The Great Uncrating – De Young Museum Unboxes Van Gogh Self Portrait – Post Impressionists Show Starts Sept 25

Brace yourselves, another huge exhibit is coming to our de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park.

It’s called Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cézanne, and Beyond: Post-Impressionist Masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay and it runs from September 25th to January 11, 2011

A bunch of post impressionist masterpieces have just come in from the D’Orsay Museum (Musée d’Orsay) in Paris, France – here’s what it was like when they unpacked one of those Van Gogh Self Portraits yesterday. (It was just like when they uncrated Paul Gauguin’s Portrait of the Artist With the Yellow Christ a few days back.)

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Easy does it:

Just put it down next to a Bedroom at Arles,wherever you want. It’s like all those paintings you learned about at Wellesey College have been gathered together in one place, real close to where you live.

And then the inspection comes, to make sure nothing got damaged:

They compare what they see with handwritten charts that show existing defects, just like when you turn in a rental car:

Everything should be ready by Saturday.

See you there!

September 25, 2010 – January 18, 2011

The second of two exhibitions from the Musée d’Orsay’s permanent collection, Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cézanne, and Beyond: Post-Impressionist Masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsayfollows on the heels of the first witha selection of the most famous late-Impressionist paintings by Claude Monet and Auguste Renoir, as well as works representing the individualist styles of the early modern masters, including Vincent van Gogh, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Paul Gauguin, and the Nabis Pierre Bonnard and Édouard Vuillard.

It is here where the Orsay’scollection shines brightest with masterpieces such as Van Gogh’s Starry Night over the Rhone, a haunting Portrait of the Artist, and Bedroom at Arles. The exhibition includes a superior collection of paintings from the Pont-Avenschool, including Gauguin’s masterpiece Self-Portrait withThe Yellow Christ. The exhibition concludes with the Orsay’s spectacular collection of pointillist paintings, represented by the masters Georges Seurat and Paul Signac.

Like the previous exhibition (“Birth of Impressionism: Masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay”), this treasured collection is on loan from the The Musée d’Orsay in Paris while they undergo a partial closure for refurbishment — the Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings will be reinstalled in their permanent galleries in spring 2011 in anticipation of Musée d’Orsay’s 25th Anniversary.

The de Young is the only museum in the world to host both of the Masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay exhibitions, and this particular combination of paintings will never travel again — so get your tickets now before they sell out.

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8 Responses to “The Great Uncrating – De Young Museum Unboxes Van Gogh Self Portrait – Post Impressionists Show Starts Sept 25”

  1. Eugenia says:

    I loved this post esp because my sister works in an art museum in Houston and sometimes have the opportunity to accompany the art they lend out. But this is the first time I have seen what happens after the art arrives. Thanks for this! Can’t wait for the exhibit.

  2. sfcitizen says:

    Thanks Eugenia. SFGate also has some photos from last week – I had no idea that the de Young is the most popular museum west of Chicago…

  3. Rachel says:

    Wow. This was really cool. I am definitely coming to this exhibit! I wonder if those guys feel a sense of reverence holding such works of art, or if it’s just another day on the job for them. Thanks for these photos.

  4. sfcitizen says:

    Seemed like just another day for them, but the rest of the de Young employees appear to be over the moon…

  5. BT says:

    As an aside, let us recall that the architect of the conversion of the Gare d’Orsay station into the Musee’ d’Orsay was none other than the same Gai Aulenti who transformed the old SF Main Library into the Asian Art Museum.

  6. sfcitizen says:

    Did not know that, thanks…. That woman gets around!

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  8. steve says:

    these lads are soooo hot!