69 paintings from Musée d'Orsay to be exhibited in Taipei
Taipei, April 7 (CNA) For lovers of 19th century European art keen to visit Musée d'Orsay in Paris, it is now easier than ever, with 69 masterpieces from the museum set to go on display at National Palace Museum (NPM) in Taipei.
The grand exhibition celebrating the 30th anniversary of the foundation of the Musée d'Orsay will be opened at the Taipei museum Saturday, displaying paintings that showcase the development of European painting in the second half of the 19th century, the organizers announced Friday.
The priceless paintings to be exhibited include "Rest from Work" by Vincent Van Gogh, "The Gleaners (Des glaneuses)" by Jean-François Millet and "Young Girls at the Piano" by Pierre-Auguste Renoir.
The 69 artistic masterpieces have been insured for more than NT$15 billion (US$490 million), NPM Director Lin Jeng-yi said.
At a press conference held to promote the upcoming exhibition at NPM, Lin expressed hope that the Taipei show will attract 300,000 visitors, more than 230,000 who saw the exhibition when it was in Seoul, South Korea earlier in the year.
Musée d'Orsay chief executive Alain Lombard said at the press conference that he hopes the exhibition will not only mark the beginning of exchanges between Taiwanese and French museums, but also encourages Taiwanese people to learn about the world of European aesthetics in the 19th century.
The drawings to be displayed are divided into five sections -- Romanticism and Classicism; Academism and Realism; Impressionism and Naturalism; Symbolism and Eclecticism; and sources for modern art in the 20th century, according to the organizers.
The Musée d'Orsay's main collections include art work created in the period 1848-1914. The museum has inherited the traditions of the Musée du Louvre's and occupies a position between traditional and modern museums like the Centre Georges-Pompidou and Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris.
The Musée d'Orsay30 Taiwan exhibition will run through July 24. (Courtesy of CNA)