists are headed for China for a unprecedented three-city, six-month tour due to begin next month.  

"This is a first," said Serge Lemoine, president of the Orsay museum in Paris and curator of the exhibition "Impressionist Treasures from France's National Collections," which will open in Beijing on October 11.  

"This is the first time that an exhibition of impressionist paintings on this scale has been displayed in China. It's also a first because none of these paintings has been seen in a travelling exhibition before," Lemoine noted.  

After six weeks at the Chinese capital's Central Academy of Fine Arts ending on November 24, the exhibition will move on to the Shanghai Art Museum from December 8 to January 25, 2005.  

The show will wrap up at the Hong Kong Museum of Art from February 5 to April 10 next year.  

The exhibition is scheduled to coincide with the start of the Year of France in China, a full program of cultural exhibits, shows and presentations which follows on the heels of the Year of China in France.  

French President Jacques Chirac will make a state visit to China from October 8-12 to mark the start of the cultural event.  

Among the works to be displayed in China are Manet's "The Fife Player", Renoir's "Woman Playing a Guitar" and one of Monet's series of paintings of the Rouen cathedral.

© AFP

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