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“Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cézanne, and Beyond” Show Kicks Off at the de Young Museum – Hear All About it on KQED-FM Right Now

Monday, September 27th, 2010

Our de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park just kicked off its new show. 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

Here’s what the kick-off looked like.

John Buchanan, Director of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (FAMSF), says this is your “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.” Listen to him talk all about the new show on KQED-FM’s Forum program – it’s on right now.

Post-Impressionists From the Musee d’Orsay
We discuss the second of two exhibits hosted by San Francisco’s de Young Museum, featuring Impressionist masterpieces from the Musee d’Orsay in Paris.
This exhibit highlights Post-Impressionist works from Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cezanne and beyond. We talk with the directors of both the Musee d’Orsay and the de Young Museum.

Host: Michael Krasny

Guests:

  • Guy Cogeval, president of the Musee d’Orsay in Paris
  • John Buchanan, director of Fine Arts Museums San Francisco, including the de Young Museum”

But if you miss the radio show, they’ll post an mp3 soon enough.

It’s Didi! Diane B. Wilsey, Board President of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (FAMSF), reminded everybody about the goings on at the “little sister” Legion of Honor Museum just to the north of the de Young:

And here’s Romain Serman, our brand new French Consul General. He’s been on the job in San Francisco for seven weeks. He says that we’re “truly the sister of Paris.”

And here’s Guy Cogeval, President of the Musee D’Orsay. He says this exhibit is more beautiful than the first one he loaned us this year.

See you there!

Post Impressionists Countdown – Two Days Until the Big Show at Our De Young – Win Free VIP Tickets!

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010
  
 
Get your tickets right here.
 
Or, better yet, get your V.I.P. tickets over at the Richmond District Blog, where you can answer a question to win your fair share of the six available.
 
OMG, it’s Paul Gauguin’sPortrait of the Artist With the Yellow Christ.” See it getting unboxed and hung last week at SFGate.
 
 
Self-Portrait with Yellow Christ.  1890-1891.  Paul Gauguin (1848-1903).  Oil on canvas, 15 x 18 1/8 inches. RMN (Musée d’Orsay)/René-Gabriel Ojéda
  
It’s three paintings, three paintings in one! (And Paul looks just how I imagined waiter Jean-Luc in that General Foods International Coffees commercial* from back in the day. Bonus.) 

See you there Saturday morning. Get all the deets, after the jump.

*Unlike you, I know the 1980′s from personal experience…

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Post Impressionists Countdown – Three Days Until the Big Show at Our De Young – Starry Night Over the Rhone

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

Here it is, baby. It’s Starry Night Over the Rhone and it’s already hanging in the lower level of our de Young Museum right now, direct from Paris, France.

This isn’t exactly the painting that Don McLean was singing about four decades back, but it’s close enough.

See how close you can get your nose to the details of the three-dimensional brush-strokes (if you get Tasered, you were too close), starting September 25th, 2010:

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What do you think, how’d VVG do?

Starry starry night
paint your palette blue and grey

look out on a summer’s day
with eyes that know the
darkness in my soul.
Shadows on the hills
sketch the trees and the daffodils

catch the breeze and the winter chills

in colors on the snowy linen land.
And now I understand what you tried to say to me

how you suffered for your sanity
how you tried to set them free.
They would not listen
they did not know how

perhaps they’ll listen now.

Starry
starry night
flaming flo’rs that brightly blaze

swirling clouds in violet haze reflect in
Vincent’s eyes of China blue.
Colors changing hue
morning fields of amber grain

weathered faces lined in pain
are soothed beneath the artist’s
loving hand.
And now I understand what you tried to say to me

how you suffered for your sanity
how you tried to set them free.
perhaps they’ll listen now.

For they could not love you
but still your love was true

and when no hope was left in sight on that starry
starry night.
You took your life
as lovers often do;
But I could have told you
Vincent
this world was never
meant for one
as beautiful as you.

Starry
starry night
portraits hung in empty halls

frameless heads on nameless walls
with eyes
that watch the world and can’t forget.
Like the stranger that you’ve met

the ragged men in ragged clothes

the silver thorn of bloddy rose
lie crushed and broken
on the virgin snow.
And now I think I know what you tried to say to me

how you suffered for your sanity

how you tried to set them free.
They would not listen
they’re not
list’ning still
perhaps they never will.

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

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

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.

OMG, Win Tickets to See the Big Impressionists Show at the de Young Museum!

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

[UPDATE: Looks like Darren K is the big winner today. Thanks for playing!]

I’ll tell you, the big Impressionists show over at our de Young Museum is the real deal. It’s a must-see, baby. But it’s leaving us on September 6th, 2010.

So, you need to get over there while you have the chance. Now, if you want to win a free pair of V.I.P. tickets (the kind without a time stamp so you can just show up and walk right in, generally), make a comment to this post telling everyone the name of the de Young’s affinity card that gets you discounts and special offers all over Northern California sometime after noon on Monday, July 26th, 2010. That’s it. I’m thinking that you’ll want to try posting right at noon on Monday. You got one shot at it. I’ll check the timestamp – 11:59 AM won’t cut it, but 12:00 PM or later will. First one wins. Use your real email, it won’t get published.

And, bonus, you’ll also get the hefty show catalog, which you could use to defend yourself in a streetfight, should the need arise.

And just look at what you might see there:

You can’t win if you don’t play.

Birth of Impressionism: Masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay fever. Catch it.

Reviews are IN for “Birth of Impressionism” at the de Young Museum – A Must See

Friday, May 28th, 2010

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.

Check out the pre-game report and The Review from Kenneth Baker, for starters:

“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.

Check out Bill Wilson’s photos of the recent press preview last week.

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.”

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

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

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

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The Great Uncrating: Our de Young Museum Unpacks Whistler’s Mother for Media Scrum

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

(Note the “r” in scrum, if you would.) Oh baby, our de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park was all a twitter this morning during the uncrating of Whistler’s Mother - she just came in all the way from France. (This painting makes it to our neck of the woods less often than King Tut, so this is a big deal – we’re lucky to have it.)

The famous image (the fourth most-recognized painting in the world – can you name others?) will star in Birth of Impressionism: Masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay. That big exhibit kicks off May 22nd, 2010.

It was quite the media circus. See?

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But let’s start at the beginning.

Here’s the big box it was shipped in:

It’s a living:

And here she is, up on the wall.

This big show opens soon, right? 

Arrangement in Gray and Black is the official title:

See you there!