De Young Museum Firing on All Cylinders – Tut Has Departed, Impressionists Arrive May 22

Let’s check in with our de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park, shall we?

The Tut show is off to New Yawk by now, but here’s what the unpacking and repacking process looked like.

So, first, Egyptian specialists monitor the unpacking and inspect for any shipping damage. As seen last year before the show:


Then, you have the spectacle…

…and then you have the repacking. See? Each piece gets inspected for what seems like hours and then gets put back into its own Styrofoam cubby hole. Next stop, Times Square:

(3000 years sitting around in Egypt, then a couple worldwide roadtrips over several decades, and then another 3000 years in Egypt? Don’t think that major pieces of the Tut collection will ever leave Egypt again.)

Anyway, Tut had to clear out to make way for Birth of Impressionism: Masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay. I don’t know how this all works out, but it seems whenever our European friends clean up their museums and do a little renovating, they send their good stuff to San Francisco for safekeeping. Sweet.

And speaking of firing on all cylinders, our MSM’s arts coverage is functioning as designed, it would seem. Check out this detailed report from Julian Guthrie and Lance Iversen as well as this one from Janos Gereben. Look forward to their reviews. Speaking of which…

This show is going to be awesome. I mean, how could you mess this one up?

Stayed tuned….

Accessible masterpieces, what could be better?


The Fifer.  1866.  Édouard Manet (1832-1883).  Oil on canvas, 63 3/8 x 38 1/4 inches. RMN (Musée d’Orsay)/Hervé Lewandowski

All the deets, after the jump


Masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay: The Birth of Impressionism

The de Young is proud to be the only museum in the world to present two consecutive special exhibitions from the Musée d’Orsay in Paris. The first exhibition, Birth of Impressionism: Masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay,debuts at the de Young on May 22 and runs through September 6, 2010.

Birth of Impressionism: Masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsaypresents nearly 100 magnificent works by the famous masters who called France their home during the mid- to late-19th century and from whose midst arose one of the most original and recognizable of all artistic styles, Impressionism. The exhibition begins with paintings by the great academic artist Bouguereau and the arch-Realist Courbet, and includes American expatriate Whistler’s Arrangement in Gray and Black,known to many as “Whistler’s Mother.” Manet, Monet, Renoir, and Sisley are showcased with works dating from the 1860s through 1880s, along with a selection of Degas’ paintings that depict images of the ballet, the racetrack, and life in the Belle Époque.

Notable works in this exhibition include:

  • The Fife Player by Edouard Manet (1866)
  • Racehorses Before the Stands by Edgar Degas (1866–1868)
  • Family Reunionby Frédéric Bazille (1867)
  • The Magpie by Claude Monet (1868)
  • The Cradleby Berthe Morisot (1872)
  • The Dancing Lesson by Edgar Degas (1873–1876)
  • The Floor Scrapersby Gustave Caillebotte (1875)
  • The Swing by Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1876)
  • Red Roofs, Corner of the Village, Winter Effectby Camille Pissarro (1877)
  • Saint-Lazare Station by Claude Monet (1877)
  • Rue Montorgueil, Paris. Festival of June 30, 1878 by Claude Monet (1878)
  • Snow at Louveciennesby Alfred Sisley (1878)
  • L’Estaqueby Paul Cézanne (1878–1879)
  • Portraits at the Stock Exchange by Edgar Degas (1878–1879)
  • The Birth of Venusby William-Adolphe Bouguereau (1879)

During this time also visit the Legion of Honor to see a special exhibition that provides context and heightens the understanding of Birth of Impressionism. Impressionist Paris: City of Light, on view from June 5 to September 26, 2010, transports museum visitors to Paris circa 1874 as represented in over 150 prints, drawings, photographs, paintings, and illustrated books from the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and several private collectors.

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