I don’t know, once you get a Great European Museum to agree to send over its stuff while they do a little Spring Cleaning, well that’s pretty much all the heavy lifting you need right there – everything else takes care of itself. So of course you get your scholars working and you need to get cogitating about what goes where and why, but it’s all downhill after that. For whatever reason, we San Franciscans get more than our fair share of these kinds of museum loans.
As here, and now, at our de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park. Their awesome new exhibit, Birth of Impressionism: Masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay, is a smash success already.
“In view of the present exhibition, expectations for the second installment* could not be higher.”
O.K. then. It’s breathtaking, in’nt?
Be sure to listen to Guy Cogeval, President of the Musee d’Orsay in Paris and John Buchanan, Director of Fine Arts Museums San Francisco talk with Michael Krasny on 50 minutes worth of KQED Forum. And take a look at KGO-TV Channel 7’s special video report right here.
Here are a few shots from the press preview. Hat Lady Jan Wahl was on the scene, as was Gavin Newsom, who generally does an excellent job at these kinds of events.
All the hard work is done, so all you need to do is get down there and check it out. Plan your visit now.
Peut-être je vous verrai la!
*It’s coming in September 2010: “Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cezanne and Beyond: Post-Impressionist Masterpieces From the Musée d’Orsay.”