Warsaw gazes on centuries of French masters

17th March 2005, Comments 0 comments

WARSAW, March 17 (AFP) - An exhibit spanning four centuries of French art is due to open Friday in Warsaw, representing the largest showing of its kind in central and eastern Europe of French masters from 1600 to 2000.

WARSAW, March 17 (AFP) - An exhibit spanning four centuries of French art is due to open Friday in Warsaw, representing the largest showing of its kind in central and eastern Europe of French masters from 1600 to 2000.

The exhibit is funded by the French culture ministry and aims to introduce central and eastern Europeans to "four centuries of French art, in its diversity and continuity, its desires and utopia, its contrasts and originality," a statement by the organisers said.

A total of 120 works by artists including Cezanne, Delacroix, Monet, Gauguin and Renoir, as well as other, lesser-known painters, will be hung at the exhibition, on loan from French museums.

French Culture Minister Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres will open the exhibit, which will be held in the Royal Palace in Warsaw, originally built in the 17th century and meticulously reconstructed after it was razed by the Nazis at the end of World War Two.

The exhibit comes to Warsaw from the Hungarian capital Budapest, where it attracted 300,000 visitors in three months, and will go to Bucharest, Romania, in June.

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